‘Jade’ begins 24-episode stint in S.A.

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A $24 million sci-fi TV series will be shot in South Africa this year after a South African/Canadian co-production deal was sealed at Cannes for the project, which has been in development for four years.

“Charlie Jade,” 22 hourlong segs, will be co-produced by Cape Town-based Chris Roland and Robert Wertheimer of The Imaginarium and Cine-group of Montreal. The budget is unprecedented for a South African TV production.

Three directors will be Canadian while six episodes will be helmed by a South African.

Distribution is by Park Entertainment and broadcasting partners are Chum City of Canada and the South African Broadcasting Corp.

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