Netflix Prepares Fifth African Original, “JIVA!” (Trailer)
Netflix?is in production on its fifth original out of Africa, South African dance drama ?JIVA!?
Produced by Cape Town-based Blue Ice Africa, ?JIVA!? follows talented street dancer Ntombi who slowly realizes dancing may be a ticket out of her dead-end job, family drama and turbulent love life.
Busisiwe Ntintili, of The Ntintili Factory, is creator and showrunner of ?JIVA!? The award-winning writer, director and producer is responsible for one of South Africa?s highest rated television shows, the Peabody Award-winning drama ?Intersexions? and hit movie ?Happiness is a Four Letter Word.?
The series is directed by Scottnes L. Smith (?Hear Me Move?), Mandla Dube (?Kalushi?) and Mmambatho Montsho (?Emoyeni?).
Meanwhile, the cast includes break-out star Noxolo Dlamini playing the lead, Candice Modiselle (?Generations?), Sne Mbatha (?So You Think You Can Dance?), Stella Dlangalala (?Funny People Africa?) and veteran actor Tony Kgoroge (?Invictus,? ?Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom?).
Executive producers on the drama include Busisiwe Ntintili, Adam Friedlander and Tebogo Maila.
The new drama follows a second season greenlight for Netflix?s first African original, ?Queen Sono.? The South African teen drama ?Blood & Water? will debut on the service in May.