Côte Ouest’s new productions
Côte Ouest, Africa's leader in the distribution of TV content, announced, that the company is expanding its operations through the launch of a new production arm.
The first innovative concept, Africa Zapping is a compilation of three minute extracts from various TV channels in French speaking Africa, depicting the social, media and political life characteristics of Francophone Africa.
The company is also able to reveal its very first co-production, Saburi, a home-grown multi-platform African comedic detective series conceived by Côte Ouest and Dv8 Films for SABC2, South Africa’s multi-lingual free-to-air channel.
Mike Dearham, SVP, Côte Ouest, says: “These are exciting times for Côte Ouest and the African TV sector in general. For the first time in the continents history of television, we are witnessing an unstoppable combination of technical push and commercial pull. Therefore the production and distribution plan for SABURI and the other Côte Ouest productions will be responsive to this important shift.
Given the fantastic growth in the African media sector, our decision to move into production was a natural progression. The Côte Ouest production strategy aims to deliver a variety of pan-African audio-visual products intended for global distribution across a variety of traditional and digital platforms. In turn, leveraging the best human, creative and technical resources across African regions and countries is the cornerstone of our strategy.
Our production plan is also mindful of the increasing digital presence in Africa, therefore all Côte Ouest productions will be created in TV, mobile and online formats.”
Africa Zapping is a collection of clips from popular culture and television from last 24 hours. The three minute shows will include outstanding, moving and even strange TV moments that have been previously broadcast on French speaking African channels.
Saburi (13x48') is a dynamic, character driven television series named after a sassy protagonist: Saburi. The series follows the conventions of a detective comedy genre where the heroine, uses her deductive ability, social skills, and prowess to solve problems and maintain peace in the world of the story. SABURI is not just a portal into a world of comedy and detective work, but a showcase of a 'New Africa' and all of its socio-cultural and economic nuances. The show also highlights the strong role women play within today’s society in Africa through the main character, Saburi. Côte Ouest retains the international distribution rights for Saburi.