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EbonyLife, Sony Pictures TV announce development deal

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EbonyLife Ltd, owners of Africa’s first Global Black TV Network and producers of premium, original content and Sony Pictures Television (SPT), have announced that they will co-develop three exciting new scripted TV projects with SPT set to distribute internationally.

The three-project deal, the first of its kind between SPT and a Nigerian production company, will also include a TV series inspired by the Dahomey Warriors.

The action-packed series, inspired by true events that took place in the West African Kingdom of Dahomey, will tell the empowering story of the all-female Warriors and show the ultimate strength of women coming together fighting to protect and honor their people.

Development on the Dahomey Warriors project will start immediately with further details of the two additional projects to follow.

Mo Abudu, Chief Executive Officer, EbonyLife Ltd said: “Ever since our launch in June 2013, our vision has always been to change the narrative about Africa and to tell our stories from our perspective. We have invested in the creation of quality programming and the development of our people and their ideas.

It is this ethos that has given us the opportunity to partner with SPT. Now we have the opportunity to bring the fascinating story of The Dahomey Warriors, and many others like it, to audiences around the world. It has been hard work getting here, but that’s what we are known for at EbonyLife.’’

Wayne Garvie, President, International Production, Sony Pictures Television, said: “Mo Abudu is one of the most formidable and creative figures in Nigerian television, and with EbonyLife, her and the team are creating something that is truly ground-breaking and extraordinary.

Our aim is to help EbonyLife create a portfolio of African content that will fulfil their aim of being one of Africa’s prime creator of premium content.”

The news follows EbonyLife’s recently announced unscripted deal with SPT, where they will be exclusively adapting the game show “The Dating Game” for Nigerian audiences.


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