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Play Network’s drama Blood Vessel hits No. 1 on Netflix’s Non-English Chart.
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Blood Vessel is a drama-filled thriller that unfolds in the Niger Delta region, revolving around six individuals brought together by chance. Escaping a town devastated by oil pollution, they inadvertently become stowaways on a mysterious ship, unaware of the dangers that await.
Directed by Moses Inwang with Roxanne Adekunle-Wright, Arafat Bello-Osagie, Agozie Ugwu as producers, Blood Vessel stars Adaobi Dibor, David Ezekiel, Jidekene Achufusi, Sylvester Ekanem, Levi Chikere, Obinna Okenwa, Alex Cyr Budin, Francis Duru, Jide Achufusi, Bimbo Manuel, Oyibo Rebel, and René Mena.
Released on the 8th of December, this thriller comes top Netflix’s non-English chart, this laudable achievement is Play Network’s second top film at the streamer’s, the first being Glamour Girls (2022).
Blood Vessel leads the streamer’s non-English chart in over 20 countries in the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Clutching the top position twice in a row since its release on the 8th of December, Blood Vessel has garnered over 8 million viewing hours across the globe.
In comparison, Play Network’s Glamour Girls hit 12.39 million global watch hours after its release in 2022, placing 5th on Netflix for the week of June 27th – July 3rd 2022. The title also successfully pulled significant demand from countries across 5 continents – Africa, South America, Europe, Asia and North America.
Play Network Studios is a subsidiary of Play Network Africa, an entertainment, events, and hospitality powerhouse launched in the year 2007. The media company ventured into film production with its release of Living in Bondage: Breaking Free – a remake of the 1992 drama thriller. Since then, the film section of the company has gone ahead to remake classic Nollywood pieces including Aki and Pawpaw, RattleSnake: The Ahanna Story, and Nneka the Pretty Serpent.
Nollywood is winning big on global streaming platforms by captivating audiences with authentic Nigerian stories, showcasing narratives deeply rooted in Nigerian culture and society. These narratives, often woven with elements of tradition, humour, and resilience provide a unique window into the vibrant Nigerian life.
As a result, the industry has recorded huge successes on international streaming platforms, making the demand for such stories more apparent. This success also underscores the global appetite for storytelling that reflects the authenticity of cultures often underrepresented in mainstream media, hence the high acceptance of this Niger-Delta-based story.
Play Network has carved a niche for itself in film, with its antecedent and continuous work, it will be interesting to see what the film company has in store come 2024