Fremantle Lands Deals for Reyka


Fremantle has clinched deals with BritBox North America, Channel 4 in the U.K., RTL in Germany and HBO LatAm, among a host of other broadcasters and platforms, for the M-Net series Reyka.

The deals inked by Fremantle bring the South African drama—co-produced by Harriet Gavshon for Quizzical and Serena Cullen for Serena Cullen Productions—to more than 80 markets.

Fremantle’s first-ever South African drama is an eight-part English-language crime thriller. It has landed on BritBox North America; CBC in Canada; Channel 4 in the U.K.; SBS in Australia; TVNZ in New Zealand; Canal+ in Poland, France and other territories; RTL in Germany; Cosmote TV in Greece; and Sky Italia. Fremantle also clinched a pan-regional deal with HBO Latin America, as well as agreements with Marjan Television (MENA Farsi), OSN Streaming (MENA), HOT (Israel), RTL Klub (Hungary), Viasat (Russia and CIS, Georgia and Ukraine) and NOW TV (Hong Kong and Macau).

The series follows a flawed but brilliant criminal profiler, Reyka Gama (Kim Engelbrecht), as she investigates a string of brutal murders committed by a serial killer in the sugar cane fields of KwaZulu-Natal. The cast also includes Iain Glen and Anna-Mart van der Merwe.

Julie Hodge, editorial director for global drama at Fremantle and executive producer for Reyka, said, “We are delighted that so many exciting broadcast partners will be bringing our first South African scripted series to audiences across the world, reinforcing the global appeal of this captivating drama. With compelling scripts, world-class performances and astonishing production values, it is not a surprise the series has performed excellently for M-NET, and I have no doubt that success will be emulated in the international market, cementing Fremantle as a key player in the English-language drama space.”