Netflix Has Shopped Its First Animated Series From Africa, ‘Mama K’s Team 4’.

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Created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema (who in 2015 was one of eight winners of the Triggerfish Story Lab, a pan-African talent search backed by the Cape Town-based animation studio and The Walt Disney Co.) and designed by Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope, ‘Mama K’s Team 4’  follows four teenage girls living in a futuristic version of Lusaka, Zambia, who are recruited by a retired secret agent to save the world. Last year, Erik Barmack, Netflix’s vice president of international originals, confirmed its plans to order original series from Africa stating that in the future they expected half of the top 10 most-watched shows in a given year to come from outside of the US. By investing in local content in South Africa and beyond, Netflix has put Naspers-owned Showmax on its toes.

Mama K’s Team 4’ has the potential to give a whole new generation of African children the opportunity to see themselves on screen in the powerful, aspirational characters they look up to – Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at the streamer.

‘Mama K’s Team 4′ was produced by South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios, British kids’ and family entertainment production company CAKE. Triggerfish’s collaborations with the U.K.’s Magic Light Pictures have produced four multi-award-winning BBC Christmas adaptations, including Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes” (2016), which was nominated for an Oscar and won more than 15 international awards, including an International Emmy. The studio is currently in production on its third animated feature.

Richard Ogundiya

Journalist & Techpreneur. Africa, communications and data.

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