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TLC Next Great Presenter Campaign 2016

Show Works was delighted to once again be part of TLC’s search for its next African presenter in the TLC Next Great Presenter Campaign. This year the popular entertainment TV channel, in association with Colgate Optic White, looked for that special person with a winning style and showbiz smile to land the chance to present TLC’S MOST EXTREME, a brand new, four-part series coming to TLC Entertainment (DStv 135) in Q1 2017.

This year the competition was bigger and better, with a special once off documentary about the winner’s story being created about the campaign. Over 2000 hopeful fans sent in their audition tapes and were narrowed down to our TOP 13 contestants, who travelled to Cape Town in September to participate in the TLC Next Great Presenter Bootcamp week, where 13 were cut down to the Top 3 finalists.

At Bootcamp, the semi-finalists were put through a series of coaching workshops with industry professionals (Presenting / Media Training / Fashion and Styling) as well as intensive tasks and screen tests in studio in front of the panel of judges (Thando Thabethe: 5FM DJ and actress, Lee Hobbs: VP of Channels for Discovery Networks, Aletta Alberts: Head of Content for Multichoice, Jared Doyle: Celebrity Publicist & Zee Dladla: Zalebs.com editor).

Show Works managed all logistics for Discovery Networks, working closely with Okuhle Media, the fantastic production company appointed to film the documentary. Show Works provided the framework of Bootcamp, hosting the morning workshops at the gorgeous Andros Boutique Hotel in Claremont, and travelling to Magnatude studios each day to film the studio tasks and elimination rounds.

Bootcamp was an exhausting, exhilarating and rewarding week, and we loved meeting the special TOP 13 and helping them to chase their dreams, and working together with the amazing people from Discovery Networks, Okuhle Media and Fleishman Hillard to ensure Bootcamp was a rip- roaring success!

In November this dream team came together again in JHB, where the TLC Next Great Presenter Live Reveal show was filmed in front of a studio audience, with Show Works planning, creating and co-ordinating all elements of the event. Carissa Cupido from Cape Town was announced as the winner – what a moment! We are so excited to watch the special episode of her journey to success, documenting the run of the campaign, which airs on TLC (DStv Channel 135) on 22 December at 20:55. Make sure to tune in!

What a week… I’m still on a high… the months of planning and hard work have paid off, I think it’s safe to say it was a massive success thanks to each and every person in our phenomenal team.

Kim Verstappen, Events Manager, Discovery Networks CEEMEA

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