EbonyLife Partners Sony To Produce TV Series 

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EbonyLife has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Television, SPT, to co-develop three scripted projects.
The deal, the first of its kind between SPT and a Nigerian production company, will include a TV series inspired by the Dahomey Warriors.
  The action series, based on true events in the West African Kingdom of Dahomey, will tell the story of the all-female warriors. Details of the two additional projects will follow later this year, with resultant shows set to air on EbonyLife and be distributed globally by SPT. Mo Abudu, CEO at EbonyLife, said the partnership would allow it “to bring the fascinating story of The Dahomey Warriors, and many others like it, to audiences around the world.” Wayne Garvie, president of international production at SPT, said: “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 creators of premium content.” EbonyLife TV launched in 2013 and produces over 1000 hours of original programming each year, 80% of which belongs exclusively to the network. Last month the Nigerian broadcaster commissioned a local version of SPT’s relationship format The Dating Game. It has also picked up a raft of programming from distributor TVF and last year started production on Castle & Castle, which it claims to be Nigeria’s first legal drama series. Wayne Garvie, president, international production, SPT, 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 fulfill their aim of being one of Africa’s prime creator of premium content.” EbonyLife is behind successful productions like ‘The Wedding Party’ and ‘Royal Hibiscus Hotel’.      
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