SA local crime drama Reyka set for international release

SA local crime drama, Reyka, will officially be available to international audiences. Fremantle has announced numerous global deals, which will see the eight-part series air in over 80 territories worldwide.

Currently M-Net’s highest-rated South Africa drama, Reyka highlights South Africa’s status as a major player in the scripted world. The series, which stars Kim Engelbrecht, also opened the annual Monte Carlo TV Festival earlier this year.

The show has already sold to BBC Studios and ITV’s streaming service, BritBox North America, which launched on 16 November. In Canada, CBS has picked up the series, and in the UK Channel 4 will air Reyka.

Also, public broadcaster SBS recently launched Reyka in Australia, and TVNZ will broadcast it in New Zealand. In Europe, Canal+ has acquired the series for several territories, including Poland and France. Germany will be able to view the show through RTL, Cosmote TV for Greece and Sky Italia in Italy.

Other territories that have boarded the series include Marjan Television (MENA Farsi), OSN Streaming (MENA Region), HOT (Israel), RTL Klub (Hungary), Viasat (Russia & CIS, Georgia & Ukraine) and NOW TV (Hong Kong & Macau).

Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment and Connected Video for MultiChoice, commented on the success of the drama series saying: “It’s a time of huge excitement for us. Reyka has garnered global attention for its beautiful storyline, brilliant cast and at the same time, the series is shining the spotlight on African stories. Reyka is keeping up with M-Net’s vision and commitment to showcase African narratives that resonate with audiences from across the globe. We are overjoyed with the achievements the series has brought to the television industry”.

On the other hand, Julie Hodge, Editorial Director, Global Drama for Fremantle and Executive Producer for Reyka, added: “We are delighted that so many exciting broadcast partners will be bringing our first South African scripted series to audiences across the world, reinforcing the global appeal of this captivating drama. With compelling scripts, world-class performances and astonishing production values, it is not a surprise the series has performed excellently for M-NET and I have no doubt that success will be emulated in the international market, cementing Fremantle as a key player in the English language drama space”.