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Netflix Partners With Realness Institute To Launch Content Development Lab In Africa

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Realness Institute is partnering with Netflix to birth a development lab for writers of series content in Africa.

The Episodic Content Development Lab is open to writers from South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria. The aim of this partnership is to foster rapid development in episodic content in Africa that would also compete globally.


Six writers will make the final selection list. They’ll work on projects that would then be developed by Netflix and will receive a stipend of $2,000 per month from June to September 2021.


Speaking on the new development Dorothy Ghettuba, head of African original programming at Netflix says “We strongly believe that Africa has a wealth of untold stories.”

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“This programme is a response to the dramatically changing broadcasting ecosystem which has a very important role to play in building a thriving media ecosystem in local markets and providing episodic creators with distribution opportunities,” said Mehret Mandefro, director of development and partnerships at Realness Institute”


Elias Ribeiro, co-founder and creative director at Realness Institute also added;

“We had fun shaping the programme with the Netflix team. We all share a love for storytelling and Netflix’s writer-centric approach is very much in line with our ethos.”


Writers can upload their submissions into The Writer’s Lab from the end of November 2020 on


The program is open to writers with Film and TV experience in any genre or language.


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