International natural history channel Love Nature and US broadcasting group The WNET Group, part of the PBS network, have coproduced a South African feature documentary about the annual sardine run off the east coast of the country.
The Ocean’s Greatest Feast will debut on PBS, Love Nature’s linear and streaming platforms, Sky Nature in the UK, Italy and Germany, France Télévisions and SVT in Sweden.
Produced by Durban-based Earth Touch, the doc follows billions of sardines as they travel up the east coast of South Africa to Mozambique between May and July, providing a moving banquet for an array of marine predators.
Blue Ant International, which like Love Nature is part of Blue Ant Media, handles international pre-sales and licensing outside coproduction territories for The Ocean’s Greatest Feast.
Carlyn Staudt, global general manager of Love Nature, said: “The cutting-edge technology and techniques that Earth Touch uses in The Ocean’s Greatest Feast not only showcases never-before-seen perspectives, but results in an incredibly breath-taking and compelling story about the creatures who play a part in this natural phenomenon.”
African pay TV platform DStv is set to air controversial documentary Leaving Neverland, in which allegations of child abuse are made against the late pop star Michael Jackson.
Directed and produced by British filmmaker Dan Reed for Channel 4 in the UK and HBO in the US, this documentary will now be shown on African screens across the continent via MultiChoice-owned DStv.
The film exposes the experiences two adult men, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, went through while they were kids and friends with Jackson. They make allegations of sustained abuse and reveal how they were affected by the relationship.
According to MultiChoice Nigeria’s chief customer office, Martin Mabutho: “Bringing Leaving Neverland to African screens is testament to the fact that DStv brings the most compelling content to the continent as quickly as possible.
“Please note, however, that documentary is not suitable for younger viewers as it contains strong language, discussions of self-harm and graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse.”
Leaving Neverland, which premiered in the US at the Sundance festival, will be aired on M-Net City and DStv channel 115.