Ivory Coast partners with South Africa to launch first co-production series

“Known Associates Entertainment”, the production company behind the South African adaptation of the Colombian telenovela that inspired “Ugly Betty”, is collaborating with Ivorian public broadcaster RTI on a sci-fi drama series highlighting the first co-production between the two countries.

“Ambre” will be shot in South Africa and Ivory Coast with actors from both countries, with a screenplay written in English and French. South African public broadcaster SABC has pre-licensed the series, which will be aired in 2022.

‘Amber’ is a futuristic action thriller about the courage, hope and heroism of youth in desperate times,” said the producer, Lebone Maema, who co-created the 6 x Series 60 ′ with Ivorian writer Binta Dembélé.

“Ambre” represents the vision of “Known Associates” for producing high-end African global content. We are delighted to launch co-productions between African countries across languages ​​and cultures for a global audience,” declared company President Joel Phiri.

On the other hand, Ana Ballo, Director of RTI Distribution, said, “It is a real pleasure but also a real challenge to carry out such an ambitious project with our South African partner and counterparts. We really hope that this project will be supported by both governments and private sector sponsors to reach the level that we are aiming for.”

The series also highlights the first partnership between the South African public broadcaster and its West African counterpart.

The Head of Local Productions at SABC, Renée Williams, stated, “We continue to seek meaningful partnerships on the continent where we can co-create new formats and stories that stimulate African storytelling. Our goal with this partnership is to create an environment to maximize opportunities for the best ideas, talents and partnerships in an increasingly competitive and global environment. “