HBO's Cinemax Joins South Africa-Germany Co-Production Series, Trackers
HBO's Cinemax TV channel has joined South Africa's M-Net and Germany's ZDF in their production collaboration of the Cape Town filmed drama series that is based on Deon Meyer's crime-and-spy book Trackers.
While M-Net will broadcast Trackers in South Africa and throughout sub-Saharan Africa on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV service, ZDF will air it in Germany while Cinemax receives the remaining worldwide rights for the United States and audiences beyond Africa and Germany.
The 6-episode Trackers is produced by Three River Studios in the United Kingdom and will debut on M-Net (DStv 101) in October 2019. It will also be made available on MultiChoice's subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform, Showmax.
Trackers is an action-thriller that revolves around a global terrorist plot in Cape Town, South Africa and a conspiracy involving smuggled diamonds, organized crime and the CIA.
Robert Thorogood, a British writer, is the showrunner with Deon Meyer as the co-producer and supervising screenwriter.
The Trackers cast includes Rolanda Marais, Ed Stoppard, Thapelo Mokoena, James Gracie and James Alexander, among others.
MultiChoice's CEO of General Entertainment, Yolisa Phahle said that the trailblazing and exciting co-production of Trackers shows M–Net's vision and commitment to showcase the African film and television industry and offer original, proudly African narratives to local viewers and global audiences.
She added that the co-production would take MultiChoice's longstanding business relationship with Cinemax to the next level, allowing African and international talent to combine their production and storytelling skills.
Phahle noted that MultiChoice and M-Net are incredibly proud to step into new territory with the game-changing players that are involved in this co-production.
The President of HBO Films, Miniseries and Cinemax, Len Amato said that Cinemax is delighted to collaborate with ZDF and M-Net in bringing Deon Meyer's unique characters and storytelling to screens around the world.
Besides Cape Town, M-Net confirmed that filming for Trackers had already begun in "exotic locations" across South Africa and that ZDF, Cinemax and M-Net had been working together on every aspect of production – from casting and developing, to putting a crew together and approving the final content.
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