Thursday, September 3, 2015

Pawn Stars South Africa on History renewed for a second season; Fifth Gear has a South African episode and History grabs Idris Alba exploration film.

Pawn Stars South Africa on History (DStv 186) on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform has been renewed for a second season.

The announcement of the renewal was made at A+E Networks UK's presentation in Mauritius at the MultiChoice Content Showcase.

MultiChoice's 5 day DStv Content Showcase in Mauritius started on Tuesday with the satellite pay-TV service doing a programming and content upfront where several TV channels - from Sony Television and BBC Worldwide to SuperSport, M-Net, Viacom's BET, MTV Base, A+E Networks UK's History, Lifetime and others - are presenting their latest and upcoming programming and content over the coming months.

MultiChoice excluded South Africa's press and TV critics from attending the MultiChoice Content Showcase that media from other Africa countries are attending and MultiChoice didn't inform South African journalists covering the TV industry beforehand that the event would be taking place.

Pawn Stars SA, the South African spin-off of the global hit series Pawn Stars, follows owner Roy Peretz and his Cash Inn pawn shop in Johannesburg, together with partners Eytan and Liel and assistants Irene and Solly.

Pawn Stars SA is produced by Rapid Blue in South Africa.

Pawn Stars SA will return for a second season on History with more fascinating finds, stories and characters from Johannesburg's Cash Inn pawn shop. The series is due to air on History in early 2016 says Anthea Petersen, A+E Networks' regional director for Africa.

A+E Networks also announced the two O.J. Simpson special documentaries, The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Simpson Case: The Untold Story which will be broadcast on Crime+Investigation (DStv 170) on 6 October at 21:00, and O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes which will be broadcast on 13 October at 21:00.

The car magazine show Fifth Gear will also return for a new season to History, with a special episode filmed in South Africa - again news relevant to South African press and TV critics who were not told about it, not attending the MultiChoice Content Showcase.

Yet another History announcement made at the MultiChoice Content Showcase concerns South Africa and South African programming.

History has the exclusive rights to Idris Alba: Mandela, My Dad & Me, a non-scripted film that follows Idris Alba - who might be the new 007 - on a journey of self-discovery after the filming of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Idris Alba: Mandela, My Dad & Me will be shown on History in December.

Although A+E Networks UK talked about it, the information wasn't shared. A+E is looking for African stories to possibly put on History as part of growing local content on the channel.