E! Entertainment Television, NBC Universal International Networks’ pop culture powerhouse, today announced the launch of its first-ever locally produced series E! News Special. The 12-part original series will profile some of Africa’s most inspiring and influential pop culture personalities including singers, actors, models, socialites and sport stars. The series will premiere on E! (DStv Channel 124) in South Africa on Thursday, 10th September at 8 pm.
Each episode of E! News Special will chronicle the journey of a single personality, giving viewers unique insights into their lives through a mixture of exclusive interviews and other footage. The featured celebrities will include South African TV and radio personality, Bonang Matheba; actress Terry Pheto; model, and TV host, Shashi Naidoo; music artist AKA; and singer, actor and songwriter Danny K – with more to be announced.
“We are delighted to launch our first-ever local production on E! in Africa and add E! News Special to the channel’s exclusive line-up of high-quality, original programming,” said Colin McLeod, Managing Director, Emerging Markets, NBCUniversal International Networks. “We are confident that the profiles of local celebrities will resonate well with our audience, making E! the TV destination for the pop of African culture.”
The series is produced by Johannesburg-based production company Brainstorm and filmed in South Africa.