Adult Swim Taps Into Animal Instinct With Launch Of Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal On Showmax

Samurai Jack’s creator returns with an even more savage animated series

There’s something mysterious lurking in the wilderness and it’s all about survival of the fittest. On Monday, 13 April 2020, Adult Swim, the adult-oriented programming block offering animated and live-action series for young adults, will launch Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, a brand-new, non-dialogue animated series, exclusively on Showmax.

From the creator behind the Emmy® award-winning series Samurai Jack comes a new tale that follows a caveman at the dawn of evolution and a dinosaur on the brink of extinction. The two creatures, one on the way out and one on the way in, bond over unfortunate tragedies and become each other’s only hope of survival in a treacherous world. In this series, creator Genndy Tartakovsky draws inspiration from the imagery of Conan the Barbarian comics, and the brutality of nature.

“I was very much inspired by animal documentaries which, for example, present and make us attach to a polar bear and a baby seal,” says Tartakovsky. “The next moment, we understand that for the survival of one, the other must die. It was a complex, confusing and cruel feeling that I wanted to transcribe. In Primal, we bring the audience to face this brutality, and in the end, it will hurt you.”

The series dazzles and thrills with its silent treatment, where the characters solely express themselves through grunts, roars, and gestures. Yet their emotions and personality come through extremely clearly, thanks to Tartakovsky’s phenomenally detailed animation, as well as the art direction by Scott Wills (Samurai Jack) and use of music by Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Samurai Jack) and co-composer Joanne Higginbottom (Samurai Jack).

Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal will premiere on Monday, 13 April 2020 on the Adult Swim corner on Showmax. The full season will consist of 10 episodes. But if you just absolutely can’t wait that long, check out the trailer right now. It’s survival at all costs!

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Four New Telenovelas To Premiere On Fox Life In April 2020

Telenovela fans have a lot to look forward to this April, with no less than four award-winning telenovela series set to premiere on FOX Life (DSTV 126 and StarSat 133). As of 20 April 2020, a three hour slot from Monday to Friday, from 15:50 – 19:10 CAT will be dedicated to screening back-to-back telenovela series, filled with passion, love, drama, vengeance and intrigue. These will be repeated in the evenings from 21:25 – 00:45. Additionally, weekend viewers will be able to enjoy omnibuses with the past week’s episodes, on Saturdays from 06:00 – 18:30 and 20:00 – 00:00, and on Sundays from 06:00 – 18:30, and 20:45 – 00:55.

Along Came Love, that will premiere at 15:50 CAT, follows the beautiful Luciana who, after being deported, returns to the USA to reunite with the only family she has left: her mother and brother. After arriving at the vineyard where both have worked for many years, she meets David, the landowner and finds something unexpected: love.

Continuing the drama and intrigue, in Secrets of the Hotel, at 16:40 CAT, a young man of humble origins travels to the Gran Hotel on outskirts of the San Cristóbal Tlaxico village to visit his sister Cristina who works as the floor supervisor. There, Julio discovers that more than a month after being dismissed for allegedly stealing from the hotel, she has disappeared from everyone’s memory. He decides to stay on as a waiter to investigate her disappearance but does not expect the love, mystery, death and betrayal that follow.

Shadows from the past will premiere at 17:30 CAT in which two rival families living in the village of Santa Lucía, the Mendozas and the Alococers, are involved in a whirlwind of passion, pain, and revenge. Severiano Mendoza and Candela Santana are a rich and powerful couple who live at the ranch, “Las Ánimas”, along with their young son, Cristóbal. Roberta and Raymundo Alcocer have a daughter named Alonza. However, they do not enjoy the same luxuries as the Mendoza family, which causes frustration and resentment in Roberta as nothing is enough to fill the inferiority complex that follows her like a shadow.

In Road to Destiny, (18:20 CAT) Luisa Fernanda Pérez, a beautiful, 18-year-old student, has two passions: mastering the violin and gardening, a skill she inherited from her father, Pedro, the former groundskeeper of the wealthy Altamirano family’s estate. A chance encounter with destiny alters her life when she is injured in a car accident caused by Luis (her biological father), a playboy lawyer. In the process, Luisa falls for his stepson, Carlos, the attractive, young doctor who treats her in hospital.

Another award winning telenovela, The Candidate joins the schedule in August. Like many women, Regina struggles every day for the welfare of her family, having to cope with a strained relationship with her husband and a rebellious teenage son. However, in her case everything is in sight, because she is the wife of Head of Government of the city and, as if that were not enough, an honorable senator, who always tries to do what is best for her fellow men. In the world of politics, a world where men build power at any cost, is Regina, who strives to improve the reality of people and impose ideals over power.

“We know that our audiences love this highly compelling genre of television, so we are thrilled to be bringing these multiple award-winning telenovelas to Fox Life, and to DSTV, for the first time” said Evert van der Veer, Vice President, Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company Africa.

How to tune in:
DSTV: 126
StarSat: 133 on DTH, 71 on DTT (216 on DTT in Uganda)

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Trailer Release For Netflix Action Thriller ‘Extraction’

Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is a fearless black market mercenary with nothing left to lose when his skills are solicited to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. But in the murky underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers, an already deadly mission approaches the impossible, forever altering the lives of Rake and the boy. An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller directed by Sam Hargrave, EXTRACTION is an AGBO Films and TGIM Films, Inc. production, produced by Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Mike Larocca, Chris Hemsworth, Eric Gitter, and Peter Schwerin.

Directed by: Sam Hargrave

Screenplay by: Joe Russo

Produced by: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Mike Larocca, Chris Hemsworth, Eric Gitter, Peter Schwerin

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda, Golshifteh Farahani, Pankaj Tripathi, Priyanshu Painyuli, and David Harbour

Filmed On-Location: India, Thailand


NEP Standardizes On Sony’s HDC-3500 And HDC-5500 4K HDR Live Production Camera Systems

Sony Electronics Inc. announced early March completion of an agreement with international outsourced technical production partner NEP Group for the purchase of more than 50 Sony HDC-3500L and HDC-5500L cameras. A longtime Sony customer and collaborator, NEP will use these products to support live sports productions and entertainment events worldwide, giving at-home viewers front row seats.
“Our mission is to ensure we are bringing home viewers a spectacular image that replicates the experience of being at a live event,” said Glen Levine, president, U.S. Broadcast Services, NEP. “We have collaborated with Sony over the years and expressed our desire for a new camera that not only provided flexible HDR imagery, but one that was quiet, ran on triax and worked seamlessly alongside our other Sony cameras to provide backward compatibility. Sony truly listened and hit the mark when they created the newest HDC camera systems.”

The HDC-3500 is highlighted by a 2/3-inch 4K global shutter, three CMOS sensor system, which enables the camera to offer high modulation depth and wide dynamic range for HD and 4K production. The camera system supports HD, HDR and 4K, as well as IP capabilities. The HDC-3500 has an exchangeable transmission side panel, which NEP is using to support both fiber and triax operation.

Sony’s HDC-5500 is a multi-format live camera employing the world’s first 2/3-inch 4K global shutter three CMOS image sensors, which ensures image quality in HD, 4K and HDR live production. The cameras achieve a high frame rate up to 4K 2x and HD 8x.

Sony and NEP have shared a longstanding relationship, which is highlighted by NEP’s on-going use and advocacy of Sony cameras and monitors, which are the backbone of many of NEP’s mobile production units.
“As these camera systems were designed and developed, Sony relied heavily on feedback from key users, including NEP,” said Theresa Alesso, pro division president, Sony Electronics. “This allowed us to create a robust and user-friendly model that incorporates new features such as HDR and Global Shutter imagers. Our HD cameras give users the option to customize their cameras with the capabilities they need most, while pushing the envelope of what is possible in live production.”

For more information on Sony’s professional cameras and production solutions, please visit


Virtual National Arts Festival – Realising A New Reality

“Everything has changed since we last wrote to you – the Coronavirus pandemic, which has the world in lockdown, has meant we’ve had to make some difficult decisions. Cancelling was not an option – we really wanted to find a way to make the Festival happen – for the artists, for our stakeholders, and for you, our audience.”

“So, in a giant leap of faith, we’re doing something we’ve never done before. With the help and support of our sponsors, artists, and audience, the 46th National Arts Festival will be a virtual festival. We’re taking the Festival online, with digital content that will inspire, entertain and distract you – as well as provoke thought and discussion around some of the issues we’re all grappling with.”

Monica Newton, NAF CEO

How we’ll be doing it differently this year

The decision to take the Festival online is a bold response to the restrictions posed by the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s a challenging time for ‘business unusual’, and we know that if anyone is up to an agile, creative response, it’s South Africa’s artistic community.

Held from 25 June to 5 July, the portal to the experience will be the National Arts Festival website. Here, audiences will be able to experience streamed, live performances, pre-recorded concerts, virtual, immersive exhibitions, poetry and stage readings, interactive workshops and webinars. While some content will be behind a paywall, there’ll also be free content as the National Arts Festival is committed to reaching as many people as possible.

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Your chance to Talk to the Team

This concept of a virtual festival format has everyone asking questions – including us. We have a list of FAQs on our website that we hope answer some of the more obvious questions – and we’ll keep adding to this as we go along. We’re also holding a ‘Talk to the Team’ session, where both artists and audiences will be able to ask the people at NAF questions directly. So please make note of the date – Tuesday 21 April. We’ll let you know the time and format of this panel event closer to the time. The session will also be available to view later or download on the NAF website.

If you’d like to be an active participant, please book your space, or send us your questions in advance by emailing us on

Rucera Seethal, agility in a time of change

‘Since we announced the Virtual NAF, we immediately went into brainstorming and researching possible ways to host or present the Festival, while at the same time working out what kinds of content we could be working with, and how to enable artists to respond to this change, and also reconfiguring internal working groups, and figuring out ways of distance working. How we are all still standing is a small miracle. I’m very pleased to see that a big organisation such as the National Arts Festival can be flexible and responsive – this is completely necessary in an invariably volatile future.’

Rucera Seethal, the Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival, talks about building a programme for uncertain times. Read the Q&A here

Celebrating the City That Sings

BBC’s Radio 4 and TBI Media have produced a beautiful documentary about Masicule, the annual event in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) that was created by the National Arts Festival to celebrate voice – and the city itself.

‘Local vocalist Nombasa Maqoko brings you the story of Masicule 2020, a chance to hear some of its wonderful music and to discover how singing creates a brief flicker of light in Makhanda’s current darkness.’

Listen to it here