M-Net partners with Cinemax to bring new local drama series worldwide
18 June 2019
M-Net has collaborated with global broadcasters to offer the television version of Deon Meyer’s crime novel, Trackers, to the world.
M-Net seized a partnership deal with ‘Germany’s public broadcaster ZDF. The pay TV operator has specified that crime thriller is also being co-produced by Cinemax, which will offer the drama series worldwide outside M-Net and ZDF’s geographical broadcasting area.
The CEO of General Entertainment of MultiChoice, Yolisa Phahle, declared, “The trailblazing and massively exciting co-production of Trackers illustrates M–’Net’s vision and commitment to shine the spotlight on the African film and television industry and provide fresh, proudly African narratives to our viewers as well as global audiences. It is also taking our longstanding relationship with Cinemax to the next level, allowing local and international talent to combine their world-class story-telling and production skills.”
Furthermore, M-Net is already the home of Cinemax and its sister network HBO, offering viewers groundbreaking shows like Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, Westworld and many more. HBO, Cinemax and M-Net also introduced an innovative Producers Apprenticeship programme last year when the Cinemax series Warrior, coming to M-Net in July, was filmed in South Africa. Some other Cinemax originals available on M-Net include Banshee, The Knick and Strike Back.
The production for Trackers has already begun in exotic locations across South Africa, and the co-production associates have been collaborating together on all facets of production – from developing and casting, to assembling the crew and approving the final content.
Trackers will premiere on M-Net (DStv 101) in October 2019 and will also be acessible on Showmax.