Mo Abudu is expanding her international reach. The well-established Nollywood film executive has inked a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television via her EbonyLife Media company.
Under the two-year exclusive deal, EbonyLife will produce original television projects that suit a global audience for SPT. Abudu’s partnership with Sony marks the first African first-look deal with a major Hollywood Studio.
“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!”
“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,” executive VP, global scripted development for Sony Pictures Television, Nina Lederman disclosed.
In 2020, EbonyLife became the first production house in Africa to ink a multi-title deal with streaming platform Netflix.
Prior to the Netflix exposure, Abudu had garnered much international recognition from respectable publishing outfits. In 2013 alone, Abudu was featured in the Hollywood Reporter’s ’25 Most Powerful Women in Global TV’ and again named by Forbes as ‘Africa’s Most Successful Woman’.
EbonyLife is behind some of Nollywood’s biggest films and shows such as, ‘The Wedding Party’, ‘Castle & Castle’, ‘Fifty’, ‘Her Excellency’, ‘Oloture’ and many others.