JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 26: Thomas Gumede at the premiere of ‘Tell me sweet something’ on August 26, 2015 at The Zone Ster Kinekor in Johannesburg, South Africa. ‘Tell me sweet something’ is a South African romantic comedy featuring Maps Maponyane and Nomzamo Mbatha. (Photo by Gallo Images / Lungelo Mbulwana)

The actor, producer and TV presenter, through his production company Black TV, is taking his work to the world via a deal with Emmy award-winning content studio and global distribution company GRB Studios.

Gumede has been in the entertainment industry for well over a decade and has acted in shows such as A Place Called Home, Bay of Plenty, City Ses’la and Home Affairs. He also presented the Mzansi Magic show Love Back and helped former lovers rekindle their failed relationships.

He appeared on reality show Forever Young for three seasons alongside friends Lungile Radu and Siyabonga Ngwekazi. The trio co-owned Parental Advisory Productions, which produced the reality show, as well as Love Back and popular dating show Uyang’thanda Na.

In an interview with TimesLive, Gumede said: “This is a deal for all of Africa, something we can all celebrate. It is a global deal. We will be able to deliver to the whole continent and beyond that.”

Amid a flurry of congratulatory tweets on Twitter, Gumede said: “The hard work begins now.”

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According to its website, GBR has been at the forefront of unscripted TV for decades, with ground-breaking series including Untold Stories of the ER (TLC), Next Action Star (NBC), Showdown of the Unbeatables (Nat Geo), Growing Up Gotti (A&E) and Princes of Malibu (Fox).

“GRB’s International Distribution team is globally recognised as one of the premiere distributors of top programming airing in more than 190 countries. With a catalogue of over 3 500 hours spanning genres including crime, docu-series, automotive, lifestyle, science, food, travel and wildlife, GRB has established relationships with the largest broadcasters in the world.”