Los Angeles, CA, May 17, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Award-winning filmmakers Stafford and Judy Bailey, who created, produced and directed the wildly popular film Blacks Without Borders: chasing the American Dream in South Africa that premiered on Showtime teams up with Samad Davis a celebrated filmmaker and co-creator/producer of the new international, competitive reality series The Spirited Actor – The search for Africa’s Next Hollywood Star to produce the highly anticipated new docu-series that follows the lives of dynamic, entrepreneurial, globetrotters from all over the African diaspora (anywhere people of African decent are) who don’t see boundaries or borders as obstacles but rather opportunities to relentlessly bridge the financial and social gaps through their works on the continent of Africa.
Contrary to popular beliefs and stereotypes of hopelessness and despair western media has placed on Africa over the decades, Africa actually is a major economic force on the world stage. Seven of the world’s ten fastest growing economies are in Africa, TIME Magazine calls it the last investment frontier and China plans to invest 5 billion dollars there by 2014. That makes the world’s second- largest continent the ideal place to shoot this new docu-series.
Blacks Without Borders – The Series follows the lives of globetrotting trailblazers with remarkably diverse backgrounds. They’re entrepreneurs, royalty, fashion designers, entertainers, humanitarians and activists who risk everything to follow their passion that they hope leads to a brighter future. For most, just the idea of living out ones fantasy in a foreign country or daring to do what most around them wouldn’t dream of doing, is extremely appealing. The truth of the matter is living and working in a strange country comes with its own unique set of challenges. The series shadows these modern day globetrotters as they are pushed to the limit to work through the idiosyncrasies of pursuing their passion beyond their country’s borders. In any language, chasing prospects is an emotional experience. In Africa, the rewards are high – the question is do they have what it takes to create a legacy in the world’s second-most-populous, ever evolving continent.
“When the original doc aired we were flooded with emails and phone calls. Viewers became emotionally connected to the stories and were desperate to see more. That’s why we’re pleased to establish this partnership with Samad Davis who sees the value of this type of programming,” says Stafford Bailey.
“As an African American who has been working in and out of 8 countries in Africa for the past 6 years, I have a strong appreciation for its beauty, people, culture, history and opportunities there. Partnering with Stafford and Judy Bailey to produce the series was a no-brainer. We aim to change the station and counter punch some of the negative stereotypes people have about Africa, while simultaneously inspiring and info-taining viewers globally,” says Samad Davis.
“An overwhelming viewer favorite in the original film was the home tours. It featured such properties as a 10,000 sq ft house with a helipad that overlooked the Indian Ocean. Viewers will be pleased to know that we will continue this segment with the series,” says Judy Bailey.
Blacks Without Borders is the brainchild of Stafford and Judy Bailey the founders of 20 Four 7 Productions. The duo has produced content for ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO, Showtime, BET and TBS. Known for character driven story telling, their productions are praised by critics and a must see for viewers.
Samad Davis is CEO of Motion Picture Equity Fund, LLC, a film and television production investment company and President/COO of Magna World Partners, Inc., an international trade investment firm who’s mandate is Africa.
Shooting begins this summer in six (6) African countries, US, UK and the Caribbean.
The series will be licensed for broadcast in the US and abroad. Also, made available as VOD along with Digital and DVD distribution.
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