Nigerian Media Mogul Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Media, will current a keynote on variety and inclusion within the international movie and tv business on the MIPCOM Cannes confab subsequent month.
Abudu, an everyday on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual listing of the Most Highly effective Ladies in International Leisure listing, will current the keynote at Mipcom on Tuesday, Oct. 17 on the Grand Auditorium in Cannes. The occasion immediately proceeds the seventh version of Mipcom’s Diversify TV Awards, the one international honor recognizing the promotion of variety and inclusion at worldwide media organizations.
In her 20 years within the media business, Abudu has constructed up EbonyLife Media into considered one of Africa’s main manufacturing firms, with a slate of native theatrical blockbusters — Fifty, The Wedding ceremony Social gathering, Your Excellency, Òlòtūré — and tv collection, together with Blood Sisters, Netflix’s first unique Nigerian collection, which was a world prime ten hit on the streamer, racking up greater than 11 million hours considered worldwide. Along with its a number of venture deal at Netflix —a primary for an African firm — EbonyLife has productions in improvement with such worldwide studios and networks as Sony, AMC, Starz, Lionsgate and the BBC, in addition to Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Studios, Will Packer Productions, and Idris Elba’s Inexperienced Door Photos.
Abudu has additionally arrange the EbonyLife Artistic Academy in Lagos, a college geared toward coaching the subsequent technology of Nigerian filmmakers. In August, the U.Ok. authorities appointed Abudu the Creatives Champion for subsequent yr’s UK-African Funding Summit, the place she’s going to work to convey collectively stakeholders from throughout Africa to attempt to foster collaboration, innovation, and transformation within the continent’s artistic sector.
“Mo Abudu is just a powerhouse,” says Mipcom Cannes director Lucy Smith, “a artistic entrepreneur, producer, broadcaster and philanthropist, profitable for exporting her personal studio’s work and a significant power in serving to African tales attain a wider international viewers lately. When final with us in Cannes in 2019, Mo acquired the Médaille d’Honneur in recognition of those achievements, and she or he joins this yr because the keynote inside a variety and inclusion program at Mipcom Cannes that serves to spotlight these making an influence on this vital space. Nobody is healthier positioned to encourage than Mo and we sit up for welcoming, and listening to from her subsequent month.”
Mo Abudu joins a powerful govt lineup of audio system at this yr’s Mipcom, together with Paramount International president Bob Bakish, Warner Bros. Discovery Worldwide president Gerhard Zeiler and Laura Fernández Espeso, CEO of Spanish manufacturing big Mediapro Studio. Organizers anticipate to welcome some 11,000 patrons, commissioners, creatives and producers from greater than 100 international locations worldwide on the thirty ninth Mipcom Cannes, which runs Oct.16-19.