ArtFilm / TV
netflix seeking african women writers for animated series
By Erin White
April 16, 2019
We’re loving these public calls for Black creatives! And all you animation nerds should be geeked up about Netflix’s first African animated series, Mama K’s Team 4. Why? Because they’re looking for African women writers to work on the series. Produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios and leading London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE, Mama K’s Team 4 tells the story of four teen girls living in the neo-futuristic African city of Lusaka, Zambia. But what happens when the girls are recruited by a secret agent still committed to saving the world? Netflix is hoping you’ll tell ‘em.
Currently leading the Mama K’s Team 4 team is creator, Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, who was one of eight winners in the Triggerfish Story Lab initiative in 2015 and Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope. And alongside Netflix, CAKE and Triggerfish, they are looking for experienced African women writers to join their creative team.
“After animating four multi-award-winning BBC Christmas specials set in England, including the Oscar-nominated Revolting Rhymes, Triggerfish is delighted to bring an African capital city to life on Netflix,” added Vanessa Ann Sinden, Triggerfish’s development producer. “Female writers from Africa who have had their work produced for either TV, film or theatre can find out more about the Writers Lab and how to apply from the careers page of our website.”
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