MultiChoice-owned South African network Mzansi Magic is bringing classic reality format Big Brother back to local screens for the first time in seven years.
Produced by Randburg-based Red Pepper Pictures, Big Brother Mzansi has started casting for a new season to launch in 2022, having last aired on the channel in 2015.
Banijay Rights handles international distribution of the format, which was devised by noted Dutch format creator and producer John de Mol and first aired in the Netherlands in 1999.
“This year marks 20 years since the very first Big Brother on MultiChoice’s M-Net and we are excited to celebrate this milestone by commissioning a new Big Brother season, which will be housed under our Mzansi Magic stable,” said Nomsa Philiso, executive head of programming, at M-Net.
“This is a show that has always delivered top ratings and entertainment value, and our viewer and advertising partners can look forward to a stellar season of Big Brother.”
Robin Pollok, VP of sales for Africa, Middle East, Greece and Israel at Banijay Rights, added: “Seven years have passed since Big Brother Mzansi last graced South African viewers’ screens and we couldn’t be happier to work with MultiChoice and Red Pepper Pictures to revive this global phenomenon, which continues to have an enduring appeal worldwide.”