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May 13, 2020  |  Netflix To Roll Out South African Teen Drama Series ‘Blood & Water’

On Wednesday, May 20, Netflix will roll out its newest African Original series, Blood & Water, internationally. Blood & Water follows the story of 16-year-old Puleng Khumalo, as she deals with her transfer to the prestigious Parkhurst College, to investigate ...


May 05, 2020  |  Netflix Rolls Out ‘Made In Africa’ Collection

Netflix has announced the introduction of its ‘Made in Africa’ collection - a carefully curated list of African films, documentaries and films - to celebrate Africa Month and also to demonstrate Netflix’s commitment to Africa and the continent’s creative community. ...


May 01, 2020  |  Netflix Announces Its Next African Original - South African Dance Drama JIVA!

Netflix has announced that it has commissioned yet another South African original drama series, JIVA! as part of its growing offering of Netflix African originals. The series follows the dance trials and tribulations of a Durban working-class girl Ntombi, who fights off ...


Apr 29, 2020  |  Netflix Renews First African Original Series 'Queen Sono’ For Second Season

The espionage spy thriller Queen Sono has officially been renewed for another season. Netflix announced the news earlier this week and confirmed that the stars of the show, Pearl Thusi, Sechaba Morojele, Vuyo Dabula, Chi Mhende, Rob Van Vuuren, Loyiso ...


Nigeria: Govt To Enforce 70% Local Content For TV And Radio - Reports

In an effort to reform Nigeria’s broadcast industry, the nation’s federal government has announced that it will enforce 70 percent local content in TV and radio programmes in the country. Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, revealed this ...

Netflix’s African Original Spy Series To Unlock Continent Growth

Netflix has revealed that it sees the opening of its new crime-drama series Queen Sono as the first of many African original TV series that will grow the US giant in a market that is still dominated by satellite TV. ...

MultiChoice’s Showmax Local Content Offering Climbs To 50%

Showmax has revealed that more than half of its catalogue of movies and TV shows is now local content. This very deliberate shift to local started over a year ago with shows such as The Queen and The River, and more ...

Netflix Announces First Nigerian Original Series And Rolls Out ‘Netflix Naija’

Netflix has announced its presence in Nigeria. Last week, the streaming giant announced the arrival of Netflix Naija with a brand new Twitter account. The announcement tweet was shared with a photo of some of Nigeria’s most notable filmmakers and ...

StarTimes Rolls Out Local Programming Across 14 Channels In Africa

In a move to meet the growing demands of its subscribers across Africa, pay-TV operator StarTimes has announced an exciting new content offering to be enjoyed in 3 different languages across all 14 channels on its platform. The new content ...

MultiChoice Boss Calls For Support Of Local Production Companies

The general entertainment head of Africa’s biggest pay-TV operator is calling for a stimulus package to be made available for South Africa’s TV and film sector to help support local production companies in maximising their output of local series and ...

MultiChoice Supports New, Original Productions For Showmax In Nigeria And South Africa …Kenya To Follow

African VoD platforms have quickly come and gone, and the survivors have been joined by leading international players such as Netflix. VoD platforms in Africa continue to face issues around bandwidth quality, behaviour change and data pricing. Showmax plans to ...

South Africa: Showmax Filming Second Local Original Comedy Series

Filming began on Monday in Johannesburg on Woke in Progress, Showmax’s second Original scripted comedy series for MultiChoice’s video-on-demand (SVOD) service. MultiChoice’s Connected Video department announced that it had acquired Woke in Progress as its second comedy series after Tali’s Wedding Diary, and its ...

Netflix Starts Production On Second Original African Series

Netflix Africa has kicked off the production for its second original African series. The upcoming series, Blood & Water is a coming of age, mystery drama that is based in Cape Town. The highly-acclaimed award-winning director Nosipho Dumisa (Best Director, ...

Casting And Location Scouting Starting Soon For M-Net's Forthcoming 'Shaka' Series

Casting and location scouting will begin soon to find the perfect place and talent to film M-Net's edition of the story of the South African Zulu king Shaka that will be aired as a new drama series on DStv's Mzansi ...