Sony Pictures TV, Mo Abudu's Nigerian Giant EbonyLife Sign First-Look Deal



Sony Pictures Television's international production division has extended its partnership with EbonyLife Media, the expanding banner led by prolific Nigerian producer Mo Abudu.

SPT struck an exclusive first-look deal for all new EbonyLife-controlled scripted television projects created, originated, or developed by or for EbonyLife and intended for global audiences. It expands on a three-project co-development and production deal signed in 2018. The first project announced as part of that development deal is a series inspired by the story of the Dahomey Warriors.

"It's been an absolute pleasure working with Sony Pictures Television over the last few years, and we are so pleased to be deepening our partnership with them," said Abudu. "Taking African storytelling to global audiences is something we are very passionate about, and this new opportunity with Sony gives us a chance to reach massive audiences worldwide with our scripted TV series. So get ready - we are coming to entertain and thrill you!"

Added Nina Lederman, executive vp, global scripted development for Sony Pictures Television: "We are delighted to be broadening our relationship with Mo and the team at EbonyLife, who have created some of the most compelling and successful content in all of Africa. We’re excited to have the opportunity to help bring their soulful African storytelling to platforms serving a global audience."

The two-year exclusive first-look deal is effective as of January. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Last year, EbonyLife — behind the top three Nollywood films of all time at the Nigerian box office — signed a multi-title deal with Netflix, the first African production company to do so with the streamer.