CBS, Sony Pictures Television Sign Distribution Deals in Africa

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CBS will roll out CBS Drama and CBS Action across the continent, while SPT inks a deal with Sub-Saharan platform M-net for shows including "Breaking Bad" and "Masters of Sex."

CBS Channels and Sony Pictures Television both announced new distribution deals for Africa Thursday.

International broadcaster Chello Zone, and African digital entertainment provider MultiChoice, are adding four channels to DStv across the continent, including CBS Studios International's CBS Drama and CBS Action, Chello Zone’s children’s channel JimJam and Hollywood movie channel MGM. Beginning Nov. 12, when the channels go live, DStv customers in Africa will see CBS series New Twilight Zone and Mission: Impossible on CBS Action, and Dallas and Half & Half on CBS Drama.

L. Reed Manville, executive vp of international channels for CBS Studios International, said: “Our growing presence in Africa is an important move regionally, both for CBS Studios International and our partnership channels with Chello Zone. As the first major deal for the CBS channels since its successful rebrand, we are thrilled to be working with the country’s leading platform MultiChoice.”

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Sony Pictures Television (SPT), meanwhile, closed a package deal for new and returning series with Sub-Saharan platform M-net for its pay-TV channels.

The deal includes SPT’s new season dramas The Blacklist, Masters of Sex and mid-season titles Rake and The Night Shift. The deal also includes new comedies such as The Goldbergs, The Michael J Fox Show, mid-season title Bad Teacher, as well as SPT’s newest talk show The Queen Latifah Show. Also included are all of SPT’s current series, such as Breaking Bad, Community, Justified and Drop Dead Diva.

“The current SPT series on M-Net’s channels are well loved by our viewers and we are thrilled to add more exciting new SPT shows to our mix of top-notch content,” said M-Net director of group content services, Jan du Plessis.