The deal includes three scripted television series, one of which will be based on the Dahomey Warriors, the real-life warriors who served for over 200 years in what is the present-day country of Benin. The Dahomey Warriors are considered to be the inspiration for Black Panther‘s all-female bodyguards, the Dora Milaje.
The development of this series will begin immediately and the other scripted projects will be set soon, with Sony Pictures Television distributing the shows internationally.
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Beautiful people 💕💕 I am pleased to announce to you all, the good news that I promised to share with you. EbonyLife Limited and Sony Pictures Television has signed a 3 year deal on 3 exciting scripted TV projects set to be distributed internationally, yes!! To networks around the world👏🏾👏🏾 The 3 year project deal is the first of its kind, between Sony Pictures and a Nigerian/African company. Our 3 projects will include a TV series inspired by The Dahomey Warriors. This action packed series inspired by true events took place in the West African kingdom of Dahomey in 1890's. This is an empowering story of the all female warriors from our continent!!! I could not be more proud as we developed this story👏🏾. I thank Sony for being such visionaries, for committing huge resources to this project. The plans for these projects are massive. To include A listers as part of our cast. I am talking: Game of Thrones, Outlanders, Marco Polo. This is the level of support being made by Sony Pictures. But what also gladdens my heart, is that there will also be great opportunities for cast and crew from across the continent to include Nigeria of course🇳🇬 This is a true partnership. Thank you Sony Pictures TV for believing in us. I have said time and time again, "if you can think it, you can do it". My vision for EbonyLife has always been to take our stories to the world, and to change our narrative and now we have an opportunity to do this with a world class organization such as Sony Pictures. My Lord and God, thank you 🙏🏾🙏🏾. I congratulate the EbonyLife team on all the hard work that has brought us this far. To my mum, my kids, sisters, friends, thank you all so much for your love, support and prayers. Hollywood here we come, meet Nollywood💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 In this picture with me are; Mark Young, Senior Vice President, Distribution & Sales UK, Ireland, Africa, Iberia at Sony Pictures and Kunle Falodun, Vice President Distribution Africa – Sony Pictures For more update – #varietymagazine #thisdaynewspaper #businessday #guardiannewspaper #c21media
“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 a world-class organisation like Sony Pictures Television. 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 Ebony Life. As I always say, ‘If you can think it, you can do it,’ said Ebony Life CEO Mo Abudu.
“Mo Abudu is one of the most formidable and creative figures in Nigerian television, and with Ebony Life her and the team are creating something that is truly ground-breaking and extraordinary. Our aim is to help Ebony Life create a portfolio of African content that will fulfil their aim of being one of Africa’s prime creator of premium content,” Wayne Garvie, President, International Production, Sony Pictures Television added,
This is the third known project on the Dahomey Amazons. Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o are starring in The Woman King, set at TriStar Pictures. Another scripted, live-action series is in development from NCIS producer Charles F. Johnson, along with French producer/director/writer Joy Fleury, and producer Karen Gordy, with no network set.