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Netflix to add more Nigerian content

Global streaming platform Netflix is adding more Nollywood content to its service, after signing deals with Nigerian producers and distributors for one drama series and three films.

The films include Kunle Afolayan’s Citation, which will launch on November 6 exclusively and globally on Netflix. It follows the story of a young postgraduate student who experiences sexual harassment from a lecturer and stars Ini Edo, Joke Silva, Temi Otedola, Gabrie Afolayan and Adjetey Anang.

The movie King of Boys 2 will also debut in 2021. It follows a businesswoman and crime boss who is drawn into a power struggle that threatens all she holds dear. It stars Richard Mofe Damijo, Sola Sobowale, Nse Ikpe Etim and Efe Iwara and is the sequel to director Kemi Adetiba’s 2018 crime thriller King of Boys.

Young-adult series Far From Home, produced by Lagos prodco Inkblot Productions, will also launch on the service.

The six-episode series, created by Chinaza Onuzo and Dami Elebe, follows the story of a charismatic teenager and talented artist form a poor family. His dreams suddenly appear within reach when a prestigious scholarship to the most exclusive school in the country catapults him into the luxurious world of Nigeria’s top 1%.

The series will be directed by Chinaza Onuzo, Tope Oshin and Niyi Akinmolayan and will star Funke Akindele.

Onuzo said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Netflix team to tell the story of Nigerian youth on a global scale. We cannot wait to share with the world what it feels like to grow up in one of the most dynamic countries on the planet.”

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Netflix lines up first EbonyLife feature

Oloture centres on human trafficking in Nigeria

Netflix is set to premiere its next original Nigerian film, Oloture, on October 2, the first title produced for the global streamer by Nigeria’s EbonyLife Films.

The film will be made available in more than 190 countries by the SVoD giant, marking the first time the film will be seen by the public, aside from private screenings in cities such as LA and Lagos.

Executive produced by Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV, and written by Yinka Ogun and Craig Freimond, Oloture tells the story of a young, naïve, female journalist who goes undercover to expose the shady business of human trafficking in Nigeria.

The film was selected to screen in October 2019 at the prestigious JCC Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia, and it aims to put the spotlight on a current African crisis told by creatives from the region.

Announcing this news on Instagram, Abudu said: “We are super-excited about our first Netflix original feature film. A project dear to our hearts.”

She added that Oloture may well be EbonyLife’s most important film to date. “We had to make it. Human trafficking is a global problem, with trafficking networks flourishing across Africa through the exploitation of hundreds of thousands of migrants.

“According to the UN, more than 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders annually – looking for a better life, but ending up in forced labour, domestic servitude or sexual slavery. Oloture is another example of us telling the African story from our perspective.”

The film was directed by Kenneth Gyang and stars Nollywood actors including Sharon Ooja, Omoni Oboli, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Omowunmi Dada, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Wofai Fada, Pearl Okorie and Omawumi Megbele.

Oloture is the second Nigerian original feature film for Netflix after it announced its move into Nollywood film production last year. Its first Nollywood movie was 2019’s Lionheart, produced by The Entertainment Network.

EbonyLife Films has produced seven feature films so far: Fifty, The Wedding Party, The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, Chief Daddy, Your Excellency and Oloture. Three of these – The Wedding Party, The Wedding Party 2 and Chief Daddy – are the highest grossing movies of all time at the Nigerian box office.

The company has also produced over 5,000 hours of original television shows, including Fifty, Castle & Castle, Sons of the Caliphate and On the Real, all of which are now available on Netflix.

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Lagos gov’t suspends LSFVCB director

The governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has suspended the executive secretary of the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board (LSFVCB) for imposing a 5% tax on producers and digital platforms including Netflix and Iroko TV.

Adedayo Thomas

Gbenga Omotosho, spokesman for the state government and commissioner for information and strategy, said Bamidele Balogun acted without authorisation and was therefore suspended.

In a statement, the goverment said: “There is no levy on audio and visual contents of all physical and digital platforms in Lagos State. The executive secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Mr Bamidele Balogun, is said to have announced a 5% levy.

“The government hereby dissociates itself from the said announcement in the media. The executive secretary, who was not authorised to make such an announcement, has been suspended, pending an administrative enquiry.”

He added that the Sanwo-Olu administration was aware of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the industry and other sectors of the economy and a Federal High Court had barred the LSFVCB from levying film and video producers.

In June, Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court ruled that the LSFVCB cannot collect taxes at the same time as the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), as it would amount to double taxation. Despite this, Balogun wrote letters to several digital platforms, including Netflix and Iroko TV, demanding the 5% levy.

A letter addressed to Jason Njoku, MD of Iroko TV, dated August 31 reads: “We hereby request for immediate payment of the 5% levy on all audio and visual content produced, sold, distributed, marketed, exhibited, streamed, downloaded and shared across all physical and digital platform situate, lying and being within Lagos State.”

Balogun, who had earlier said that producers who failed to register would face severe sanctions by the board, declined to speak about the matter when contacted.

Adedayo Thomas, executive secretary of the NFVCB, said the new levy by the state government was wrong and would obstruct the growth of the sector.

“There is an existing court judgment on that matter. The move is wrong and I will be meeting with representatives of the state soon to look into the issue,” he said.

The Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria and the president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Pretty Okafor, questioned the Lagos State government for going ahead with the levy despite a court judgment and claimed that the new levy would be challenged again in court.

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EbonyLife shows to debut on Netflix

Political drama series The Governor

A line-up of original productions from Nigerian pay TV broadcaster EbonyLife TV will be rolled out on global streaming platform Netflix this month.

They include The Governor, a drama series about the deputy governor of Savannah State who finds herself suddenly entangled in a web of political intrigue. It stars Samuel Abiola Robinson, Caroline Chikezie and Bimbo Manuel.

Dere: An African Fairytale, meanwhile, is an adaptation of classic Brothers Grimm story Cinderella. It stars Gbenro Ajibade, Weruche Opia, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Carol King, Emmanuel Ikubese and Shaffy Bello.

The third EbonyLife production heading to Netflix is Ojo’s in D’House, a sitcom set around the shenanigans of a middle-class Lagos family.

The shows will debut on Netflix on August 8, 15 and 22 respectively.

The partnership with Netflix comes after EbonyLife CEO Mo Abudu announced on social media last month that the company would be ditching its linear channels on pay platform DStv in favour of on-demand services including its own app EbonyLife ON.

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Chief Daddy 2 set for Netflix

Chief Daddy was released in 2018

Netflix has ordered a sequel to 2018 Nollywood comedy film Chief Daddy, made by Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Films.

Chief Daddy 2 will follow on from Chief Daddy, which was directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, written by Bode Asiyanbi and produced by Abudu and Temidayo Abudu.

The first film followed the drama among a billionaire industrialist’s family and staff after his sudden death. It starred popular Nollywood actors including Funke Akindele Bello, Kate Henshaw, Nkem Owoh, Joke Silva, Patience Ozokwor, Richard Mofe Damijo and Racheal Oniga.

Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Films parent EbonyLife Media, announced the sequel on her instagram page, writing: “I am pleased to announce that EbonyLife Films, the creators and producers of Chief Daddy in partnership with Netflix will be bringing you Chief Daddy 2. It’s exclusive to Netflix globally and will be coming to you in 2021.

“Remember our star-studded cast, they are all super excited about bringing you the sequel.”

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Netflix, SASFED create TV relief fund

Global streaming giant Netflix has partnered with the South African Screen Federation (SASFED), supported by the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO), to create a Covid-19 film and TV relief fund for South African creatives.

Unathi Malunga

The partnership will provide a one-time, short-term emergency relief grant to below-the-line workers such as electricians, carpenters, hair-and-makeup artists, drivers, costume designers and many other freelancers who are paid hourly wages and work on a project-to-project basis.

Workers and South Africa’s creative community will be eligible to apply for the R15,000 (US$900) one-time benefit from August 3 by filling out an application at investment fund manager Tshikululu’s website (tshikululu.org.za) or by mailing in applications.

SASFED executive director Unathi Malunga said: “SASFED is delighted about the announcement that the Netflix Covid-19 film and television relief fund will provide relief for workers in the screen sector who were not eligible for other available relief funds. The SA economy has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Netflix fund supporting the local film industry brings hope to struggling industry professionals. We hope other potential partners will follow Netflix’s example and support SASFED’s broader initiatives which offer assistance to industry professionals across the whole value chain – an initiative undertaken by industry, for the industry. SASFED applauds Netflix’s support of the local screen sector during the global crisis.”

Sisanda Henna

Sisanda Henna, IPO co-chair, added: “Following months of extreme hardship for most of our sector, the IPO is overjoyed that Netflix is providing this desperately needed relief for those most hard hit by the pandemic – the industry’s below-the-line freelancers to whom no other relief has been available.

“This is a clear demonstration of Netflix’s commitment to the sustainability of the South African film and TV production industry, and we welcome them with wide-open arms as a partner in our broader efforts to support the screen sector.”

Dorothy Ghettuba, Netflix’s lead for African originals, said: “The South African TV and film community has been dealing with the effects this pandemic has caused to their livelihoods because of the continuous disruptions to local productions. Thank you to SASFED, with the support of IPO, for collaborating with us in our efforts to provide short-term relief to the hardest-hit workers from the local creative industry, who most need our support in these unprecedented times.”

The streaming service has donated more than R8m to aid below-the-line workers whose productions were suspended due to the pandemic. In March, Netflix announced a US$100m hardship fund to help the hardest-hit workers in the creative community across the world affected by the pandemic, which has since been increased to US$150m.

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Castle & Castle S2 in the works

Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Media is developing a second season of its legal drama Castle & Castle.

The first run, which was picked up by global streamer Netflix in February, was directed by Tope Oshin, Niyi Akinmolayan and Kenneth Gyang and followed a happy couple, Remi (Dakore Egbuson-Akande) and Tega (Richard Mofe-Damijo), who ran a successful legal firm in Lagos.

Abudu, EbonyLife Media’s CEO, took to Instagram to make the announcement saying: “Super-excited about this month of July. Such great news to share with you all. Guess what guys – Castle & Castle, Nigeria’s first legal procedural series did so well it’s getting a season two and it’s exclusive to Netflix. We are in development. It will be coming to you in 2021.”

The series cast includes Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Eku Edewor, Deyemi Okanlawon, Etim Effiong, Dorcas Shola Fapson and media personality Denola Grey.

The show is one of EbonyLife’s Afropolitan projects that reflect African issues and contemporary African life.

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Netflix lines up SA’s Seriously Single

Seriously Single is set in Johannesburg

South African movie Seriously Single has been picked up by global streamer Netflix, which will make it available at the end of this month.

Seriously Single comes from Johannesburg’s Burnt Onion Productions and was released earlier this year. Written by Lwazi Mvusi (Farewell Ella Bella), the film was produced and directed by Burnt Onion MD Katleho Ramaphakela (Bedford Wives) and creative director Rethabile Ramaphakela (Bedford Wives).

The Johannesburg-set film follows two best friends: Dineo, a romantic social media expert who yearns for love and a fairytale marriage, and Noni, a commitment-phobe who finds herself falling for an unlikely man.

Fulu Mugovhani (Scandal, Isidingo) stars as Dineo, with Tumi Morake – an actor and writer best known for being the first African woman to have her own show on Netflix, WTF Tumi – plays Noni.

Seriously Single will become available on Netflix on July 31. The streamer has previously pledged to diversify its content with films and series from various cultural hot spots, and recently ordered a second season of South African teen drama series Blood & Water.

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Netflix, Abudu link for Nigerian originals

Nigerian producer Mo Abudu has signed a deal with Netflix that will see her develop original titles for the streaming giant.

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Under the partnership, Abudu and her EbonyLife prodco will create two Netflix original series and multiple Netflix-branded films.

The deal will also result in screen adaptations of literary works by Nigerian authors Lola Shoneyin and Wole Soyinka. Shoneyin’s bestselling debut novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives will be adapted as a series, while Soyinka’s Death & the King’s Horseman will be made into a film.

Further details of the other projects have yet to be revealed.

Abudu said: “As a Nigerian storyteller, my biggest motivator has always been to tell authentic and untold stories that resonate with every person, regardless of where they’re from in the world, while showcasing our culture, heritage and creativity.

“This unprecedented partnership is testament to Netflix’s investment in African storytelling, and we at EbonyLife are grateful and excited about the opportunity to work together with Netflix to deliver a slate of unique and riveting stories from Nigeria over the next few years for Netflix audiences around the world.”

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Netflix takes Blood & Water to S2

Blood & Water comes from Gambit Films

Netflix has ordered a second season of African teen drama series Blood & Water.

Directed by South Africa’s Nosipho Dumisa, Blood & Water is produced by Cape Town’s Gambit Films, led by producers Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer as producers.

Season one followed the story of Puleng (played by Ama Qamata), a high-school girl whose sister Phumele was kidnapped by a human-trafficking network many years ago.

Addressing members of the show’s creative team on Instagram, producer Nosipho Dumisa said: “I got a call the other day from some certain people from Netflix and they were like, ‘By the way, we love the show so much we can’t get enough, we’re definitely renewing season two and you guys need to get going.’”

Blood & Water’s cast includes breakout star Khosi Ngema plus experienced actors Qamata, Natasha Thahane, Gail Mabalane, Cindy Mahlangu, Thabang Molaba, Arno Greeff and Dillon Windvogel.

The premiere date for season two has yet to be announced.

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MultiChoice to add Netflix, Amazon

Pay TV company MultiChoice is set to add international streaming services Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to its DStv platform.

Calvo Mawela

With its recently released 2019/20 financial results, the pay TV company has shown growth in South Africa and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, adding roughly 900 000 DStv and GOtv subscribers.

Calvo Mawela, MultiChoice’s CEO, said: “We are pleased with our performance and the resilience we have demonstrated this year. Our healthy balance sheet positions us well to weather uncertainties in our markets going forward.

“We have long been a content aggregator and this is proof of our aggregator model at work, providing simplicity, choice and convenience for our customers. As our industry evolves, we believe that we are well positioned to benefit from both worlds – a large, growing pay TV market in Africa, as well as an emerging over-the-top opportunity, where our own OTT services and aggregation capabilities can drive success.

“MultiChoice has shown a 5% increase in subscriber growth in its 2019/20 financial year, taking its total pay TV subscriber base to 19.5 million households. South Africa still represents MultiChoice’s biggest and most powerful market, with 8.4 million pay TV households, while the rest of Africa combined represents 11.1 million households.”

Besides adding two global streaming services, MultiChoice is also getting ready to roll out its as-yet-unnamed ‘DStv dishless,’ stand-alone DStv streaming service that will mimic its existing direct-to-home  service but without the need for any installation.

With these additions, existing subscribers will have access to further streaming services through DStv, paying their monthly bill in local currency for the add-ons, lessening payment friction and providing one place for subscribers to find and watch content.

The company is also planning two new coproductions, Blood Psalms and Rogue; to launch four new local-content TV channels, including a new action-movie channel; and to further ramp up local content production in 2021.

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Netflix adds four Nigerian movies

Jammal Ibrahim in The Delivery Boy

Global streaming giant Netflix is adding four new Nigerian titles to its platform this month.

The Delivery Boy and Light in the Dark will premiere on May 14 and 18 respectively and Anchor Baby starts on May 20. Play Network’s award-winning feature film Living in Bondage: Breaking Free will also make its debut this month.

The Delivery Boy is an award-winning thriller written and directed by cinematographer Adekunle Nodash Adejuyigbe, which tells the story of an orphaned boy who runs into a young prostitute on a fated night. It stars Jammal Ibrahim and Jemima Osunde.

Light in the Dark is directed by Ekene Som Mekwunye. It follows a couple who struggle to mend their marriage after a terrifying home invasion and stars Nollywood actors including Rita Dominic, Kalu Ikeagwu, Joke Silva and Bimbo Ademoye.

Anchor Baby is another thriller, this time produced and directed by Lonzo Nzekwe. It follows the struggle of a Nigerian couple who defy deportation orders and go into hiding to secure their unborn child’s US citizenship and stars Omoni Oboli and Sam Sarpong.

Living in Bondage: Breaking Free is a sequel to the Chris Obi Rapu directed 1992 thriller Living in Bondage. Written by Nicole Asinugo and CJ Obasi and directed by Ramsey Nouah, the movie follows Nnamdi, whose quest for the lavish life takes him down the same questionable path as his father. It features Kenneth Okonkwo, Bob-Manuel Udokwu and Kanayo O Kanayo.

Netflix, which plans to take on more than 50 new titles, recently commissioned an original dance drama series called Jiva!, produced by Cape Town production house Blue Ice Africa.

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Netflix debuts Made in Africa collection

Netflix’s Made in Africa collection

Netflix has launched its Made in Africa collection, a curated list of African series, films and docs aimed at celebrating Africa Month and showing the streamer’s commitment to the continent and its creatives.

Lovers of African stories will be able to watch more than 100 titles of older licensed films and shows as well as Netflix originals including Queen Sono, Jerusalema, King of Boys, Lionheart, Mokalik, Oscar-winning Tsotsi, Uncovered, The Wedding Party and Tjovitjo, plus documentaries like Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Ivory Game and Oscar-nominated Virunga.

Ben Amadasun, director of licensing and coproductions for Africa at Netflix, said: “This collection includes Queen Sono – our first Netflix original series – and as well as films like Catching Feelings, Chief Daddy, 93 Days and Merry Men. We hope that by making these ‘Made in Africa’ titles easily available we will help ensure they are watched around the world.”

The Made in Africa collection is now available at netflix.com/madeinafrica.

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Netflix adds more Nigerian content

Global streaming platform Netflix has added a Nigerian political drama film to its expanding catalogue of Nollywood content.

Love is War, a joint production between Dioni Visions and Inkblot Productions, follows a female gubernatorial candidate (Omoni Oboli) in Ondo state whose husband (Richard Mofe-Damijo) ends up becoming her political opponent.

Other Nollywood actors in the cast include Jide Kosoko, Akin Lewis, Bimbo Manuel, Toke Makinwa and Shaffy Bello.

EbonyLife feature film The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is also set to premiere on Netflix. The romantic comedy tells the story of an aspiring restaurateur who returns to her home in Lagos to oversee her family’s hotel and discovers her parents’ plan to sell the hotel to a rich and attractive buyer.

The movie is executive produced by Mo Abudu, directed by Ishaya Bako and stars Nollywood actors including Rachel Oniga, Joke Silva, OC Ukeje, Charles Inojie, Deyemi Okanlawon, Lala Akindoju, Akah Nnani and Ini Dima Okojie.

EbonyLife founder and CEO Mo Abudu took to her Instagram page to announce the Netflix deal. The premiere date has yet to be announced.

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Netflix renews Queen Sono for S2

Pearl Thusi in Queen Sono

Global streaming service Netflix has announced the renewal of its first African original series, Queen Sono, for another season.

The first run of the six-part series follows Queen Sono, played by Pearl Thusi, who becomes an unconventional spy after the death of her mother and is devoted to protecting the people of Africa. Haunted by her past, she finds herself torn between her career and search for justice.

S2 will see Queen search for the truth as her newfound need for revenge takes her on a mission across Africa while dealing with her family’s past and her complicated love life.

The show, made by South Africa-based studio Diprente, is expected to go into production later this year. The cast also includes Vuyo Dabula, Sechaba Morojele, Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, Rob Van Vuuren, Kate Liquorish, Khathu Ramabulana and Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa.

Director Kagiso Lediga said: “I am so excited by the appetite for African stories and that Netflix is continuing to partner with us to bring to life the next chapter of Queen’s story and showcase it to the world.”

Dorothy Ghettuba, head of African original series at Netflix, added: “The first season of Queen Sono marked the beginning of our journey to introduce the world to exciting stories that are made in Africa. It was an unprecedented representation of a strong female black lead in African television.

“In the first season of Queen Sono, we saw grit and glamour, strength and vulnerability, as well as the past and the present, converge into a powerful narrative that explored the complexities and nuances of the African experience.”

Executive producer Tamsin Andersson said: “We are thrilled to continue our production of Queen Sono S2 with Netflix. The hard work from S1 paid off and we’re excited that the brand is investing further in the growth of our local production team.’’

While Queen Sono is Netflix’s first script-to-screen original production on the continent, the streaming platform is gearing up to debut another African original globally, Blood & Water, a young-adult drama series set in Cape Town.

Although scheduled for release soon, no firm date has yet been announced.

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Akinmolayan’s The Set Up joins Netflix

Inkblot Productions’ The Set Up

NEWS BRIEF: Nollywood drama The Set Up, produced by Niyi Akinmolayan, has this week begun streaming on global SVoD service Netflix.

The Set Up follows a woman who is drawn into a web of deceit when she is hired by a socialite to assist with his scheme to marry a wealthy heiress. It features Nollywood actors including Dakore Akande, Adesua Etomi, Jim Iyke, Tina Mba and Joke Silva and is coproduced by Chinaza Onuzo and Isioma Osaje for Inkblot Productions.

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Netflix cuts bitrates in Africa

Global streaming platform Netflix has decided to reduce streaming bitrates in Nigeria and in other African countries to help mitigate congestion on internet providers and networks.

While several African nations have gone into a lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, the streaming giant believes the reduction will provide significant relief to congested networks without significantly affecting streaming quality.

The reduction, which has already been launched in Italy and Spain, will be in effect for the next 30 days.

Netflix’s VP content delivery Ken Florance said: “Given the coronavirus crisis, we’ve developed a way to reduce Netflix’s traffic on telecommunications networks by 25% while also maintaining the quality of our service. So consumers should continue to get the quality that comes with their plan, whether it’s ultra-high, high or standard definition.”

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Netflix, Boyega to develop African stories

Star Wars’ John Boyega formed prodco UpperRoom

Star Wars actor John Boyega’s production outfit UpperRoom has teamed up with Netflix to develop non-English-language films drawn from Africa.

UpperRoom will develop film projects based on stories, cast, characters, crew, literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements from African countries, with a focus on West and East Africa.

“Africa has a rich history in storytelling and for Netflix, this partnership with John and UpperRoom presents an opportunity to further our investment in the continent while bringing unique African stories to our members both in Africa and around the world,” said David Kosse, VP of international film at Netflix.

UpperRoom, the independent TV and film production company founded by the British-Nigerian actor in 2016, was set up to facilitate his debut as a producer on hit film Pacific Rim: Uprising, which he coproduced with Legendary Entertainment and was distributed via Universal.

Since then, UpperRoom has been developing a slate of projects including some unscripted content, with its day-to-day operations overseen by Yara Shaikh, VP of productions.

Netflix recently signalled its intention to increase its investment in Africa with the production of its first original scripted series from Nigeria, the yet-to-be-titled Akin Omotoso Project, as well as other African originals Blood & Water and Mama K’s Team 4, which will premiere later this year. Netflix’s first Africa Original, Queen Sono, debuted on February 28.

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Netflix picks up Nigerian legal drama

Global streamer Netflix has added EbonyLife’s legal drama Castle & Castle to its line-up of Nollywood content.

Directed by Tope Oshin, Niyi Akinmolayan and Kenneth Gyang, the series follows a happy couple, Remi (Dakore Egbuson-Akande) and Tega (Richard Mofe-Damijo), who run a successful legal firm in Lagos.

Business and marriage often clash when the couple are on opposite sides of the law. Remi prefers to work with affluent clients while Tega is zealous about pro bono cases that impact society.

The show stars Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Eku Edewor, Deyemi Okanlawon, Etim Effiong, Dorcas Shola Fapson and media personality Denola Grey.

The show is one of EbonyLife films’ TV Afropolitan projects which reflect African issues, contemporary African life and African drama generally. It will be available on Netflix from Friday February 14.

The news comes after Netflix licensed EbonyLife female-led drama Fifty, about four women who are approaching 50 years of age, as well as previous acquisitions of Crazy, Lovely, Cool and Sons of the Caliphate.

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Netflix picks up Nigerian duo

Sons of the Caliphate was created by Dimbo and Karachi Atiya

Netflix has added a Nollywood political drama series and a comedy movie, both of which will be available on the global streaming platform from next week.

Set in Northern Nigeria, drama series Sons of the Caliphate was created, written and produced by Dimbo and Karachi Atiya. It tells the story of three rich young men who struggle for power while dealing with family loyalty, love and revenge. Nollywood actors including Rahama Sadau, Paul Sambo and Yakubu Mohammed are among the cast.

The comedy movie is 2018’s Kasala (Nigerian pidgin for ‘trouble’), which focuses on a day in the life of four young men who borrow a car without the owner’s permission. It features Nollywood actors such as Jide Kosoko, Mike Afolarin and Chimezie Imo.

Both titles come from EbonyLife TV.

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