DISNEY Media Distribution EMEA announced plans for a local production of the iconic hit series Desperate Housewives, bringing a new take on the series’ darkly comedic view of suburbia to African audiences. The series, to be filmed in Nigeria and known as Desperate Housewives Africa, will be co-produced by EbonyLife TV and Disney, and will beginning airing from summer 2014.
“Co-producing Desperate Housewives Africa with EbonyLife TV offers the opportunity to engage African audiences through locally relevant and entertaining storytelling. It is terrific news that the local version of this hit series, starring a pan-African cast, will bring to life the universal stories and characters created by ABC Studios.” Giovanni Mastrangelo, General Manager, Disney Media Distribution, Emerging Markets said.
CEO and Executive Chairman, EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu added: In Desperate Housewives we find one of the most amazing formats for TV and we are extremely excited to be co-producing it with Disney Media Distribution EMEA. On our part, and in line with our mission which is to create original, homegrown and premium content with an African soul, we will work to ensure parity with the original storyline and production values that have characterized the global series, without compromising on that very important African essence. This is very crucial to our channel as it definitely is to The Walt Disney Company.”
The original Desperate Housewives won both the 2005 and 2006 Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and was created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios. The series is broadcast in more than 200 territories around the world, where it has been one of the most popular U.S. TV shows in recent history with its eighth and final series concluding in 2012.
The Nigerian series will feature an African cast of new emerging and established talents and will be filmed on location in Lagos, Nigeria, at Adiva Estates, a gated development along the Lekki Expressway, developed by ARM. This location has been identified as Africa’s own “Wisteria Lane”.
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