First African Animated featured on Netflix. Netflix has signed a deal with South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios and UK distributor CAKE on animated action-comedy series Mama K’s Team 4,
The deal which is originally set in Zambia is intended for children from 6 to 11-year-olds, Mama K’s Team 4. The story line of the series is centered on a group of teenage girls who are recruited by a former secret agent to help save the world.
Created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema and designed by Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope, who took inspiration from ’90s R&B and hip-hop girl groups, the series supports the idea that anyone can be a superhero.
The series, which is Netflix’s first African animated global original, has been in progress as a 25 x 22-minute 2D-animated project since September 2017. Its launch date has yet to be announced.
From a creative perspective, Netflix is collaborating with Triggerfish (Adventures in Zambezia) and CAKE, on a continent-wide search to hire black female writers for the show. Their command is to find candidates who have had their work produced for either TV or film, and who are English-speaking African citizens or permanent residents.