Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures and Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Media Join Forces on a landmark initiative …
The first of its kind in the continent, the partnership is set to “empower and uplift talent from Africa and the Diaspora.” It will feature a development slate of TV and film projects along with continent-wide training programs.
Green Door and EbonyLife’s development slate will tell stories set in Africa or the African diaspora and will be targeted at the global market. Elba and Abudu will also use EbonyLife’s Creative Academy in Lagos, Nigeria as a model for a set of similar programs that will be replicated across the continent. New education and mentoring initiatives will launch to help foster both the lost generation and a new generation of creative professionals in Africa and the diaspora.
Elba said: “By partnering with Mo, we aim to offer free, world-class industry education to the next generation of storytellers and bring their authentic voices to the forefront.”
Abudu said: “It’s our mission to offer the best in industry education, mentorship, and production opportunities, so that our graduates can become valuable contributors to the global media landscape. We plan to hit the ground running and explore the very best that African and Black stories have to offer global audiences.”
Elba’s Green Door Pictures past credits include Netflix’s Luther: The Fallen Sun, BBC’s Idris Elba’s Fight School and Sky’s In the Long Run.
In 2021 EbonyLife set up a development partnership with the BBC for new action-thriller series Reclaim written by Rowan Athale. Ebonylife also has deals in place Netflix, Westbrook Studios, Sony Pictures Television and Starz.