Saturday, April 27, 2013

BREAKING. Gavin Wratten and M-Net bringing Africa's Next Top Model to Cape Town; filming starts in August with 8 African models.

Africa's Next Top Model, an African version of Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model will start filming in Cape Town from August for M-Net and with Gavin Wratten as co-executive producer who is also the man behind the reality show Idols on the pay-TV broadcaster.

CBS Studios International sold the rights to America's Next Top Model and the show which will be named Africa's Next Top Model.

In Africa's Next Top Model 8 models from across Africa compete with the Nigerian supermodel Oluchi Orlani as the presenter and the other co-executive producer.

New York's Lulu Productions will work with South Africa's Never Machine Productions. Never Machine Productions currently does Idols for M-Net.

Africa's Next Top Model will be shown on M-Net's AfricaMagic channels later this year.

Tyra Banks said that she is "excited" for Africa's Next Top Model to join the established reality show franchise.

There's no statement yet from M-Net. The show which will primarily shoot in Cape Town but also elsewhere in South Africa.

In a statement Roxanne Pompa, the vice president of international format sales and production at CBS Studios International says Africa's Next Top Model heading to Africa and South Africa on M-Net is "a testament to the universal popularity of the ever-growing America's Next Top Model franchise".

"Africa's Next Top Model is sure to be an entertaining celebration of the great beauty, fashion and unique stories of aspiring models from across the African continent."

In a statement Oluchi Orlani says "The African version of the franchise is long overdue and I expect the show to be a smashing success across the continent. My company, LuLu Productions will be partnering with Gavin Wratten as co-executive producer and also one of the giant media houses to help make this show a big success".