From being named ‘Africa’s Most Successful Woman’ by Forbs in 2015, to signing a partnership deal with Netflix in 2020, Mo Abudu has continued to scale new heights that hitherto seemed impossible for African film executives.
Abudu has added another feather in her cap by signing a partnership deal that will see her working with Hollywood power couple, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, on different co-produced film and television projects.
The deal, according to reports, was signed between Abudu’s EbonyLife Studios and Westbrook Studios.
Both companies would produce two series and one film project, including ‘Dada Safaris’, an Afropolitan dramedy series, ‘Are We Getting Married’ and ‘The Gods,’ which tells the story of married Cambridge professors set out to find answers to a surge of natural disasters, but found seven long forgotten African gods instead.
Eli Shibley, the head of international TV and film, Westbrook Studios SVP, said: “As we set out to focus our initial slate of international content for the studio business across a diversified set of key territories and regions, the creative energy and world class artistry coming out of Africa is absolutely undeniable. We are thrilled to be working with a best-in-class producer like Mo and her EbonyLife team to tell stories that uniquely celebrate African characters and perspectives and resonate with fans of great film and television around the world.”
On her part, Abudu said: “I’m proud to announce that our vision of EbonyLife Studios being in partnership with Will and Jada’s Westbrook Studios is now real. Westbrook‘s goal is to create and curate powerful and inclusive content. This is completely in line with our vision at EbonyLife – to tell global African stories from our perspective. Together, we will be developing a slate of projects that reflect our shared goals. We are beyond excited!
“Our key focus is set on creating the largest continent-wide ecosystem within which we harness and grow our creative economy, creating countless opportunities for all that work within our sector,” she added.