South African duo prep int’l drama

South African producers NV Studios and Stained Glass TV have joined forces to develop a slate of international scripted and non-scripted coproductions.

Stained Glass’s South African hit drama Uzalo

The slate will be overseen by NV Studios CEO Damien Brown and Stained Glass’ Gugulethu Zuma-Ncube and Pepsi Pokane, with the aim of delivering content with both a local and international feel.

Stained Glass, which is behind South Africa’s hit drama Uzalo, and NV Studios already have three international drama series in development and a further six non-scripted shows either in development or about to enter development.

Full details of the shows remain under wraps but one drama is described as “a reimagining of one of South Africa’s most powerful historical tales.”

Another scripted project is “a chilling examination of the darker side of one of 1970s America’s most psychedelic and politically charged figures,” while the third series explores “one of the world’s largest manufacturers of MDMA, set in Los Angeles and Australia.”

Brown said Stained Glass’s “production nous and the ability to draw from a pool of immensely talented local actors and crew will be invaluable in ensuring that the shows we’ll be creating together will meet global standards.”

Pokane added that Johannesburg-, London-, and LA-based NV Studios’ international network of distributors, broadcasters and partners would help get the resultant shows to a global audience.

“Damien and his team have achieved phenomenal success on the global stage, with nearly 80 seasons of shows currently available in more than 150 countries,” said Pokane.

“Pairing the scale of our production operation with their network of partners will ensure that these shows take their rightful place on the global stage.”