According to reports, Ms Candice Fangueiro, current head of Content at Showmax, is on her way to a new high-profile job at Amazon Prime Video to spearhead the creation of African TV shows for a global audience.
Fangueiro exits Showmax after seven years as head of content. Her departure comes as global streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney actively staff up their African content operation divisions, primarily poaching top TV executive talent from MultiChoice as the continent’s largest traditional pay-TV operator.
Fangueiro’s departure from MultiChoice’s streaming service follows the July exit of Gideon Khobane, who was MultiChoice’s group executive of general entertainment, who also joined Amazon.
Earlier this year, Nkateko Mabaso, who was MultiChoice’s group executive in charge of programming, moved to Netflix as director of licensing and co-productions for Africa; M-Net senior programmer Tracy-Ann van Rooyen left to join Disney; Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu who was the regional director of M-Net West Africa is now Amazon Prime Video’s head of Nigerian Originals in Africa, while a string of MultiChoice marketing and PR staffers have reportedly left for similar jobs at Netflix.
Fangueiro previously worked at 20th Century Fox, and Nu Metro Entertainment joined Showmax in September 2015, where she oversaw the commissioning and development of Showmax Originals and co-productions.
Showmax confirmed Candice Fangueiro’s exit and said that they wish her well with her future career.