Jade Osiberu strikes gold with Prime Video
Award winning director, writer, and producer Jade Osiberu has struck gold. The Isoken and Sugar Rush Director and Chief Executive Officer of Greoh Studios is to lead her studios to create and develop Television (TV) shows and movies exclusively for Prime Video in a three-year overall deal. This deal makes Osiberu the first talent in Africa to strike a development deal with Prime Video and Amazon studios.
Osiberu, who helmed the highly anticipated movie, Gangs of Lagos, which will premiere on Prime video later in the year as the first Nigerian original on the platform, joins an international line-up of talents such as Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jenny Han and Priyanka Chopra who struck a similar deal with Prime Video and Amazon Studios.
Announcing the deal with Osiberu, Ned Mitchell, Head of African and Middle East Originals, Prime Video and Amazon Studios said, “It is a joy to announce our collaboration with Jáde Osiberu in a deal that is the first of its kind for us in Africa. We are constantly delighted by Jáde’s talent for weaving her visual magic and voice into heart-stopping storytelling and characters that sear into our memories, and together we will create authentically African hits for our Prime Video customers worldwide.”
Also, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Head of Nigerian Originals, Prime Video and Amazon Studios said: “Jáde Osiberu is an exceptional and compelling storyteller, and over the last few years she has delivered stories with a unique flavor and fresh point of view. We are thrilled to be able to bring these stories and more to Prime Video audiences at home and abroad.”
Amazon explained in a statement shared on their verified social media handles that Osiberu’s three-year deal will include the creation of Original scripted TV and movie concepts, produced by her production company Greoh Studios.
An excited Osiberu whose Gangs of Lagos had an exclusive preview at the Toronto International Film Festival took to her social media handles and reacted thus: “I am overjoyed with this collaboration and already feel like I am part of the Prime Video and Amazon Studios family. It will be an absolute pleasure to introduce Prime Video audiences to the most exciting talent and storylines Nigeria has to offer, and I am looking forward to continuing to help elevate Nigerian stories on a global scale.”
A busy director, Osiberu won best director at 2018 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and got an Africa Movie Academy Award nomination for Best Director.