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TV BIZ The E!xodus continues. It's oves for Giuliana Rancic on the E! red carpet after 20 years. She's stepped down as host, three months after Ryan Seacrest dropped his mic. She's signed a development deal with NBCUniversal (who own E!) for undisclosed projects.
Comments | 10 May 2021 16:55
TV BIZ Telemundo launches Telemundo Streaming Studios, dedicated to creating exclusive Hispanic shows for online audiences. Studio will also offer production facilities to other streaming services.
Comments | 06 May 2021 16:22
TV BIZ Netflix first quarter report reveals the streamer will spend $17 billion on content in 2021. That's almost 243 billion rands.
Comments | 21 Apr 2021 16:22
TV BIZ SABC Sport and 19 SABC radio channels went live on Openview today (15 April) as per the new agreement between eMedia and the SABC. SABC Sport: Channel 124. See comments for the radio station channel numbers>>
1 Comment | 15 Apr 2021 15:43
TV BIZ Quizzical Pictures (Swartwater, Intersexions) partners with Australian production house Goalpost Pictures (The Invisible Man) for new M-Net crime series Detective Cooper. It's based on the book A Beautiful Place to Die by Australian-South African writer Malla Nunn and it's about a white detective in apartheid-era South Africa who has a dangerous secret: he's mixed race.
Comments | 08 Apr 2021 14:30
TV BIZ eMedia and SABC extend their carriage deal which currently sees SABC1, 2 and 3 on OpenView. SABC's Sports Channel will be added soon, along with 19 SABC radio stations and two other SABC channels. We presume one of these will be an Encore-type set-up. Move coincides with the switch-off of analogue across the country while many households still don't have access to DTT (digital TV) set top boxes
Comments | 26 Mar 2021 08:57
TV BIZ AMC Networks' scary streaming service Shudder picks up Fried Barry by South African filmmaker Ryan Kruger. Acting newcomer Gary Green stars as a drug addict who gets overpowered by an alien tourist who takes him on a joyride through Cape Town. See comments for trailer >>
1 Comment | 24 Mar 2021 13:27
TV BIZ Netflix picks up Happiness Ever After, the sequel to the 2016 movie Happiness is a Four-letter Word. Thabang Moleya returns as director and Khanyi Mbau and Renate Stuurman reprise their roles as Zaza and Princess. No confirm on whether or not Mmabatho Montsho will return as Nandi. Story takes place five years later and Ayanda Halimana (Makoti, iKani) replaces Busisiwe Ntintili (Greed & Desire, Thula's Vine) as screenwriter. Loads on Netflix later this year.
Comments | 23 Mar 2021 18:09
TV BIZ Showtime orders drama series Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation, while we await the much-hyped but non-materialising Shaka Ilembe from M-Net. Showtime's rendition will be directed and produced by Training Day director Antoine Fuqua. Created and written by Nigerian-born writing team Olu Odebunmi and Tolu Awosika, writers on the upcoming Chris Pratt TV series The Terminal List for Amazon Prime, also directed by Antoine.
Comments | 18 Mar 2021 12:31
TV BIZ Principal photography underway for Star Trek spin-off Strange New Worlds by streamer Paramount+, previously known as CBS All Access. It's a prequel to the original series that follows Captain Christopher Pike, Mr. Spock and Number One on the USS Enterprise before Captain Kirk took command. Stars the same headliners as Stark Trek: Discovery: Anson Mount, Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn.
Comments | 15 Mar 2021 12:13
TV BIZ BBC Studios and ITV joint streaming service BritBox to launch in South Africa in the second half of 2021. Now we know why Emmerdale and Coronation Street have been ripped from M-Net City. Both are on BritBox in the US and Canada within hours of their UK broadcast so very likely it will happen here too.
Comments | 17 Feb 2021 09:53
TV BIZ HBO streaming service Max launches in Latin America and the Caribbean in June 2021, in its first extension beyond the US. Still not a word about it coming to South Africa.
Comments | 15 Feb 2021 15:47
TV BIZ The National Film and Video Foundation is on a mission to quantify the economic impact of the South African TV and film industry in detail, looking at its contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), taxes, and employment. Study also includes impact of COVID on the industry. TV and film practitioners can contribute perspectives by filling in a survey. See comments for details >>
1 Comment | 05 Feb 2021 10:55
TV BIZ Kevin Hart and his production company Heartbeat Productions ink deal with Netflix for four exclusive films starring Kevin.
Comments | 12 Jan 2021 16:16
TV BIZ Rapid Blue co-founder Kee-Leen Irvine steps down as Managing Director of the production house after 28 years. Rapid Blue Executive Producer and Business Director Ziyanda Mngomezulu steps up as new MD. Kee-Leen's husband Duncan Irvine remains CEO.
Comments | 23 Dec 2020 15:13
TV BIZ DStv adds Amazon Prime to the new Exlora Ultra decoder. Viewers who have a Prime account can watch on the Ultra in the same way as Netflix and Showmax.
Comments | 15 Dec 2020 10:22
TV BIZ As you know, renowned agent and casting director Moonyeen Lee died in July this year. She left her agency Moonyeen Lee & Associates (MLA) to her daughter Cindy Lee and Cindy's wife Nina Morris Lee. Nina, who ran her own advertising agency, has taken over the reigns as CEO and manager of MLA. See comments for more about her>>
1 Comment | 10 Dec 2020 17:02
TV BIZ Discovery launches its streaming service called Discovery+. Such a creative title! NOT. Debuts in the US on 4 January 2021. No word on when it will be available in South Africa.
Comments | 03 Dec 2020 12:35
TV BIZ DStv's stand-alone streaming service now officially up and running. Viewers can subscribe to DStv packages via the DStv app without a decoder or dish.
Comments | 02 Dec 2020 16:46
TV BIZ SABC and Cricket South Africa sign broadcast deal for the 2020/2021 cricket tours between Proteas and England, Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan. Live games air on what SHOULD be the SABC's sports channel, SABC3. See tour dates in the comments>>
1 Comment | 30 Nov 2020 09:48
TV BIZ DStv launches new concept store in Polowane called a Customer Experience Centre. Combines services at walk-in centres with a shopping experience in two floors. Subscribers can purchase decoders, test devices, activate services, pay for subscriptions and access self-service functionalities. Features themed spaces with a sales booth, solution bar, content lounge and what they're calling "entertainment pods".
1 Comment | 19 Nov 2020 10:10
TV BIZ Netflix to hold virtual 2021 upfronts for the members of the media on Thursday, 19 November.
Comments | 16 Nov 2020 16:40
TV BIZ SuperSport signs broadcast deal to be the official broadcaster of the Premier League for another five years, until 2025.
Comments | 10 Nov 2020 16:08
TV BIZ SABC partners with Telkom for its new streaming service TelkomONE which offers four SABC channels for free: SABC1, 2, Sport and Education. No sign of SABC3 anywhere. Sport and Education are the channels created for DTT. Now live on They'll have to run it much, MUCH better than they run their telecoms if they hope to last.
Comments | 09 Nov 2020 15:08
TV BIZ Nicole Kidman tells iHeart Radio’s Jam Nation podcast that Season 3 of Big Little Lies is in the works. Says author Lianne Moriarty (who wrote the original novel) is working on a new book to be turned into the season.
Comments | 30 Oct 2020 13:06
TV BIZ Idols ousts Gallo Music in favour of Oskido's Kalawa Jazmee Records for Season 16. Artists who've been produced by the label include Boom Shaka, Bongo Maffin, Mafikizolo, Thebe, Trompies, Busiswa, Zonke and Tamara Dey. They better do better than the previous labels who've botched things for years.
Comments | 26 Oct 2020 09:43
TV BIZ SABC proposes that all South Africans pay a TV licence to watch TV on any device, from any operator e.g. streaming services too. The proposal was presented to parliament on Tuesday, 20 October.
Comments | 21 Oct 2020 10:14
TV BIZ Major shake-ups at MultiChoice in the wake of the resignation of CEO Mark Rayner. His replacement: Nyiko Shiburi, current Regional Director of MultiChoice Africa: Southern Region. Mark leaves November-end and Nyiko steps in on 1 December. See who else has been promoted in the comments>>
1 Comment | 16 Oct 2020 16:19
TV BIZ Word of Mouth Pictures (Muvhango, Imbewu) appoints Arts, Culture and Heritage practitioner Mandla KaNozulu as new CEO of the production house. He was inaugurated at a recent media luncheon in Joziburg, starring the Muvhango cast.
1 Comment | 05 Oct 2020 12:02
TV BIZ DStv takes ownership of South African soccer by signing five-year deal as title sponsor of The Premier League.
Comments | 25 Sep 2020 10:34
TV BIZ BBC Studios to host virtual Upfronts for the press on Tuesday, 22 September in the wake of their latest deal with MultiChoice.
Comments | 17 Sep 2020 10:03
TV BIZ eNCA anchor Xoli Mngambi channel hops to Newzroom Afrika from 1 October to anchor Newsfeed AM from 09h00 to 12h00 (Mondays to Thursdays) and a new show on Sundays at 15h00.
1 Comment | 15 Sep 2020 16:53
TV BIZ Eliminated Idols hopeful Vhudie Mamphwe releases his Tshivenda audition track My Yoki Yoki on iTunes and Spotify.
1 Comment | 11 Sep 2020 13:55
TV BIZ Trace stable acquires majority stake in Cape Town-based production house Okuhle Media (Showville, Hectic Nine-9). Okuhle to provide content to Trace TV channels and TracePlay streaming. Will also build courses for online edutainment platform Trace Academia to be launched in November 2020.
Comments | 10 Sep 2020 16:28
TV BIZ MultiChoice South Africa CEO Mark Rayner resigns after 14 years with the company. His last day: 30 November. No replacement confirmed yet.
Comments | 08 Sep 2020 22:50
TV BIZ From 1 September, all subscribers who don't have Premium can "Add Movies" to their package by paying R99 for M-Net Movies 1 and 2 and Afrikaans movie channel fliekNET.
2 Comments | 31 Aug 2020 14:31
TV BIZ DStv to launch Rewards programme for subscribers offering benefits from BoxOffice and other DStv-related products and services. Will be free and available on the DStv app and website.
Comments | 21 Aug 2020 11:48
TV BIZ DStv launches DStv Communities whereby "qualifying groups" can sign-up for DStv packages as a collective to qualify for benefits e.g. cash backs and discounts.
Comments | 21 Aug 2020 09:46
TV BIZ DStv announces launch of new wifi-connected Explora called Ultra Explora and a stand alone internet set-top box Streama, for streaming without an Explora. MultiChoice mentioned Netflix and Amazon as being available on these in a financial report in June but they're nowhere to be seen. The Ultra Explora and Streama have Showmax, YouTube and JOOX.
1 Comment | 19 Aug 2020 14:54
TV BIZ Netflix to debut a Broadway musical about Princess Diana's life before it opens on Broadway. It was supposed to open in March this year but was wiped out by COVID so it's loading on screen first. Premiere date still to be announced.
Comments | 14 Aug 2020 15:55
TV BIZ Netflix to load South African/Angolan film Santana on Friday, 28 August. It was made in 2015 and was slated to release at Nu Metro in May this year (as Dias Santana) but didn't. It stars Rapulana Seiphemo, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Nompilo Gwala alongside Scottish actor David O'Hara and Angolan actors Paulo Americano and Raul Rosario. See comments for a trailer>>
1 Comment | 14 Aug 2020 14:51
TV BIZ Discovery announces plan to launch new streaming service featuring non-fiction and unscripted shows to make it different from other streamers.
Comments | 06 Aug 2020 16:40
TV BIZ Denis Leary (Rescue Me) signs development deal with FOX to develop and produce comedies, dramas and animations through his new production company Amoeba.
Comments | 24 Jul 2020 16:48
TV BIZ SABC acquires the rights to the remainder of the 2019/2020 FA Cup season. Quarterfinals air on SABC3 on Saturday, 27 June at 23h30 (delayed) and Sunday, 28 June at 14h00 and 17h00 (live).
Comments | 26 Jun 2020 09:33
TV BIZ MultiChoice reveals plan to carry Netflix and Amazon Prime Video as additional VOD services alongside Showmax on upcoming new Explora. No date provided for the release.
Comments | 11 Jun 2020 10:09
TV BIZ TV journalist Devi Sankaree Govender left Carte Blanche in January to pursue "other career opportunities" and now we know what they are. She's headlining her own show on and eNCA called Devi, premieres: Friday, 12 June at 18h30 and 20h30. She's also involved with other projects at eMedia apparently.
Comments | 08 Jun 2020 12:30
TV BIZ TV writer Ben Johnson Jr (Imbewu, Gold Diggers 2, Keeping Score) lands Head Writer position for South African adaptation of Ugly Betty on Netflix.
Comments | 05 Jun 2020 11:08
TV BIZ M-Net series Trackers to premiere on American cable network Cinemax on 5 June. Cinemax is owned by HBO and co-produced the show.
Comments | 18 May 2020 12:28
TV BIZ AMC Networks buys the rights to Anne Rice gothic novels to turn into TV shows. 18 titles in total from The Vampire Chronicles Series and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches Series.
Comments | 15 May 2020 09:56
TV BIZ All SABC TV productions can resume filming as and when they're ready. Some want to film, while others want to wait. Also: ICASA scraps the rules.
1 Comment | 05 May 2020 14:51


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Snazz cuts and creative hairdos. The prize: 150,000 big ones.

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BBC Brit reveals Secrets of the Supercars and Power Book II: Ghost starts on M-Net City.

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Bertus Basson fixes restaurants in kykNET's In die Sop and sitcom The Upshaws drops on Netflix.


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