The Wild Gets International Nod



South African pay-TV broadcaster M-Net’s outdoor soap The Wild has only been on air for a year and it is already making waves abroad. Not bad for show that started off on a rather shaky ground. 


The WILD is one of six programmes from around the globe nominated for a Rockie Award in the Soaps and Telenovelas category at the 2012 Banff World Television Festival in Canada.

Lani Lombard, M-Net's Communications manager, says receiving international recognition for The Wild is a coup for local television-making. 
"M-Net promised its viewers that The Wild would raise the bar in television soap production in the country. Being nominated for this international soap award is a feather in the cap of the passionate and dedicated team – both onscreen and behind-the-scenes – who have contributed to making The Wild such a high-class, stellar production. With this nomination, The Wild is putting us on the international television map and we are proud that our series - with its breathtaking African scenery, compelling stories, brilliant actors and high production value - have been selected to compete against top-notch programmes made by the best in the world."

The Banff World Media Awards - affectionately known as the Rockies – has been running for over three decades celebrating the very best in international content production in television and digital media. 

The winners of the 2012 Rockies will be presented during the Banff World Media Festival, which takes place in Canada between 10 and 13 June 2012. 

The Competition includes 21 genre-based categories and 5 interactive categories - a total of 26 distinct categories.

Shows such as The Big C and the hugely popular Brit show Downton Abbey were among last year's winners in the entertainment categories, while the telenovela Eva Luna snatched the Soap and Telenovelas award from long-running nominated soaps such as Coronation Street and Days of our Lives. 

The SAFTA winning soap can be seen on M-Net, Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm and Mzansi Magic viewers have been able to see a rerun of the series from April 2012. 

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