The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has made a call for production companies to submit proposals for new shows for its SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3 TV channels in the drama, entertainment and factual programming genres.
According to BMA sources, the South African public broadcaster is trying to get producers to return and submit ideas for new shows following years of unprofessional treatment, ranging from abrupt cancellation of multi-year contracts to non-payment for work produced and delivered.
The public broadcaster is increasingly getting hammered in TV Show ratings with decreasing viewership for long-running and stale content, which is made worse by multiple cross-channel repeats, and low production values.
With production companies looking to make lucrative deals with rival broadcaster MultiChoice, the SABC Video Entertainment division is now inviting content creators to submit content and programme proposals until 16 September 2022 for 100 per cent commissions – shows in which the SABC will own the rights and fully fund its development and production – as well as pre-sales, licensed shows and advertiser-funded programmes (AFPs).
BMA sources say the SABC Video Entertainment division will do a month-long country roadshow from 25 August to 26 September, visiting major cities in South Africa.