Behind the scenes with Netflix in Africa

Published 4:37 PM ET, Thu July 16, 2020
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Entertainment giant Netflix has turned its focus to the African continent. Its "Made in Africa" collection features more than 100 titles from African creatives. The company tapped Kenyan entertainment veteran and film producer Dorothy Ghettuba (third row, second from the left) as its head of African Original Programming. "We want our African stories to be watched across the globe," she told CNN. Courtesy Netflix
Two new scripted series from Africa have premiered on the global streaming service. "Queen Sono" launched in February and was the first Netflix original African series. South African actress Abigail Kubheka is pictured here on the set of the show. Courtesy Netflix
"Queen Sono," is a drama series about a South African spy, and features South African actress Pearl Thusi. Courtesy Netflix
Behind the scenes on the set of "Queen Sono," which was created by Kagiso Lediga. Courtesy Netflix
"Blood & Water" is the second Netflix original series to come out of South Africa. Actress Ama Qamata is pictured here on the set of during the first season, which premiered in May. Courtesy Netflix
A look behind the scenes during filming for the first season of "Blood & Water," before the coronavirus pandemic forced much of the entertainment industry to halt production. Courtesy Netflix
Ghettuba says the streaming service plans to create more African stories told by African storytellers. Pictured: filming an episode of "Blood & Water," season 1. Courtesy Netflix