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Nigeria: Ebonylife TV in Search of Writers for Desperate Housewives Africa

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Lagos — EbonyLife TV, Africa's first Global Black Entertainment Network, has kick-started the pre-production of "Desperate Housewives Africa" with the pan-African search for writers who will create the local version of the Emmy Award winning and iconic hit series.

The Channel is looking for Head Writers, Series Writers and Script Editors who relish the opportunity of working on one of the biggest African television series ever made EbonyLife said in a statement.

Some of the prerequisites for qualification as the preferred writers include experience, a great imagination, the ability to engage African audiences through locally relevant and entertaining storytelling, creativity, a sound knowledge of Africa, especially Nigeria, and of course, being familiar with the original series, Desperate Housewives.

"We are looking for experienced, imaginative and creative script writers who are masters of suspense and intrigue," said Director, Scripted programming, Quinty Pillay. "We are searching for writers who are very familiar with the show Desperate Housewives, on the one hand, and the cultures and traditions of Africa, particularly Nigeria, on the other hand."

All interested writers are to visit ebonylifetv.com for details of application.

Entries for writers in all categories will close on December 01, 2013 and this will immediately be followed by the search for the actors that will bring the story and characters to life.

Barely five months into the launch of the Channel producing over 1000 hours of original, homegrown and premium entertainment content annually and broadcasting same to over 44 African countries on Channel 165, DStv, with roll out plans to include platforms in the UK, US, Canada and other parts of Europe, the acquisition of this world-famous format reinforces the mission of the Channel to continuously create original, premium and inspiring content with an African soul that showcases the best of Africa for a Global Black audience.

Disney Media Distribution EMEA last month announced plans for a co-production of the iconic hit series with EbonyLife TV, bringing a new take on the series' darkly comedic view of suburbia to African audiences. The Desperate Housewives Africa series will be filmed mainly in Nigeria and is expected to begin airing by middle of 2014.

The Nigerian series will feature an African cast of new emerging and established talents and will be filmed on location in Lagos, Nigeria, at a site that has been identified as Africa's own "Wisteria Lane".

Production will closely follow the format and storylines of the original US version, with a uniquely Nigerian flavour. And to ensure the series retains its international appeal but with an African soul, EbonyLife TV will be working with DO.ii designs and Agatha Interiors on furniture design for the Desperate Housewives Africa sets. On dressing of talent, EbonyLife TV will be partnering with stylist Veronica of Vane-Style and major Nigerian designers to include Bridget Awosika, Ella & Gabby, Jewel By Lisa, Kareema Mak, Lanre Da Silva, Meena, Me-Li, Needle Point, Odio Mimonet, Phunkafrique, Toju Foyeh, etcetera.

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.

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