Zambezi Drama Series

Closing date 04/12/2019


Zambezi Magic (Channel 162 on DStv), is an authentic Southern African Entertainment Channel, specifically targeted at DStv Compact subscribers.

Concept Brief

30 Minute drama series


Compact channel 162 Audience

Primary: 30-45 Age group

Secondary: 46-60 Age group


Vernacular (Culturally specific to the world of the story)

Editorial Guide

Zambezi Magic (channel 162) is looking for a new 52 part drama series which depicts the authentic African experience.The drama must be based in the Copperbelt and depict the true livelihood and experiences of those living in the Copperbelt.

The drama series must touch on interesting themes, while staying true to the specific world it depicts. It must touch on social commentary without being too didactic.

The drama series must deliver laughter, tears and create an unparalleled emotional connection with the audience. At the core of our new drama must be unique and new stories, different from our current slate.

Creative Requirements

Thinking outside of the norm, while staying true to the authentic nuances of the Copperbelt:

  1. The characters must be relatable
  2. The themes must cover real life experiences like love, hope, betrayal etc
  3. The proposed drama series must have a unique, fresh and exciting treatment of the above mentioned themes. Replicas of ideas/storylines that already exist are not accepted.
  4. The stories must reflect the true authentic narratives of the region (Copperbelt).

This drama series must be family friendly and inspirational yet remain rooted in story and encourage appointment viewing.

Submission Requirements

  1. Brief synopsis of the concept.
  2. Dramatic Question, Premise, Logline
  3. A statement of intent – why is this series / story important? Why (do you think it) should it be produced?
  4. A clear and powerful world of the story.
  5. Character biographies for the main characters including their traits, goals, needs and flaws as well an indication of relationships.
  6. A summary of the main characters arcs/journeys
  7. Episode summaries for 52 episodes
  8. An estimated budget.

Please Note: Only submissions from writers based in the Copperbelt will be considered.

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