M-Net launches first format at MIPTV

Pan-African multi-channel M-Net is taking its first format, Piano Piano - inspired by ragtime piano players of the 1890s - to MIPFormats.
March 30, 2012

Pan-African multi-channel M-Net is taking its first format, Piano Piano – inspired by ragtime piano players of the 1890s – to MIPFormats.

The 13 x 30-minute series sees a talented ‘Resident Pianist’ challenged by a musical opponent in a piano duel, in each episode.

A studio audience will suggest game challenges on the spot and give scores for their performances. The format also features a celebrity guest, who takes part in the game.

The original series first aired on kykNET, M-Net’s dedicated Afrikaans channel, under the title Klop die Klawers.

“M-Net’s presence at this year’s market truly reflects the company’s dedication to the growth of African content within the global arena,”
said M-Net’s head of sales and library, Mike Dearham. “Piano Piano is a fantastic example of the unique and diverse content that is being produced on the continent.”

Dearham and Mandy Roger, sales and business development manager, are working with The Format Doctors to develop Piano Piano into an international format.

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