Nollywood production house Nemsia Films has signed an exclusive slate deal with US streamer Amazon Prime Video, with three features commissioned.
The first feature to be announced is Breath Of Life, written and directed by Bb Sasore and produced by Eku Edewor. It tells a story exploring life and destiny, where one must live to fulfil their purpose and cannot die until this is done. The other two films to come from the deal will be announced later this year.
“We are very excited to collaborate with Nemsia Films on this pioneering slate deal, which will complement our growing lineup of local Nollywood content for Prime Video customers,” said Ayanna Lonian, director of Content Acquisition and head of Worldwide Major Studio Licensing Strategy, Prime Video. “This slate deal supports our goal to showcase Nollywood at its best, by telling authentic homegrown stories in a range of genres to Prime Video customers around the world.”
“At Nemsia Films, it is our belief in ‘no gravity for the mind’ that has led us to work with Prime Video, one of the leading streaming services worldwide, capable of delivering our stories further than we ever imagined,” said Derin Adeyokunnu, co-founder of Nemsia Films. “We are tremendously excited about the collaboration and what the future holds for Nollywood.”
Nemsia films was co-founded by Derin Adeyokunnu and BB Sasore in 2013, and has become a hub for developing young and emerging talent in Nollywood. The entire production chain, including visual effects and post-production, sits in-house. Adeyokunnu serves as managing partner and executive producer and Sasore is the creative director, writer, and director of most of their work.
Along with Nemsia’s commissioning deal, Prime Video has previously announced exclusive licencing agreements with leading Nigerian production studios, Inkblot Studios and Anthill Studios, which highlights a commitment by Prime Video to deliver Nigerian and African film to a global audience of more than 200 million Prime members.