Sunday, 10 November 2013

Mo’ Abudu ranks among 25 most powerful women in global TV

For Mosunmola ‘Mo’ Abudu, founder/CEO, EbonyLife TV, the sky is just the beginning. The businesswoman and media entrepreneur, who has been garnering accolades in recent times, has added yet another feather to her cap. She has been named as one of the Top Most 25 Powerful Women in Global TV.
According to Hollywood Reporter, a magazine that reports all the glam and razzmatazz in Tinsel town, Mo’ Abudu is widely regarded as Africa’s own Oprah Winfrey. This cannot be farther from the truth as the media mogul launched Africa’s first syndicated talk show, ‘Moments with Mo’ back in 2006, hosting some of the world’s biggest celebrity special guests like German President, Christine Lagarde, former US Secretary of
State, Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, fashion designer, Diane Von Furstenberg and many more.
The executives on The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in International TV power list are the deciders shaping an increasingly global industry. A group as diverse as the UN, the women on THR’s inaugural list are united in their ambition, their savvy and determination to make a mark on worldwide TV – and to do so on their own terms.
Mo, as she is fondly called, launched EbonyLife TV this year, creating Africa’s first global black entertainment network, targeting the continent’s growing, inspirational middle-class with original, homegrown programming that celebrates style and success while motivating its audience to dream on and dream big. Mo’ Abudu and the EbonyLife TV crew are on the fast path of revolutionizing pay TV in Africa.
Other top personalities who made the enviable list are Shine Chairman – Elizabeth Murdoch; Fremantle Media boss – Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Endemol COO; Martha Brass, who straddles worldwide production and distribution empires, RTL Group’s Anke Shaeferkordt, TF1′s Elizabeth Durand or BSkyB’s Sophie Turner.
The recent honour is yet another colourful addition to the swelling international plaudits being showered on the ingenious multi-broadcaster. After the launch of the EbonyLife TV channel, which only recently signed a groundbreaking deal with The Walt Disney Company on the co- production of Desperate Housewives Africa, Forbes listed her as the first woman to own a Pan African TV Channel. Many other local and international awards have since followed.
EbonyLife TV is producing over 1000 hours of made-in-Nigeria content, presenting Africa as never before. Its vision is to be the preferred global network for premium African entertainment through the creation of original, homegrown and premium content, showcasing the best of Africa for a global black audience.
Currently airing in 44 African countries across the continent on the DStv platform, ELTV, which broadcasts from Studio Tinapa, Africa’s first and only state-of-the-art and purpose-built film studio located within the Tinapa Free Zone & Resort, Calabar, Cross River State, has continued to deliver on its promise of delivering a fresh new energy and perspective to audiences across the globe, receiving rave reviews from key international media such as the Washington Post, ABC News, BBC, Yahoo News, and Bloomberg, among others

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