EbonyLife TV and Disney to co-produce Desperate Housewives Africa

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By Amaka Ojo

Mo Abudu at the launch of Ebony Life TV. Photo: Tokunbo Ibikunle
Mo Abudu delivers a speech at the launch of Ebony Life TV. Photo: Tokunbo Ibikunle

Disney Media Distribution EMEA has disclosed plans to produce the African version of popular Disney series Desperate Housewives.

To be filmed in Nigeria, NET has gathered the series will be jointly produced by Mo’ Abudu’s EbonyLife TV and Disney.

According to general manager, Disney Media Distribution, Emerging Markets, Giovanni Mastrangelo, the purpose for bringing Desperate Housewives to Africa is ‘to engage African audiences through locally relevant and entertaining storytelling.’

The cast for the Nigerian series which will be filmed on location in Lagos, will include actors from across Africa, and producers say production will follow the format and storylines of the original US version, but with a Nigerian flavour.

The Desperate Housewives series already have five different versions produced for EMEA and Latin American audiences, including: a Turkish version,’Umutsuz Ev Kadinlari’, the Argentinean version, ‘Amas de Casa Desesperadas’, the Colombian/Ecuadorian version, the U.S. Hispanic version, ‘Donas de Casa Desesperadas‘, and the Brazilian version.

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