Netflix Unveils South African Slate Including Blood & Water Season 4, Rom-Com Soweto Love Story

Netflix has unveiled a new slate of programming at TV conference MIP Africa. The line-up includes the fourth season of hit drama “Blood & Water” plus a new feature-length rom-com, “Soweto Love Story.”

The streamer also revealed a number of partnerships with South African filmmakers and production outfits. Among them are a deal with Akin Omotoso and Ochre Media for multiple book adaptations, a three-picture partnership with director Donovan Marsh (“iNumber Number”), and a multi-project partnership with production company Gambit Films (“Blood & Water”) across series and features.

“We are incredibly excited to continue with our investment in South African storytelling and to expand our relationships with these amazing storytellers,” said Ben Amadasun, Netflix’s VP of content for Middle East and Africa. “These long-term partnerships with local filmmakers have enabled us to uncover unique perspectives and diverse stories from South Africa to entertain our more than 238 million members around the world. This is why we’re committed to investing in South Africa’s creative industry and showcasing the incredible talent the country has to offer. ”

Check out Netflix’s full slate below:

A new series from Burnt Onion Productions (“How To Ruin Christmas”) about a self-absorbed Varsity student (played by Buntu Petse) who finds her life turned upside down after her mother (Baby Cele) is arrested for corruption. Drops Sept. 15 2023.

“YOH’ Christmas”
Produced by BBZEE Productions, this is a new series for the holiday season. Casting will be confirmed at a later date. Set to drop late 2023.

“Blood & Water” Season 4
The hit series from writer and director Nosipho Dumisa and Gambit Films is set to return for a fourth instalment at Parkhurst High. Coming first quarter 2024.

“Savage Beauty” Season 2
Created by Lebogang Mogashoa and produced by Quizzical Pictures, the mystery drama series will see the powerful Bhengu family and their global beauty empire back with a bang. Coming 2024.

“Young, Famous & African” Season 3
This pan-African reality series returns with cast members from South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Uganda. Production is set to kick off soon.

“Kandasamys: The Baby”
Writer and director Jayan Moodley returns with a new chapter in the Kandasamys film franchise, which was shot on location in South Africa and Mauritius. Drops on Oct. 20 2023.

“Heart of the Hunter”
Based on the novel by Deon Meyer, this spy thriller is directed by Mandla Dube (“Silverton Siege”) and features an all-star cast. Coming first quarter 2024.

“Soweto Love Story” 
Not much is known yet about this feature except that it’s a rom-com set in Johannesburg. It is is set to launch first quarter 2024.

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