Banijay Rights confirmed the return of "Big Brother" to South Africa following a seven-year suspension. The series is set to debut in the region on Mzansi Magic next year. "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," Robin Pollok, VP Sales, Africa, Middle East, Greece & Israel, Banijay Rights, said.
As the title currently undergoes development, its producer, Red Pepper Pictures, is working on gathering cast members for the new season. The format and all of its finished projects and represented internationally by Banijay.
currently undergoing production casting for a new season to launch on MultiChoice-owned Mzansi Magic in 2022, having last aired on the channel in 2015. “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," Nomsa Philiso, Executive Head of Programming, M-Net, said. "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.”
Including its debut in South Africa in 2015, the format has been turned into 31 productions, reaching a total of 21 markets. Nine VIP productions are also awaiting their launches, including a first series run in French Canada and a high- profile comeback for Celebrity Big Brother in Australia. This year, Big Brother launched for the first time in Mongolia, and seven regional productions of the format aired in India.
"Big Brother" Mzansi sees a group of strangers with various lifestyle as they compete for a grand prize by undergoing a series of challenges, voting each other out until the fate of the final two are decided by a jury of fellow houseguests.
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.” Robin Pollok VP Sales, Africa, Middle East, Greece & Israel, Banijay Rights