StarNews Mobile, a network of mobile video channels that allows celebrities and brands to monetise their fan bases in Africa, has partnered with US entertainment network Black & Sexy TV to make its series available to mobile users in Africa.
Among the series included in the initiative is reality series Sexless, which follows four female friends as they take on love, romantic expectations, intimacy and friendships while abstaining from sex.
Javicia Leslie, the first black actress to play Batwoman, stars in later episodes of Sexless, which are anticipated to join the platform at a later date. StarNews Mobile users will have access to 45 exclusive episodes of the series.
Dennis Dortch, co-founder and CEO of Black & Sexy TV, said: “We have enjoyed servicing a small, yet mighty and highly engaged subscriber base in several African countries. Their biggest ask was always about when we would start to distribute our premium content in their local markets, so it’s energising to finally deliver on this demand.
“We are excited to experiment with using fun, bite-sized-episode formats that are more appropriate for the highly mobile-forward consumption habits of these audiences. It has been a long-time dream for us to make a stronger connection to our people across the African diaspora, and we are honoured to be the first US content partner with StarNews.”
Guy Kamgaing, founder and CEO of StarNews Mobile, said: “Mobile users in Africa have significantly less access to entertainment due to expensive data plans and are lacking content tailored to their region. With the addition of Black & Sexy TV to our network, not only is this the first time we have released US entertainment in South Africa, but it is also the first time we have released serialised content on the continent.
“We are now offering fans’ previously unattainable content that they love and want. We’re excited to expand our partnerships and project huge growth in the next few months.”
StarNews Mobile also partnered with mobile operator MTN Group to deliver content to mobile users. StarNews Mobile users receive a code to their device from MTN that allows the user to subscribe and stream channels and new episodes on their mobile devices without having to use their data.
Black & Sexy TV will be available on StarNews Mobile in Nigeria in the first quarter of 2021.