Amazon Prime Video has disclosed that it has signed another production output deal in Africa with the Nigerian filmmaker Jáde Osiberu in a three-year contract with her Greoh Studios to create original scripted TV series and feature films for the video streaming platform.
Osiberu is the director and writer of the new Amazon Original, Gang of Lagos, which will be released later this year as Amazon Prime Video’s first Nigerian original.
Osiberu said in a statement, “I am delighted with this collaboration and already feel like I’m part of the Prime Video and Amazon Studios family.”
“It will be an absolute pleasure to introduce Amazon Prime Video audiences to the most exciting talent and storylines Nigeria has to offer. I’m looking forward to continuing to help elevate Nigerian stories on a global scale,” she added.
Commenting on the deal, Ned Mitchell, head of African and Middle East Originals at Amazon Studios and Amazon Prime Video, said, “Collaborating with visionary and respected talent is foundational to delivering a curated and eloquent slate of Originals for our local audiences in Nigeria”.
“It is a joy to reveal our partnership with Osiberu in a deal that is the first of its kind for us in Africa. We are constantly delighted by Jáde’s talent for weaving her visual magic and voice into heart-stopping storytelling and characters that burn into our memories. Together, we will create authentically African hits for our Prime Video customers around the world.”
Earlier this year, the streaming service signed an output deal with Nigeria’s Anthill Studios as its second Nigerian content licensing agreement. It followed a contract with Nigeria’s Inkblot Productions in December 2021 as Amazon’s first with any African production company.