Production Brief: Talk Show
M-Net has put out a brief for proposals for a Talk Show, to be broadcast on M-Net Series in the final quarter of 2009.

All the info:

Channel: M-Net Series
Genre: Talk Show
Language: English
Duration: 48 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 26
Scheduling: October 2009, 20h00 - 21h00
Budget: R 3 500.00 per minute

What We Want:

We welcome proposals for an original and dynamic talk show concept driven by the presence of a strong, charismatic female presenter or presenters who will appeal to a female audience. The overtone of the series must be light and fun, but with enough heart to veer into the realm of more serious issues of interest to a female audience.

The show must have the scope to cover and celebrate all the different facets of being a woman. Aspire to keep the concept fresh and current so that it can grow into the “go to” show for women of all races. Think out of the box, interactive and innovative.

What We Don’t Want:

Please do not send us a proposal for a talk show that is driven by celebrity interviews and tabloid gossip.

Target market:

Females aged between 24 – 49, LSM 6 -10; taking into consideration our female viewers on the Compact Bouquet


The proposals must contain the following information:

1. Suggested Presenter(s)
2. Synopsis
3. Detailed treatment and approach
4. Preliminary production budget

Please submit both SD and HD budgets

Please include the CV’s of the creative team that will be involved on the production

Production Information:

• Adress of the registered production house
• Details of the production and post production facilities
• Production schedule

Corporate information:

• Company Registration number / certificate
• VAT registraion certificaate
• Names of the members of the company
• BEE status report of the company.
• Banking details

Closing Date: Monday, 4 May 2009
Short-listed pitches: 18 May 2009
Final Decision Date: 29 May 2009

Please Note:
Short-listed production companies will be invited to present their proposals in person, at a time that is suitable to both parties

Contact person: Anka P.

Contact details:

(011) 686 6047


Anka P.
M-Net Local Productions
Magic Centre Reception
137 Bram Fischer Ave

P.O. Box 2973

Replies: 6
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Reply from: Tashi Tuesday, April 21, 2009 22:19 PM
Very interesting brief - wondering what they're gonna get. Also whether they should go for newcomer presenters or well-knowns. Pro's of well-knowns is that the show will immediately get a profile but pro's of newbies is that there won't be any predetermined angle in terms of how they think and their views etc. 

Also they must really talk and listen. I don't think it should feel "presented".
Reply from: Brown Shuga Tuesday, April 21, 2009 22:22 PM
OMW Thanks for replying here Tashi, didn't see this...certainly worth "looking at"
Reply from: Paralyzer Wednesday, April 22, 2009 07:10 AM
Are u hinting shugs? Kind of backward saying 'no serious issues'??
Reply from: Tashi Thursday, April 23, 2009 03:28 AM
Plez Shugs! Para - they could be after something "Elleny"? - but without the celebs mmmm - then there isn't really anything is there? They say it can "veer into more serious topics" , maybe episodes can border on it without being too much type thing.

Some topic ideas that would be fun to see:  "How To lose/snag/get mega bucks out of a guy in 10 Days",  "The terrible State of Fashion in shops right now" " Divorce: the unacknowledged taboo", "How to cope with the need to spy on your neighbours" , "How to have a night out without spending a cent" - aka Ugly Betty
Reply from: Cal Monday, May 04, 2009 12:08 PM
Wow am I glad I happened to pop into your website!!!! I have the perfect brief written and ready.....watch this space!!!!
Reply from: Stifler Monday, May 28, 2012 09:55 AM
Good day,

I have noticed that there is an urgent need for a local current affairs/talk show program for DStv/MNET. Apart from Carte Blanche, there is no other flagship program aired (please don't bank on "The Wild"). A good suggestion is a daily show similar to the American shows "The View or "The Talk". Local personalities, preferably 4-6 ladies can talk and give insight about issues affecting society that happen within the previous 24-hours. Topics ranging from aspects in the political arena to good healthy living in front of a live studio audience could be discussed. Each day local celebs/special guests can feature or guest host on the program. With regards to possible hosts: they would need to be professional, witty and must be able to interact with the audience and viewer. My personal suggestions for fixed hosts are as follows:

1. Carol Mogale-Bouwer
2. Jailoshini Naidoo
3. Gerry Rantseli-Elsdon
4. Khanyi Dhlomo-Mkhize
5. Michelle Garforth-Venter
6. Michelle Mclean
7. Zuraida Jardine
8. Devi Sankaree Govender
9. Basetsana Khumalo
10. Jeannie D

These ladies have extensive experience in the industry some of whom have been firm favourites of viewers over the years. A show like this, if produced professionally, can be a real draw card in terms of viewership.

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