EbonyLife TV Commences Operations in Calabar, Plans to Expand to Lagos and Abuja

EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first Global Black Entertainment
and Lifestyle network moves into its third year as the channel of
choice in the entertainment category, the outfit is now expanding its
operations to more Nigerian cities, including Abuja, Lagos and Calabar.
The channel’s purpose for this multi-location operations is to meet its
goal of programme specialization as well as market inclusion.

In this regards, Drama, one of the most exciting genres on EbonyLife TV,
will now be moved to Calabar, with major drama series set to be
produced all year round from ‘the nation’s paradise’. Already, The Governor, Desperate Housewives Africa, Cinderella, Dynasty and Melrose Place are scheduled for production in Calabar. The latter two: Dynasty and Melrose Place are EbonyLife TV’s two new classic blockbuster series recently acquired from CBS Studios International (CBSSI).

The Governor, a riveting 13-part drama series, is currently being shot in Calabar. When Governor Peter Akala
dies from an automobile accident, not only is his State thrown into
paroxysms of mourning, the party hierarchy is also thrown into mighty
disarray as well. The succession plan as enshrined in the constitution
now faces a very harsh test in the face of severe machinations and
maneuverings as the State is set, against all odds, to produce not only a
political ‘outsider’, but also a woman, as governor!

To demonstrate EbonyLife TV’s firm commitment to Calabar as its city of choice, The Governor,
an extensive production, is being shot in over 12 different locations
in Calabar, Cross Rivers State, while approximately 40 local actors have
been cast in Calabar.
Next in line to be produced in Calabar after The Governor, is ‘Cinderella- An African Tale’.
This will be a 6 part mini-series modern African adaptation of the
famous and absorbing fairytale set to be filmed in February 2016.
The filming of Cinderella – An African Tale will be followed by the production, also in Calabar, of the African adaptation of Dynasty and Melrose Place, compelling acquisitions from CBS Studios International (CBSSI). Adaptation scripting of these is to commence in early 2016.
On the heels of these will be the filming of Desperate Housewives Africa
Season 2 in the latter quarter of 2016. The partnership between
EbonyLife TV and the Walt Disney Company had brought about the
production of Desperate Housewives Africa Season 1, based on the multiple award winning ABC Television drama hit series, Desperate Housewives. Desperate Housewives Africa has been the first drama format ever to be made in Africa.
As EbonyLife TV positions to meet the needs of its viewers by creating
more drama from its world-class studio facility in Tinapa, Calabar, as
enabled by its celebrated partnership with the Cross River State
Government and the good, warm, hospitable and loving people of the
tourist city, the company is also proudly expanding its operational
tentacles to both Lagos and Abuja.
Whereas Calabar remains a most critical
and integral aspect of the channel’s operations and will ultimately be
known as its Home of Drama, Lagos will be known as EbonyLife TV’s home
of Entertainment. Consequently, the channel’s rich daily entertainment
portfolio is now set to move to its new studios in Lagos in order to
allow for ease of production and accessibility to guests.
The
channel has also expanded its operations to Abuja. In its bid to
continuously champion the cause of its teeming youth viewership on the
issues of politics and governance, EbonyLife TV now has a team of
correspondents and production crew covering the Villa, bringing its
audiences news and views in and around the centre of power in Nigeria,
similar sentiments that inspired a number of its existing programmes,
including Naija Politics (a panel discussion programme that
seeks to bring insight into intricate political issues, while proffering
answers to questions on the minds of viewers); EL Reports (latest headlines and positive news from around the continent), among others.
EbonyLife TV’s Abuja operations also transcend reporting from the Villa. Its recently commissioned 13-part drama series, Sons of The Caliphate, is currently being shot in the city. Sons of The Caliphate
is a political drama set in the North of Nigeria about three rich,
entitled and ambitious young men all caught up in the lust for power,
addiction, love and desire, as well as the obligations of family loyalty
and the craving for revenge in the deadly tussle for the governorship
seat of the Northern Caliphate State. Personal conflicts and interest
intertwine and cascade through the dark alleys of corruption, betrayals,
assassinations, corporate crimes and palace affairs in this drama about
the rich, cultural and flamboyant aristocratic Northern
Nigerian lifestyle.

Source: BellaNaija
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