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‘Survivor’ preps pan-African show

World Brief

JOHANNESBURG — Hot on the heels of M-Net’s announcement of  its “Survivor South Africa: Panama,” the paybox has  sprung a surprise with the launch of a pan-African “Survivor.”

Producer Endemol SA has already been inundated with entries for the 14 spots for South Africa’s edition, which starts shooting June 5 on the Pearl Islands in the Gulf of Panama.

Carl Fischer, head of M-Net local productions, says demand from other Africans who wanted a chance to compete had helped prompt the decision to shoot “Survivor Pan-Africa” immediately after the South African shoot, which also enables producers to use the same infrastructure and crew.

Twelve contestants will be chosen. They must be at least 21, be able to speak English and be able to swim and dive.

“I’m elated,” says Fischer. “Viewers on the African continent have been familiar with the ‘Survivor’ concept for many years; now we give them the opportunity to be part of it all.”