The Africa Channel is launching a production arm called TAC Studios at DISCOP 2016 in Johannesburg from Nov. 2 to 4.
The channel showcases the African continent’s most outstanding English-language television series, specials, documentaries, feature films, music, soaps, biographies, current business analysis and cultural and historical programs, and the network’s new prodco will focus on formalizing and building on its existing production initiatives by developing, producing and distributing premium lifestyle content reflecting Africa’s influence on the world.
TAC Studios will also distribute The Africa Channel’s existing library of over 300 hours of premium lifestyle HD content.
Narendra Reddy, executive VP, content & global operations, The Africa Channel, said in a statement that the while the broadcaster has been producing shows for several years for its own use, it’s only now with TAC Studios that it’s started to look at licensing its content to third parties.
“After receiving requests from several networks and digital platforms, we realized there is a market for high quality, affordable lifestyle content reflecting the people and influences of Africa,” he said. “Building on the network of producers that we have cultivated on the continent, we decided to formalize the launch of TAC Studios. We chose to introduce TAC Studios at DISCOP 2016 because it is Africa’s number one TV and film marketplace for content buyers, sellers and independent producers.”
In the months leading up to the launch of TAC studios, The Africa Channel has inked licensing deals with MNET, BET Africa, Australia’s SBS TV and a number of airlines such as South African Airways and Kenya Airways.
Shows in The Africa Channel’s existing library include 30 Min. Tour, Africa Everywhere (pictured), Africa On A Plate, Care for Color, Minjiba Entertains, Muziki Ni, Chiney’s World and a variety of specials.
In development are: Made in Africa, in which contestants compete to build a social impact business; Worldwide Nate, an extreme adventure and travel show following travel blogger Nathan Fluellen; Shanty Chic, a makeover show revealing “chic” in the most unexpected places; Shadows Unexplained, a series delving into unexplained and supernatural phenomena; Shades of You, a lifestyle show exploring various issues affecting people of color; and Makeda & Wami, a reality show following the life of a Southern gospel singer married to a Nigerian comedian.