M-Net and HBO have a well-established relationship giving South Africans to enjoy award-winning international content including the genre defining Sex and The City and the outstanding fantasy drama Game of Thrones. They have now launched an innovative Producer Apprenticeship Programme to benefit the local television community.
The initiative will see six South African producers given unprecedented access to the set of the new HBO/Cinemax series Warrior, currently being filmed on location in the Western Cape. One of the fortunate recipients of this initiative is Benjamin Overmeyer from Gambit Films based in the Western Cape, who has recently completed his time on set.
Commenting on the Producer Apprenticeship Programme, acting M-Net CEO Nkateko Mabaso says, “HBO is among the world’s leading entertainment brands because of its ability to set trends, break new ground and originate unforgettable worlds, characters and stories. As a result, HBO productions carry a unique DNA and to partner with them in this valuable CSI project is immensely gratifying. Our investment into developing local producers mirrors our ongoing commitment to transform Mzansi’s creative arts sector and empower new leaders. M-Net’s passionately committed to be the best African storyteller in the world so strategic interventions such as this are vital to our continued success.”
Speaking for HBO, Jay Roewe, SVP Global Production & Incentives says “We evaluate multiple factors when considering where to shoot to find the best possible combination of elements including financial, regulatory and technological infrastructures. South Africa offers these and has a significant community of accomplished TV personnel, both in front of and behind the lens. It’s already a viable choice for international companies looking to base their productions abroad, and for us to contribute in part to the evolution of its producer network, alongside our long-time commercial partner M-Net, is a positive outcome for HBO.”