Three-time SAFTA winner Zelipa Zulu is a UK-based screenwriter, script editor, story liner, story editor, head writer and concept creator with fifteen years Film and TV experience.
Zeli’s limited series BLOOD SISTERS, produced by Ebony Life as Nigeria’s first Netflix original, debuted in the top 10 in over thirty countries.
Zeli’s first feature BLUES FOR AZANIA (2007) led to work as a writer and story liner on the award-winning SA TV show, GENERATIONS. From 2009 to 2016 Zeli worked as Writer/Story Liner on the award-winning youth targeted drama series RHYTHM CITY. Since 2016 she has been Head Writer for the show. Under Zeli’s guidance, the show grew in audience ratings share and popularity, performing the best in its long history – since 2012 the show has averaged over 4 million daily viewers. In the last four years, the show has been nominated for 13 SAFTAs securing five wins, two of them for best Television Soap Opera.
In 2015-2016, Zeli created INGOZI, an advertiser funded drama series for Word Of Mouth Productions. The show ran for two seasons on SABC 1 ranking second in ratings and audience share across all SABC channels. In 2019 Zeli created her original series OMEN, a 13-part supernatural drama series for MzansiMagic and Showmax. OMEN ranked in the top 4 most watched shows across the channel.
Other credits include: INKABA; Mnet’s THE WILD; MzansiMagic’s THE ROAD, ISIBAYA, ISITHMEBISO and LOCKDOWN; SABC’s UZALO, MAMELO, MUVHANGO and political drama, 90 PLEIN STREET.
Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie