Pan-African broadcaster M-Net and global content producer and distributor Keshet International are launching a new non-scripted co-development partnership.
The partnership will serve to create formats with global appeal, starting with English-language dating show The Big Five (3 x 60 minutes).
The Big Five sees five South African singles looking for love at a luxury resort, and progressively moving outside their comfort zones as their quest for a wedding partner continues and they are gradually stripped from modern-day comforts to lay bare their true personalities.
The series is produced by the local production company Afrokaans. It is set to go into production in 2020 for broadcast on M-Net 101. Keshet International will distribute the series and format internationally, with M-Net distributing in Africa.
“The Big Five is built around authentic storytelling and real love, and it’s exciting to be crafting this meaningful prime-time format with the M-Net team,” said Revital Basel, Keshet International’s MD of networks, in a statement.
Added Jan du Plessis, M-Net’s director of channels: “As Africa’s most loved storyteller, M-Net continues to find opportunities to showcase our top-notch original productions to the world. We have a long-standing relationship with Afrokaans, which has already produced several highly rated shows for M-Net, including the massively successful local version of Survivor. With Keshet’s valuable contribution and backing, The Big Five has the potential to become a global runaway hit.”
The Big Five is the second new format to be co-developed by KI’s new Networks division, following Drive Master, (pictured; 10 x 120 minutes), a shiny floor talent-competition show featuring regular people performing extraordinary stunts in vehicles.