Media mogul and EbonyLife TV founder Mo Abudu has been announced as the Chair of the 47th International Emmy Awards Gala scheduled for November 25th, 2019 in New York.
The International Emmys made this known in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
Speaking on the announcement, Mo said: “As producers, we are in a unique position to share fresh, authentic, and original stories with a global audience. Our content is not limited by language or culture. Viewers want to see stories that reflect their everyday lives—which can be found everywhere.”
She continued: “At EbonyLife, we believe in changing the global African narrative. And like many, we connect the world with our stories. As a Nigerian television producer, I am honored to chair the 47th International Emmy Awards and be part of an organization that celebrates extraordinary television producers from all over the globe.”
The International Emmy Awards recognises and celebrates excellence in television produced outside of the U.S.
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Media mogul, Mo Abudu is set to receive the 2019 MIPTV Médailles d’Honneur in Cannes alongside three other television executives. The other three are Stéphane Courbit (France) Jane Millichip (United Kingdom) and Ilene Chaiken (USA).
Mo Abudu who has been described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman” shared the exciting news via her Instagram page.
GOOD MORNING BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE. I AM THANKFUL AND OVERJOYED AT THE NEWS OF BEING ONE OF THE 4 RECIPIENTS OF THE 2019 MÉDAILLES D’HONNEUR AT MIP TV. THIS NEWS WAS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽. SO OFF TO CANNES IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS TO RECEIVE THIS MÉDAILLES D’HONNEUR. I AM SO EXCITED AND MOST GRATEFUL FOR THIS RECOGNITION OF OUR WORK AND MORE THAN ANYTHING, THAT OUR STORIES ARE NOW MAKING A DIFFERENCE ACROSS THE GLOBE. WE MUST BE IN THE ROOM!!! OUR STORIES MUST BE TOLD, HEARD AND SEEN – LOUD AND CLEAR!!! YES, WE ARE CHANGING THE NARRATIVE!! IT REALLY IS HAPPENING!!! ALL THANKS AND GRATITUDE TO MY AWESOME GOD, THE INCREDIBLE AND RESILIENT EBONYLIFE TEAM AND MY DEAR FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT ARE ALWAYS THERE FOR ME. I PRAY WE TRULY ALWAYS HAVE REASON TO CELEBRATE ONE ANOTHER🙏🏾❤. LINK IN MY BIO. #MIPTV2019 #CANNES#CHANGINGTHENARRATIVE#AFRICATIMETOSHINE #NIGERIATIMETOSHINE
The MIPTV Médailles d’Honneur is usually awarded to senior executives who have, through their talent, leadership and passion, made a significant contribution to the world of television and the development of the international TV community.
The four will receive their MIPTV Médailles d’Honneur at a cocktail and awards ceremony taking place in Cannes, France, at the InterContinental Carlton Hotel on Monday 8 April 2019.
The Hollywood Reporter has released its annual list of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television and Mo Abudu is the only African woman listed, amongst those from North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australasia. The Founder and CEO of EbonyLife TV is being recognised as an influential woman in the media industry for the second time.
The category recognises female executives from around the globe who are rewriting the rules of TV, during a time when “women have to work twice as hard for the same recognition” as men. The article describes Abudu as a woman who “has been at the forefront of media innovation on the continent and whose goal for the coming year is to successfully produce Africa’s first sci-fi TV series.” The first time she was included in this list was in 2013, immediately after the launch of EbonyLife TV.
Since those early days, EbonyLife TV has created over 4,000 hours of original, high-quality content, including landmark drama series The Governor, Sons of the Caliphate and Fifty (the series), along with the first pan-African talk show, Moments, with different versions hosted in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. EbonyLife Films made its debut in 2015 at the 59th BFI London Film Festival with Fifty, the highest-grossing Nollywood movie that year. In 2016, EbonyLife co-produced The Wedding Party, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to become the biggest movie in the history of Nigerian cinema.
Ms. Abudu does not take the recognition from the renowned entertainment magazine for granted. “It’s an honour and privilege to be acknowledged again by The Hollywood Reporter. I am proud to represent Nigeria and the thousands of women in Africa, striving to make their mark in a male-dominated industry,” she said.
The Hollywood Reporter publishes its list of Most Powerful Women in Global Television annually, with luminaries deemed by its editors to have made a significant impact on what audiences are watching worldwide and how women are represented on TV.
To see the complete list, click here: https://goo.gl/Xghfas
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