U.S. media company A+E Networks and New York-based prodco Leftfield Pictures have partnered to bring local versions of Pawn Stars (pictured) to South Africa and Australia.
Leftfield Pictures - now part of the ITV Studios-owned Leftfield Entertainment - produces the U.S. and UK versions of the pawn shop-centered series, and will also make Pawn Stars Australia locally for A&E Australia.
The South African show, meanwhile, will be made by Johannesburg-based prodco and South Africa’s Got Talent firm Rapid Blue, with input from Leftfield Pictures and History UK.
Pawn Stars will premiere in Australia in early 2015, and in South Africa during the last quarter of this year. In addition, History UK has also greenlit a second season of Pawn Stars UK, with new episodes set to air in September.
“We’re excited to make these announcements because they speak to the universal interest in the ‘hidden treasures’ concept inherent in Pawn Stars,” said Brent Montgomery, CEO of Leftfield Entertainment and exec producer of Pawn Stars, in a statement.
“It’s our goal to maintain the series’ humor and authenticity as we move into season two in the UK, produce the local format for Australia and provide insight for the South African format.”