EbonyLife Studios, Sony Pictures Television Join Forces For New Writers Initiative ‘Àlọ́’
According to EbonyLife Studios, Àlọ́ is an international writers initiative aiming to discover up-and-coming writers and their unique story ideas that pay homage to Africa’s cultures, diversity, heritage, and people.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
In 2021, EbonyLife announced a series of new agreements, including ones with Netflix, Universal Pictures, and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Studios, as well as the opening of the EbonyLife Creative Academy.
The studios has agreed to a two-year exclusive first-look contract with Sony Pictures Television’s international production business, which will start in January 2021.
In order to develop world-class and authentic African stories, EbonyLife Studios has teamed up with Sony Pictures Television to form a writers’ project, which is called ‘ALO’ derived from the Yoruba language and means “once upon a time.”
“Àlọ́ is an international writers initiative aiming to discover up-and-coming writers and their unique story ideas that pay homage to Africa’s cultures, diversity, heritage, and people,” according to the “Àlọ́ Initiative’s website.
Mo Abudu, Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife Media, announced the new project on her Instagram page, saying, “I am really excited about our growing partnership with Sony Pictures Television; from our deal for three scripted series to our first-look agreement, and now the ÀLÓ Writers’ Initiative. …I am particularly thrilled about the Writers’ Initiative because it is in line with our continent-wide vision to harness and grow our creative economy.”
Applicants must be of African descent and have been born in one of the continent’s fifty-four countries, or have evidenced citizenship as a native of the country, or be first-generation children.
EbonyLife Studios and Sony Pictures Television have teamed up for the “l” New Writers Initiative.
Beginning on Friday, September 24, writers are encouraged to submit their materials and apply for specific times.
The Àlọ́ team, which is made up of creative professionals from both EbonyLife and SPT, will then assess and shortlist the submitted television scripts and story materials.
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