Black inks deal with Fox Networks Group to bring incredible content to SA

1 December 2017

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Eight premium channels to launch on black including FOX, National Geographic and FOX Life black to be the first platform to launch FOX+ in South Africa, the new on-demand service from Fox Networks Group, Europe & Africa

Johannesburg, 16 November 2017; South Africa’s premium entertainment platform, black, has signed an agreement with Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe & Africa to deliver premium linear and video-on-demand content from one of the largest entertainment companies in the world, 21st Century Fox. black, the new innovative entertainment service, will be available on Android and iOS via apps, will have its own smart box and will also be available through web browsers.

“We are exceptionally excited to have signed this momentous deal, which will add to the premium content already available on the black platform,” says black’s Chief Executive of Content, Surie Ramasary.

Through genre defining channel brands FOX, FOX Sports and National Geographic, FNG Europe & Africa is the pan-regional leader for entertainment, factual and sports programming. The deal brings a raft of premium linear and nonlinear services to black including eight distinctive channels and FOX+, the new on-demand service that will be launching in South Africa for the first time.

Offering full seasons on-demand to subscribers of black, FOX+ provides unparalleled on-demand access to key shows from the vast TV content library of 21st Century Fox. The new service brings some of the best in drama, comedy and animation from the critically acclaimed 21CF studios; 20th Century Fox Television, fox21 television studios and all FNG Global shows. Launching with select seasons from five of the most iconic programmes from the past ten years, FOX+ will be adding new shows and seasons every month, meaning there’s always something fresh and entertaining to watch.

“Fox Networks Group is uniquely positioned in Africa to deliver a single bouquet of best in genre entertainment to our platform partners. Whether our fans come for locally produced, exclusive African football and boxing, first run, award winning Hollywood drama and comedy, Africa produced local storytelling, or award winning National Geographic originals, we deliver brands that resonate” said Adam Theiler, Executive Vice President of Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa. “Cell C is an innovator with a vision; and FOX is a natural content partner for black. Fox Networks Group are particularly proud to partner with Cell C as they undertake to revolutionise the mobile TV space, undoubtedly a key pillar in the future of entertainment,” continued Theiler.

“In total, subscribers will have access to thousands of episodes of hit series through its Fox+ offering, including iconic and critically acclaimed shows like The Walking Dead, Empire, Modern Family and Homeland, with more iconic shows to be made available over the next three years,” says Ramasary.

The channels that will be available to black customers include:

FOX Africa

FOX is one of the world’s most broadly distributed entertainment destinations and is synonymous with bringing the best entertainment, first. A destination for some of the biggest television franchises in the world including, FOX is the exclusive home for the cult series “The Walking Dead” (now in its 8th season), and also airs the cultural phenomenon “Empire” (now in its 4th season), and the award winning “Atlanta” (season 2 starts in 2018). With a unique mix of drama, comedy and animation, FOX also airs “The Simpsons”; the longest-running scripted show in television history. Coming in Spring 2018, Deep State is a new eight-part visceral espionage thriller starring Mark Strong (Kingsman - The Golden Circle) and Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones), and is the first original drama commissioned by FOX, for all Europe & Africa channels.

FOX Life

A Pan African channel offering a mix of international and local urban contemporary content. FOX Life is the perfect home and port of call for young aspirational female viewers in Africa. Alongside hip reality franchises like the “Preachers of” sits locally produced content like “Vintage Z” and local songstress reality show “Lira Dreamchaser” Turkish telenovelas are also a staple on the channel.

National Geographic

National Geographic believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling, to change the world. With an unrivalled media portfolio that reaches over 760 million consumers every month, National Geographic is the very definition of entertainment with a purpose, as over a quarter of proceeds made by the for-profit portfolio are returned to the non-profit National Geographic Society each year to fund exploration, science, research and conservation. The National Geographic channel is the ultimate destination for entertaining premium science and exploration programming, including innovative new shows like “MARS” which returns for a new season in 2018. Executive Produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, this unique hybrid of futuristic dramatization and documentary sequences will delve under the Martian surface to confront the demands, perils and advantages of colonizing the red planet. The ten time EMMY nominated anthology series “Genius”, the first drama from National Geographic, also returns in the Spring for its second season, charting the life of Pablo Picasso, played by three-time Golden Globe nominee, Antonio Banderas. Audiences can also look forward to the release of “Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist” in December 2017.

Nat Geo Wild

Backed by its reputation for quality programming, Nat Geo Wild is dedicated to bringing unique insights into the natural world, the environment and the amazing creatures that inhabit it. From the most remote settings to the forbidden depths of our ocean, to the protected parks on our doorsteps, Nat Geo Wild uses spectacular cinematography and compelling storytelling to take viewers on unforgettable journeys around the world. Nat Geo Wild houses international and locally produced premium content. The recent series of “Snakes in the City”, filmed on location in Kwa-Zulu Natal, followed snake catchers Simon and Siouxsie catching snakes all over South Africa’s snake capital. The franchise “Savage Kingdom”, following six prides of lions in Botswana, returns for a second season in December 2017.

FOX Sports 1 & 2

FOX Sports is the world’s leading sports television brand, in terms of premium and innovative sports broadcasting, distribution and exclusive rights. FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 broadcast 24/7 and are home to some of the world’s most watched and sought after sports franchises with live coverage from the Dutch Eredivisie, Ligue 1 from France featuring the world’s most expensive footballer, Neymar, Euro League Europe’s finest basketball, the Belgian Pro League, the English Championship as well as the Scottish Premier League. New to FOX Sports 1 is the WAFU Cup of Nations, which recently beamed to over 125 million household throughout the world, capturing all the action as it unfolded in Ghana. FOX Sports 2 is the home of the combat sports, which includes events from UFC, the Africa Boxing series and Glory Kickboxing.

BabyTV

BabyTV is the world’s leading baby and toddle network, for children under the age of four and their parents, airing 24 hours a day and completely commercial free. BabyTV features exclusive, 100% original, top quality shows created by child development and educational experts, and designed for both child and parent to enjoy together. Each hour on BabyTV is an enriching journey full of stories, songs, thymes & loveable characters.

FOX News

FOX News is the most-watched cable news channel in America and the undisputed leader in 24-hour cable news. With live daily programming of essential breaking news, expert political coverage and insider entertainment news, it brings to viewers the days’ most important happenings and the world’s most influential people. With 17 bureaus around the world providing the most respected journalists with the recourses they need, FOX News is without a doubt a powerhouse.

Source: Cell C