Here Are All the Biggest Announcements from Multichoice Showcase 2022

MultiChoice continues to be the biggest funder of local content in Africa and produced 6 028 hours of local content in the last financial year, with its local content library now comprising close to 70 000 hours of the best in African continental content.

 

“Our customers want to see more local stories and we have 45 local content channels and counting on DStv across the continentt to meet this demand. As we continue to roll our content out across Africa, we also strengthen our relationships with global co-production partners to continue to expand our repertoire,” says Nomsa Philiso, recently appointed CEO General Entertainment at MultiChoice Group. 

MultiChoice’s premiere South African video entertainment brands, Mzansi MagickykNet and M-Net will offer an array of exciting shows to keep customers entertained and informed.

M-Net

M-Net is the flagship channel for DStv Premium and broadcasts general entertainment such as first-run international TV series, local versions of the biggest international franchises, international co-productions as well as premiere movies, documentaries, and music specials. M-Net Channel 101 partners with the best service providers and studios to produce and acquire the most thrilling and informative entertainment. 

 

After the success of local shows like ReykaTrackers and Recipes for Love & Murder, M-Net will deliver no fewer than five more international co-productions in the next 18 months – including Devil’s Peak, an adaptation of the hit novel by Deon Meyer.

 

The crime thriller series stars a South African cast of celebrated names as well as up-and-comers and is produced by Lookout Point and Expanded Media Productions in association with MultiChoice Studios and BBC Studios Distribution. It will premiere on M-Net Channel 101 in 2023.

 

Based on Deon Meyer’s acclaimed 2004 bestseller, which is the first in the Detective Benny Griessel novels, Devil’s Peak is a multi-layered crime thriller set within one of the most beautiful yet divided cities on earth: Cape Town. It follows talented but broken Detective Benny Griessel, tasked with tracking down a righteous vigilante killer whose crimes are capturing the imagination of the city. Starring Hilton Pelser,Sisanda Henna, Tarryn Wyngaard, Shamilla Miller and Masasa Mbangeni and directed by multi-award-winning director Jozua Malherbe.

 

Also coming to M-Net is Girl, taken, a co-production with DTI and Screen Ireland. This gripping doccie tells the story of Baby Zephany Nurse, who was abducted from Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town when she was just two days old. 

 

Lioness is back for a second season. If you missed Season 1, it’s a thrilling South African drama where a woman – played by the inimitable Shannon Esra – is wrongly convicted of fraud and, in the process, loses her children – eight years later she is out of prison and intent on reuniting with her children and clearing her name. 

 

Then, there is nothing that gets family and friends together like a braai, but it’s not every day you have a Michelin star chef at the flames. The beloved chef duo: David Higgs and the multi-talented J’Something, are back for another season of My Kitchen Rules SA that started on 4 SeptemberThe show is already such a scorcher! 

Mzansi Magic

Mzansi’s Magic new mouth-watering show, Lavish, will air in November 2022 – the perfect appetizer for what the channel has in store for next year. Lavish is a suspense show that takes ordinary people, puts them in an extraordinary situation, pushing them to their limit – and then lets the chaos unfold in front of our eyes as they throw money at their problems, hoping that they go away.

 

Also set to premiere in November is Imboni yama Tekisi, a show which takes viewers inside South Africa’s taxi industry. The show will follow three taxi bosses as they navigate life in this challenging industry.

 

Looking forward to June 2023, Mzansi Magic will premiere the much-anticipated ten-part, prime-time drama Shaka Ilembe. The series will feature some of the country’s biggest stars and introduce fresh faces, destined for future success. Shaka Ilembe depicts the great kingdoms of the AmaThethwa, the AmaNdwandwe, AmaQwabe, AmaHlubi and AmaZulu, amongst others. Against this epic backdrop, we see the heroic rise of Shaka. This series was made in Africa, by Africans for Africans and global viewers.

 

The Real Housewives franchise has taken reality TV by storm. The South African journey started with The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, and then viewers were taken on a journey in Durban with The Real Housewives of Durban – and now fans are following the flashy and controversial lives of The Real Housewives of Cape Town

 

The Real Housewives of Pretoria will kick off on 13 October on kykNET with The Real Housewives of Gqeberha set to hit the screens in 2023 on Mzansi Magic. Fans of the franchise will now experience the glamour, opulence, aesthetics, and comedic drama from some of the boldest women, from different corners of the country. 

 

Other newcomers include Indoda, a show about the ambitions, insecurities, and insatiable appetites of men, which is set to hit screens in January. The show follows the story of Luzuko Mxenge, a wealthy shipping magnate. Luzuko has all the trappings of a success. Beautiful houses, brilliant children, a thriving career, and three wives, who love him to death… sometimes, literally.

 

In Khomkhulu, another first for the channel, Chief Masoso is to be executed for being impotent when his pregnant sister, Sayine concocts a plan with his wife Bongiwe to pass off her pregnancy as the latter’s to save the Chief from execution. Sayine and Bongiwe’s plan works out – with dire future consequences when the children are born and the fight for the throne escalates when the chief mysteriously dies after confronting his wife and sister about the children’s paternity. This gripping new local series will air in April.

 

In new show Grown Woman, Tina turns 50 years old and gets her groove back. She meets a 28-year-old investment banker, Tim, who she hits it off with and sets her off in a romantic affair with a man who is her son’s age. To hide this affair, she starts entertaining Themba from the office. Tim gives Tin her groove back, while Themba gives her the emotional support she needs. If you want to find out how Tina gets out of this conundrum, the show will air in February.

 

Mzansi Magic brings back some of the favourites that propelled it to its status as one of South Africa’s most loved channels. After two successful seasons, Umkhokha: The Curse returns with a third in April. Faced with the complete disintegration of a church they both love, two matriarchs from opposing factions arrange a marriage between their children Xolile and Spamandla. Xolile is found hanging from the ceiling of her bedroom. Xolile’s mother (Mamzobe) cannot bring herself to cleanse her body and the family lie that they have performed the ritual.

 

Favourites The Saturday Showdown; Entangled; Ingane Yam and Love Back will all be making a return to Mzansi Magic in early 2023, while South Africa’s favourite dating show, Date My Family, makes an eagerly anticipated return in November 2022 with its 10th season. 

 

On 1Magic, season 6 of The River continues to follow the diamond divided Dlaminis and Mokoenas.

 

On Mzani Wethu, Ubizo and Love Loss both return in April for their third seasons. 

Love and Loss is a docu-reality series telling the stories of widows and widowers who suffered the tragic loss of their spouse and have since encountered challenges with those left behind. In Ubizo, medium Lloyd looks to bring balance to seekers and viewers alike by fitting the missing puzzle pieces to their existence.

 

Debuting on Mzansi Wethu in January 2023 are two reality shows for viewers to feast on: I’m With Your Ex and Zuzu UmthwaloI’m With Your Ex is a reality show that helps people confess to their friends or loved ones that they are dating their ex. Zuzu Umthwalo is a reality show centred around the burden of ‘black tax’ on certain family members. Host Alphie helps the financially burdened family member confront the issue, in pursuit of an amicable solution.

 

 

Philiso also adds excitedly, ‘after the resounding success of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija we are switching things up in 2023 with the first ever Big Brother Titans featuring housemates from Nigeria and South Africa. The Big Brother format is a firm favourite for our African audiences, and we are excited to innovate by bringing the two African powerhouses under one roof. Big Brother Titans will be available to all our markets on select packages across the continent and eviction shows will be simulcast across the Pan-African spread of our general entertainment.’

kykNET

kykNET has been keeping viewers glued to their screens since inception – and 2023 will be no different. The channel will continue to deliver cliff-hangers, laughter, and mystery. 

 

On 3 October 2022, new locally produced telenovela Diepe Waters will air on channel 144. The telenovela focuses on ex-Olympic hopeful Anja Botha who suddenly returns home after twenty years of being abroad. Anja is met with hostility from more than one person in her community and she realizes that blood is not always thicker than water. Justin Strydom, Lea Viviers, Sandi Schultz, Nadia Valvekens, Neels van Jaarsveld, Werner Coetser, Stephanie Baartman and Lizz Meiring all form part of this stellar cast that promises to deliver exciting cliff-hangers from Monday – Thursday on kykNET DStv channel 144 at 18:30

 

Fraksie debuts in September 2022. The cast of Fraksie is a stellar line-up that includes award-winning actors Edwin van der Walt; Marlo Minnaar; Ilse Klink; Crystal-Donna Roberts and Daneel van der Walt. 

 

Ushering in the new year, Marciel Hopkins returns for season 15 of Boer Soek ‘n Vrou in January 2023. Boer Soek ‘n Vrou is originally a Dutch format, and this South African version has proved to be a successful recipe for love and marriage – over the past 14 years, 28 farmers have found their soulmate. 

 

Not to be outdone kykNET&Kie is also starting the year with a debutant. In January 2023 new and exclusive reality show developed for the kykNET&kie from a Spanish format My ma kook beter as joune will be airing. Rapper Eraly B has been confirmed as the presenter. 

 

After a successful first season Wie word ‘n Miljoener? was lauded by SONY for its incredible production quality. The Afrikaans version of one of the world’s biggest game shows will be back on kykNET in January 2023. Rian van Heerden will be the host and take contestants through the 15 questions that stand between them and R1 million. In the previous season, Theunis Strydom walked away with the cheque of R500 000. Who will survive the hotseat and put their general knowledge to the ultimate test by answering 12 questions with four lifelines – and the opportunity to win R1 million?

 

In its commitment to continue growing the offering of kykNET&kie programming new titles will kick-off the October content slate such as Sê Jou Sê with popular HeartFM Breakfast host Aiden Thomas and Roer with funnyman Afried Adriaan cooking up a storm with celebrities. 

DStv viewers spoilt for choice with the best international content

MultiChoice is ending 2022 with a bang – and will continue to mesmerise its customers in 2023 and beyond – by bringing the best of international shows across its DStv channels, including evergreen BBC Earth, the stylish E! Entertainment, to the gritty Discovery Channel and the innovative Curiosity Channel, HGTV, Universal TV, TLC, ID and a whole lot more.

Currently on M-Net – off the back of one of the most successful shows in the history of television – comes the highly anticipated House of the Dragon. Set two hundred years before the events in Game of Thrones, this new series chronicles the beginning of the end of House Targaryen. We promised you quality international shows Express from the US – and just like a Lannister – we always pay our debts. This is a promise we have kept. We’re thrilled to have the series simulcast with the US, with each episode airing at 03:00, and available immediately on DStv Catch Up – and then broadcast on linear TV at 21:30 the same day. 

The best international shows continue to return to M-Net, including Chicago: PD, Fire & MedFBI: FBI (OG), FBI Most Wanted & FBI International; NCIS: NCIS (OG), NCIS LA, NCIS Hawaii, popular procedurals like Blue BloodsThe RookieLaw & Order and The Blacklist. Returning most-loved sitcoms include Young Sheldon S6 and Young Rock S3, alongside the best international reality shows, including America’s Got Talent S17; Britain’s Got Talent S15; Survivor US S43 & Australia S9; The Block S16 and MasterChef Australia S14 & 15. 

Sunday night blockbusters remain a staple on M-Net. Highlights for the rest of 2022 include Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2 October); The Suicide Squad (9 October); The Lost City (23 October); The 355 (30 October); Uncharted (6 November); Dune (20 November); Moonfall (11 December) and, in January 2023, Jurassic World: Dominion.

On Curiosity Channel, headliner Evolve will be leading the pack of exciting new shows. Evolve will change the way wildlife TV is made. Exploring nature, science, and tech like never before, Evolve dives deep into the emerging world of biomimicry. Biologist and host Patrick Aryee explores how evolution could hold the key to unlocking some of the world’s biggest challenges. Jam-packed with wildlife, stunning locations across four continents and mind-bending futuristic science, this Curiosity original series showcases the best of human ingenuity. Patrick gains exclusive access alongside some of the world’s leading explorers, inventors and scientists who are working wonders in areas from revolutionizing healthcare to transforming transportation.

 

Narrated by David Attenborough, Frozen Planet II will take audiences back to the wilderness of the Arctic and Antarctica. Ten years on from the original Frozen Planet, the series tells the complete story of the entire frozen quarter of our planet that’s locked in ice and blanketed in snow – on BBC Earth.

 

Life In Colour with David Attenborough will also air on BBC, giving viewers a front-row seat as he travels from the rainforests of Costa Rica to the snowy Scottish Highlands to reveal the extraordinary ways that animals use colour.

 

Viewers’ favourites are set to make a welcome return and keep the whole family glued to their screens.

 

On Discovery Channel, fan favourite Gold Rush returns for a 13th season. Tales From the Explorers’ Club, hosted by Expedition Unknown’s Josh Gates, takes viewers inside the headquarters of the Explorers’ Club to ‘relive the epic adventures of members who have pushed the boundaries of human possibility venturing to Earth’s highest peaks, deepest ocean trenches, the North and South poles and even into outer space’. It will detail the accomplishments of legendary figures such as Ernest Shackleton; Gertrude Bell; Sir Edmund Hillary; Jim Lovell; and even Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

 

On TLC, 90 Day Fiancé: UK is a new spin-off of the original franchise, which sees couples from diverse backgrounds trying to defy the odds in their quest for true love.

 

On Universal TV, high-octane conspiracy series, Departure returns for a third season. After the disappearance of Flight 716 in Season 1 and a devastating train crash in Season 2, Kendra Malley (Archie Panjabi) and Dominic Heyes (Kris Holden-Ried) must once again take up the investigation in Season 3, as a ferry sinks on its way to Newfoundland, presenting the duo with a series of mysterious puzzles.

 

Viewers can also enjoy new seasons of other popular procedurals like Diggstown S3 and Transplant S3 on the same channel.

 

National Geographic’s offering gets meatier with Appetite For Adventure with Big Moe Cason returning, as ‘Big Moe’ takes his grilling mitts on the road to seek out the planet’s most mouth-watering mythical dishes, cooked over an open flame.

Crime docuseries Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller returns, with the titular award-winning journalist continuing to explore the inner workings of the global underworld’s most dangerous black markets. In each episode, she journeys inside a different black market or trafficking network – from drugs and stolen cars to outlaw bikers and Amazon mafias – to meet the players, learn the business and better understand the world’s multi-trillion-dollar shadow economy

 

HGTV offers exquisite lifestyle shows with celebrity hosts. Brand new show The Great Giveback with Melissa McCarthy will make its debut. McCarthy partners with design-savvy Jenna Perusich to give back to those who give selflessly to others, with surprise home makeovers.

 

BBC has a string of returning favourites, including popular dance show Strictly Come Dancing, general knowledge gameshow Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? With Jeremy Clarkson and a new instalment of The Weakest Link with Romesh RanganathanGhosts is set to amuse viewers with sharp British humour as the young couple who inherited a grand country house, continue to meet the ghosts of its former inhabitants.

 

All Creatures Great and Small S2, Midsomer Murders S22 and Miss Scarlet and The Duke S2 all return to BBC Brit as well.

 

On BBC Lifestyle, Listing Jozi S2 and Come Dine With Me South Africa S8 will also be airing.

 

This Body Works For Me, a show where empowered women openly talk about how their erotic work earns them an income, will also be available on Honey TV.

 

MultiChoice is always seeking new ways to deliver content that is specifically tailored for customers, by adding new channels to its platforms.

 

QWEST TV, a Soul and Jazz channel co-owned by Quincy Jones, will launch later this year. Featuring legends such as Aretha Franklin, Louis Armstrong and Roberta Flack, the channel preserves the richness of history, while reflecting the present-day beauty and reality of culturally and racially diverse people.

 

Universal+ will give customers high-quality international full box sets, current and back seasons to binge – with the addition of approximately 1 400 titles from E! Entertainment, Telemundo, Studio Universal, Universal TV, Dreamworks, available for longer periods of time on a Connected Explora and the DStv App.

Kids’ content forms an integral part of our DStv offering and we have the best brands to entertain our young audiences.

 

Kids can look forward to Moonbug, a new channel that will bring joy to the little ones. The channel is home to premium quality kids’ shows like CocoMelon, Blippi and Little Baby Bum.

 

Cartoon Network is set to dazzle with new shows like Lego’s Monkie Kid; Ivandoe; Jane Armor and fan favourite ratings driver Dragon Ball Super, which will be returning after a 3-year break.

 

On Boomerang, animated new shows include BatWheels from the DC Universe and Interstellar Ella, a show about a girl who is gleefully testing her limits in a star-filled playground called ‘The Milky Way.’ Ella is a bright-eyed girl propelled by curiosity and ambition who discovers exciting new worlds alongside her best friends.

 

Kids can look forward to new animated and live action shows on Disney channel, including Hamster and Gretel and The Villains of Family View, which follows a family of raucous supervillains who must somehow beat a path to normalcy in a small Texas town.

 

Zombies returns for part 3 and the little ones can look forward to new seasons of Gigantosaurus and Spidey and his Amazing Friends, on Disney Junior.

 

The biggest event on the Nickelodeon calendar, the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, will also be airing in 2023.

 

“We are extremely proud of how our intentional slate has grown over the years, allowing us to deliver even more world-class entertainment for our customers. We have a diverse audience with different needs and preferences, which is why we continually challenge ourselves to deliver the latest, innovative content in a quest to cater for all our customers,” says Georginah Machiridza, Executive Head of Content Strategy and Third-party Channels at MultiChoice.

MultiChoice showcases the breadth and depth of its offering

MultiChoice is well-placed to be the platform of choice for video entertainment and consumer services across the African continent. This was the message from the MultiChoice Group CEO, Calvo Mawela, at the company’s annual Showcase, held today.

 

Attended by the media, MultiChoice executives, talent and other stakeholders, the Showcase offered a tantalising glimpse into the content customers on DStv, GOtv, Showmax and SuperSport can expect.

 

The theme for this year’s event was “A World of More”, speaking to how MultiChoice is evolving its offering to deliver value to its customers, beyond video entertainment. It is about offering an integrated digital ecosystem where customers can access a suite of services that meet their unique needs.

 

“We are expanding our entertainment ecosystem so that we can continue to meet the ever-evolving needs of our customers. Although we continue to invest significantly in our video entertainment business, we are also targeting select segments that are adjacent to our core business,” says Calvo Mawela, CEO of MultiChoice Group. 

 

“We are offering our customers the best in video entertainment alongside solutions in cybersecurity; sports betting; connectivity; on-demand medical and armed response; insurance and rewards – all linked on one platform. Customers are looking for products and services that offer convenience, solve their challenges, and enrich their lives – and MultiChoice continues to build a hub of services that meet those needs,” added Mawela.

 

The Group CEO also announced the coming launch of “Glass“, the ‘smarter’ TV which offers premium content over the internet meaning owners do not require a satellite dish or box set to operate it.

 

The Glass is MultiChoice’s response to customers’ demand for more content and easier viewing experiences, without the hassle of managing multiple apps and platforms.

 

A World of More for customers means more choice, more convenience and more value delivered by more world class entertainment, more local content, more sport, more ways to get connected, more ways to watch, more ways to get rewarded, more places to learn, more ways to pay and more ways to be secure. 

 

“We are growing our business and we will continue this journey in partnership with our customers as we continue to build our pay-TV business, grow our online and interactive services and make select investments in scalable tech-based consumer services in the areas of interactive entertainment, home services, fin-tech and edu-tech. Our customers can look forward to receiving more and more, all the time,” concluded Mawela.

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