BMA has learned that Amazon Studios is seeking a London-based Head of Nigerian originals to extend its steaming platform, Prime Video in Africa.
Amazon Studios indicated in a job posting that it was searching for a Senior Creative Executive to join its Nigerian originals team and manage scripted and non-scripted content.
The candidate would report to the Los Angeles-based Head of Originals for Africa and the Middle East for Amazon Studios, Ned Mitchell.
The advertisement indicated that the candidate will “create a welcoming ‘Home for Talent’ to incorporate creators and artists who symbolise the best of Nigeria.
“The candidate will develop talents and backgrounds and elevate Nigerian stories and voices to entertain the audience in Nigeria, Africa, and worldwide.
“The Originals, and the crew behind them, should mirror Nigeria’s diversity across age, class, gender, ethnicity and tribal affiliation.”
The candidate – should be articulate in both English and Nigerian Pidgin – should have experience in producing or executive producing, commissioning or an equivalent.
Amazon Studios is also looking to fill three other positions for Nigeria, including film and television: Senior Creative Executive, Senior Scripted Series Creative Executive, and Creative Development Coordinator. All four roles are based in London.
West African countries have the biggest entertainment industry in the continent and the second-largest film industry globally.
The West African entertainment sector is recognised as “Nollywood” and is esteemed at US$6 billion, potentially becoming Nigeria’s most profitable export.
More than 2,500 films are produced each year.
Although the Nigerian film and TV industry is flourishing on the continent as well as internationally, many producers still have difficulty obtaining mainstream success, similar to the famous Korean series Squid Game.
However, the Nigerian film industry has become an essential market for streaming services. Netflix was first-in-line in June 2020, when they struck a multi-title deal with Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Studios.