Africa

NBCUniversal’s ‘The Real Housewives’ Format to Expand Across Africa (EXCLUSIVE)

NBCUniversal Formats has strengthened its partnership with leading African entertainment company Multichoice for several more African versions of “The Real Housewives” format. First up are versions set in…

Global Citizen Festival Will Run the Gamut from Metallica to Mariah, With Priyanka Chopra Jonas Hosting Fall Event

The New York component of this fall’s consciousness-raising Global Citizen Festival will bring together artists as stylistically diverse as Mariah Carey, Metallica, Maneskin, Rosalia, Mickey Guyton, Charlie Puth…

‘Rafiki’ Director Wanuri Kahiu Talks Making Her Hollywood Debut With Netflix’s Lili Reinhart Dramedy ‘Look Both Ways’

When Wanuri Kahiu first received the script for Netflix’s “Look Both Ways,” the Kenyan director felt like she was, in a certain sense, reading her own story. The…

‘The Real Mo Farah’ Co-Producer Red Bull Studios Sets New Athletics Doc ‘The Moment: How Sports Changed the World’ With 1895 Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Red Bull Studios (RBS), one of the producers behind the electrifying documentary “The Real Mo Farah,” have set their next project, titled “The Moment: How Sports Changed the…

Indian Government Approves Film Co-Production Agreement With Australia

The Indian government has approved an audiovisual co-production treaty with Australia, designed to promote joint production of films between the two countries. While details are currently scarce, producer…

Kevin Hart Sets Audible Self-Help Audiobook About Taming ‘Voices in Your Head’

Kevin Hart is buffing up his brand as a motivational speaker. The comedian-actor-producer-entrepreneur will release a new audiobook, “Monsters and How to Tame Them: Taking Charge of the…

Korean Series ‘If You Wish Upon Me’ Given Global Launch by A+E Networks

A+E Networks is giving a multinational launch Wednesday to “If You Wish Upon Me,” a Korean drama series that was produced by its A+E Studios unit. The show…

Biyi Bandele, Nigerian Director of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ and ‘The King’s Horseman,’ Dies at 54

Biyi Bandele, the renowned Nigerian novelist, playwright and filmmaker behind 2013’s “Half of a Yellow Sun” and upcoming film “The King’s Horseman,” has died. He was 54. Bandele…

‘Tommy Guns’ Review: A Sinuous, Surprising Military Drama Wrestles With Portugal’s Colonial Legacy

Portugal’s colonial past in Africa continues to haunt some of the country’s most vital and subversive filmmakers. With his remarkable second feature “Tommy Guns,” Angolan-Portuguese director Carlos Conceição’s…

Idris Elba Wants to Battle Superman as ‘Suicide Squad’ Anti-Hero Bloodsport: ‘It Needs to Happen’

Idris Elba is teasing his potential return as the DC Comics assassin Bloodshot. “I would definitely like to tell the Superman story. There’s no doubt,” Elba tells Variety.…

Amazon Prime Video Adapts ‘LOL’ Format in Nigeria, Orders ‘Gangs of Lagos’ and Opens Local Currency Services

Amazon Prime Video has ordered the Nigerian originals “Gangs of Lagos” and “LOL: Last One Laughing Naija,” and opened up local currency services for the platform in the…