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Friday, October 24, 2014


M-Net Channel 101, home to some of DStv’s biggest local series – such as MasterChef South Africa, Carte Blanche and Idols SA – is looking for fresh, new local content. As such, M-Net is inviting production companies and format creators to pitch their ideas for an original unscripted show that will provide blockbuster television entertainment in 2015.

The pitching process, which is open to the entire industry, commences in October 2014 and will consist of a ten minute face-to-face pitch with M-Net’s commissioning team in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. While M-Net is definitely looking for compelling new reality shows, other unscripted genres will also be accepted. 

"Since changing the landscape of South African television in 2001 with Big Brother South Africa, the country's first local version of an international reality show format, M-Net has continued to raise the bar with highly-acclaimed, first, exclusive local entertainment in HD, " says M-Net Director Victor Eckard, "but now it's game on to find 'the next big thing'. We can't wait to see where this open pitch will take us."

As this new show will take its place alongside the superb local and international programmes on M-Net 101, it should have high production values, speaking to the needs of DStv Premium viewers who want to be entertained by slick, sophisticated, unpredictable and unique content for the entire family. 

"What we definitely don't want is anything that is dated, old-fashioned or anything we've seen before. It's M-Net, after all," adds Eckard. 

Producers and format creators who would like to book a time for their pitch can find the full brief here:

It is compulsory for producers to submit their show concept via this M-Net web portal too. No hard copies will be accepted.

Once the online submission is completed, producers will be contacted by the M-Net commissioning team to confirm a time slot for their pitch.