SA drama Spinners heads to Brazil

By Content Nigeria reporter
February 1, 2024


Brazilian TV giant Globo has returned from last week’s Content Americas event in Miami having acquired the Canal+ and Showmax original drama Spinners in a deal brokered by distributor StudioCanal.

A coproduction between African streaming service Showmax and Canal+, Spinners revolves around the popular and dangerous South African motor sport of ‘spinning.’

The series centres on a 17-year-old driver working for a local gang. Trying to support his younger brother but increasingly disgusted with this life and constantly on the edge, he discovers a possible way out via spinning.

The eight-part series premiered across sub-Saharan Africa on Showmax and on Canal+ in Africa in November and will soon launch on Canal+ in France.

It was produced by Joachim Landau and Raphaël Rocher for Empreinte Digitale and coproduced by Ramadan Suleman. The local coproduction company was Natives at Large.

Directed by Jaco Bouwer, it was produced and co-created by Landau alongside showrunner Benjamin Hoffman.

Anne Chérel, executive VP of global sales and distribution at StudioCanal, said: “High-octane series Spinners highlights the terrifying pursuits that young adults in South Africa are gripped by, as well as revealing the difficult and nerve-wracking life they must continually navigate.”