Iwájú creator Ziki Nelson speaks with David Neumann’s Newmation For Management
Based on an original concept by Nelson and his pan-African entertainment company Kugali, Iwaju ‘ is the very first animated African comic book series for Disney +. The upcoming series described by Disney as a “first collaboration of its kind” takes place in the neo-futuristic Lago. The science fiction project, currently in production, will explore themes of class, innocence and challenging the status quo. It is set to debut on the Disney + streaming platform in 2022.
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“I am delighted to welcome Ziki to Newmation,” said the former CAA film agent. David Neumann, who launched the company last year. “Our customers span six continents and we pride ourselves on having a global reach as a company. As a filmmaker from Lagos Nigeria, I think Ziki’s talent as a filmmaker is pioneering and his voice as a storyteller is universal. With his highly anticipated series IWAJU, which will debut on Disney + next year, I think Ziki is one of the most exciting animation filmmakers in the business today.
“I am really delighted to be starting this new chapter in my career working with Newmation,” said Nelson. “When I look at the caliber of talent they represent, it’s a real honor to be part of such a distinguished company. Telling stories through art and animation has always been my dream and it feels like another step towards my goals.
At Neumann’s management company for film and television animation creators, Nelson joins a roster of writers and directors that includes Hugh Welchman (Loving Vincent), Anita Doron (Breadwinner), Gary Trousdale (The beauty and the Beast), Andrew Chesworth (A small step), Shaofu Zhang (Taiko Studios), Malenga Mulendema (The Mama K 4 team), Tomer Eshed (Dragon rider) and more. Last year, Neumann was recognized on Observer’s Entertainment 50 Power List 2020, alongside Reese Witherspoon, Dwayne Johnson, Will Smith, Reed Hastings, Jason Blum and more.
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