The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) and thematic TV channel CBS Justice, owned by AMC Networks International UK and ViacomCBS, have announced their first partnership, offering four true crime masterclasses to MTF students and industry professionals across Africa through the MTF online portal. The true crime genre is hugely popular and the masterclasses will cover aspects of developing series with critically acclaimed facilitators. The four one-hour masterclasses will be offered live online on 17 and 24 November as well as 1 and 8 December at 13:00, and will subsequently be made available via the MTF portal. First-hand insight Facilitated by David Howard and Rik Hall of UK-based production company Monster Films, participants will gain first-hand insight across a range of topics - from developing and pitching ideas to filming, working with talent, on-set best practices, approaches to post-production, sales and marketing. “A key focus for us is to ensure that MTF offers a diverse set of masterclasses covering the depth and breadth of film-making. “This means finding partners who are specialists in genre film-making and have in-depth knowledge of the nuances that come with producing different genres. True crime stories make for gripping entertainment and we are very excited to be partnering with CBS Justice to offer this series of masterclasses to industry creatives across Africa,” Yolisa Phahle, the CEO of general entertainment at the MultiChoice group, said. Diverse range The true crime masterclasses are the latest in a diverse range of masterclasses and workshops offered by the MTF Academy and tie in with its philosophy of upskilling and training industry professionals in the telling of authentic African stories. “True crime is an extremely popular and expanding genre,” Louise Cottrell, the senior vice president of affiliate partnerships at AMC Networks International UK, said. After spending 20 years producing and directing factual programmes for a variety of broadcasters, Howard and Hall formed Monster Films in 2015 with one goal in mind: To combine their wealth of industry experience with the collaborative, inclusive ethos of a television start-up. The result is an independent production company that fosters creativity, thrives on originality, and builds on pre-existing relationships with some of the world’s largest broadcast and media groups to bring the most diverse stories to the widest possible audience. As one of the UK’s leading producers of serial and feature documentaries, Monster Films boasts an extensive catalogue of multi-award-winning programmes such as Making a Monster, Dark Son, Interview with a Murderer and Kidnapped by My Father. CBS Justice is currently available to DStv Premium and Compact Plus customers on channel 170.