Netflix Partners with Realness Institute to Launch a Content Development Lab for African Writers

Applications are open

Streaming giant Netflix and Realness Institute, a company focused on supporting African content, have announced a partnership deal to create an Episodic Content Development Lab for writers in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria.

The opportunity will be open for writers with film and TV experience in any genre, whether its (fictional or factual) or language. The South African company will open the doors for applications starting end of this month, November.

Select writers will begin working full-time for three months from June to September 2021 and will be compensated welk with a monthly stipend of $2000.

Only six writers will be selected, and their work will be “developed and commissioned” by streaming giant Netflix.

“We strongly believe that Africa has a wealth of untold stories,” says Dorothy Ghettuba, who leads Netflix’s African Original Series.

“As we grow our slate of Originals in Africa, partnerships with organizations like Realness will help us achieve our goal of investing in writers who will bring diverse genres of authentic, local stories that will ensure our audience members see their lives reflected on screen.”

The writers will help the company develop more African content following the success of its first two African original series, Queen Sono and Blood & Water.


Realness is calling for submissions and is inviting writers with either Film or Television experience. Interested writers can check for the eligibility criteria and apply via the Realness website.

Applicants must pay 30 euros via PayPal or 55 Euros via international wire transfer to cover the transaction charges. The deadline for submissions is on midnight(SAST) on 31st January 2021.

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