Discover Digital secures rights to first African superhero series
Local digital entertainment and technology company, Discover Digital, has officially secured the rights to be the African digital distribution partner for the first mainstream African superhero television series, Jongo.
Produced by Johannesburg-based film and TV studio, Motion Story, Jongo tells the story of Eli King, a young man who acquires supernatural abilities through an alien crystal at the Cradle of Humankind.
The crystal is left to him by his father, an enslaved miner who is murdered shortly after escaping. As Eli tries to deal with the death of his father and find the men responsible, he must also grapple with the powers of the crystal and how it will change his life. However, the men he is hunting have crystals of their own and need Eli’s to fulfil an ancient and devastating prophecy that threatens the lives of millions.
Production is currently underway on the first eight-episode season, which is due to debut on local screens in March 2016. Discover Digital has signed on as the African partner with Jongo's Netherlands-based distributor, FCCE. The series has been picked up by both e.tv and Ebony Life TV.
Writer and co-director of Jongo, Gareth Crocker, says the show will appeal to family audiences around the world while maintaining a distinctly African soul.
“We wanted to showcase the beauty and dynamism of the continent and of South Africa in particular. So many films and TV shows focus on the problems Africans face. Jongo will emphasise all that is positive about this great continent of ours,” says Crocker.
Creating the first African superhero series was an enormous challenge in itself. Crocker says: “We knew from the outset that we wanted to do something quite different from the other shows currently on air in this genre.”
Source: Screen Africa 13 November 2015