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M-Net brings “Deion,” “Whitley” to Africa

Pan-African subscription platform M-Net has picked up a slate of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network titles from GRB Entertainment, including Deion's Family Playbook (pictured).
June 15, 2015

Pan-African subscription platform M-Net has picked up a slate of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network titles including Deion’s Family Playbook (pictured) and Raising Whitley from distributor GRB Entertainment.

The California-headquartered distributor added eight OWN titles to its unscripted catalog in April. The deal sees M-Net acquiring two seasons each of Deion’s Family Playbook, which follows former NFL player Deion Sanders, as well as Raising Whitley, which centers on actress Kym Whitley.

M-Net also acquired two seasons of restaurant-focused series Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, and the special Knight Life with Gladys, which documents the recording of Gladys Knight’s latest album, subsequent tour and the opening of a new restaurant.

The African platform has also ordered the high school-based series Blackboard Wars, family program Flex and Shanice, and the food truck-oriented 2 Fat 2 Fly.

“GRB is very proud to represent several top OWN programs for international distribution and are pleased to partner with M-Net to bring these rating winners to their audience,” said Mike Lolato, senior VP of international distribution for GRB Entertainment, in a statement. “GRB is known for producing and distributing compelling character-driven programming and M-Net is sure to enjoy success with these shows.”

 

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