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Mo Abudu Joins International Emmys Board of Directors

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The International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences has embraced Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Media, as a member of its newly elected Board of Directors.

In February, Nigerian filmmaker, actor and Managing Director of Euphoria360 Media, Femi Adebayo, was also appointed to the prestigious Emmy Academy. The new inclusions from Africa form part of the Emmy Academy’s March 2024 Newly Elected Members from 25 countries worldwide.

Among the recent additions to the membership are Ferdinand Adimefe, CEO of Magic Carpet Labs (Nigeria); Leonard Amanya, Film, Video and Cinematography Affairs/Film Producer & Director of Uganda Communications Commission (Uganda); Emem Ema, CEO of Vzhun Films (Nigeria); and Bradley Joshua, CEO of Gambit Films (South Africa).

Mo Abudu’s latest accomplishment follows her collaboration with British filmmaker Idris Elba to elevate African storytelling and her recognition as 2024 Forbes Africa’s Businesswoman of the Year.

Her media production company, consisting of EbonyLife Films, EbonyLife Studios, EbonyLife Creative Academy, and EbonyLife Place, is behind critically acclaimed Nollywood films and TV series such as “Blood Sisters”, “Òlòturé”, “Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman”, “Chief Daddy”, and “War: Wrath and Revenge”. Earlier this year, she announced the production of a new series “Baby Farm” and the highly anticipated “Òlòturé: The Journey”, both slated to debut on Netflix.

Ferdinand “Ferdy” Adimefe’s animation company, Magic Carpet Studio, is responsible for producing the urban fiction comic series “The Igwes” and the animation film “The Passport of Mallam Ilia.”

Bradley Joshua is an Executive Producer at Gambit Films, known for the high school series “Blood & Water” and crime thriller series “Unseen.”

Leonard Amanya is a Ugandan award-winning producer, director, film consultant and international film juror. An Officer for Film & Cinema Affairs at Uganda Communications Commission, he is recognized as the director of the 2023 film “Crystal.”

Mo Abudu expressed her gratitude for the support received upon her appointment to the Board of Directors, stating, “It’s truly a humbling honour to join this esteemed board alongside distinguished members of the global TV and Film industry. As I step into this new role, I am enthusiastic to use this platform to uplift Africa’s burgeoning creative economy in every way possible.”

Established in 1969, The International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences is a non-profit organization that celebrates excellence in television programming globally through the annual International Emmy Awards. Traditionally held in New York City, USA, the International Emmy Awards recognizes outstanding achievements in global television across sixteen categories, with over a thousand international broadcasting, production, and distribution executives gathered for the honours.

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