EXCITING PRODUCTIONS COMING SOON
Rapid Blue is busy in development on loads of exciting shows and projects. STRICTLY COME DANCING SOUTH AFRICA returns to SABC 3 for Season 7 on Friday, July the 18th at 20:00. We've enjoyed incredible popularity with our award-winning production of this glamorous series over the years, and this season promises to be as exciting, with a stellar new cast that includes a retired rugby player, a championship superbike racer, comedians and controversial TV stars. We also welcome new hosts to the show: television presenter extraordinaire Katlego Maboe, and the ever-vibrant Roxy Burger. And returning to judge, with their exemplary experience and expertise, are Michael Wentink, Tebogo Kgobokoe and Samantha Peo.
We've also just wrapped shooting PAWN STARS, and can't wait for this global hit to air in September on the History Channel on DStv. Our version sees eccentric Johannesburg pawn shop owner Roy Peretz dealing with South Africans trying to sell him anything from a German nineteenth-century pencil sharpener to a YAK-52 Soviet-era aeroplane! Supported by an off-the-wall team of experts, he haggles his way through a plethora of hilarious situations, guaranteeing only one thing: expect the unexpected.
We're also nearing the completion of the fifth series of a beautiful campaign for SA TOURISM. This instalment focuses primarily on the Indian and British markets, but will be utilised as part of SA Tourism's global campaign. It's full of intimate experiences, vast landscapes, cultural discoveries and emotive interactions, painting a wondrous, enticing picture of our beloved country. Rapid Blue has now produced 14 TVCs as part of the ‘20 Experiences in 10 Days’ series, which follows real tourists around South Africa to document their holiday experiences.
And then we'll also be bringing South Africa's biggest talent search back to your screens when SA'S GOT TALENT returns to eTV in September. We've been responsible for all of the previous seasons of Mzansi's highest-rated talent show, and you can expect more exhilarating, out-of-the-ordinary performances from our local entrants, as well as two brand new judges. And it's not just about entertainment, it's about launching careers, as last year's winner Johnny Apple recently proved by releasing his debut single, garnering over 140 000 views in the first week. We're looking forward to more crazy, unpredictable antics on this much-loved show.
We're also super-amped to be producing THE X-FACTOR SOUTH AFRICA, the first time the world's most successful singing competition has hit our shores. Auditions are underway, and Durban is gearing up to host what is going to be summer's TV smash hit! With an international legacy second-to-none, and a local talent pool chomping at the bit to prove they have what it takes, expect a season of musical highs, emotional twists and entertainment excellence.
And this just in: we’re going to be doing DRAGON'S DEN too! This hugely successful international format sees aspiring entrepreneurs pitching their big ideas to a team of dragons: Mzansi’s top business leaders and investors. We’re busy searching for our contestants as we speak.
On top of all this, we've being busy on the Branded Content front, producing a range of work for clients like Heineken, Head & Shoulders and Red Bull. Our Short Form Department are busy as always, delivering promo and channel branding work for StarSat, and we've also got into facilitating a number of large international productions.
So watch this space. It's going to be crammed full of juicy content in the months to come.