JOHANNESBURG – South African paybox M-Net will produce a local version of reality show “The Block,” following the success of the first Australian season of the show.
“The Block” achieved record-breaking ratings in Oz. Now 17 other countries — including the U.S. and the U.K. — produce their own local versions.
In “The Block,” four couples move into four apartments and have 12 weeks to design, decorate and renovate them in order to gain the highest selling price.
They must keep their day jobs and pay for trade experts, labor and design advice from their limited budget.
Each couple keeps the profit made from the sale, and the couple that makes the most money at the auction also wins the grand prize, which will be 500,000 rand ($70,000).
M-Net’s Gavin Wratten, series director of “Idols 2,” will lead production of “The Block.”
Pre-production on the South African version has started and it will screen later this year, according to Carl Fischer, M-Net director of local productions.
M-Net has led the reality drive in South Africa; it produced local versions of “Idols,” “Big Brother” and “Fear Factor.”