Chisanga Kabinga

Chisanga Kabinga is a Zambian born producer-writer-director living in South Africa, who began her television writing career in 2003 working on South Africa’s top performing soap, GENERATIONS and soon branched into writing for other formats, including John Hopkins/USAID funded educational dramas like TSHA TSHA, SOUL CITY, and the ground breaking Peabody Award winning INTERSEXIONS, for which she was also nominated for a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA). Chisanga has worked on several top grossing South African and Zambian dramas and soaps as storyliner, script editor, script consultant and head writer for shows such as SOUL BUDDYZ, A PLACE CALLED HOME (both of which Chisanga also directed on as well as THE MATING GAME), NJILA, FEVER, MUVHANGO and 2021’s breakout THE ESTATE for Clive Morris Productions and SABC3. Together with Linda Bere Chisanga co-created, co-wrote and co-produced KOWETHU, a 13 part drama series that aired on SABC 1 in 2014 and has recently completed script editing on KINGS OF JOBURG Season 2 for Netflix. Chisanga’s extensive TV development work has taught her the power of television in shifting both perceptions and culture through compelling and entertaining drama. She continues to work as a writer, director and independent producer in Zambia and South Africa and under her company 20 Feet Tall, she has developed two Zambian television series for the Southern African regional channel, Zambezi Magic.

 

Represented by David Kayser

Karen Jeynes

Karen Jeynes has worked extensively as a writer and director for stage and screen, and is perhaps best known for her work with Both Worlds as the head writer for ZANEWS: PUPPET NATION (winner of 29 SAFTAs including Best TV Comedy 6 years in a row, Best Comedy Writing, two WGSA awards for Best TV Comedy, and two time International Emmy Nominee for Best TV Comedy). She is head writer, director, and producer of RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER, a drama series produced by Mnet and Acorn/AMC, as well as THE MORNING AFTER in development for Showmax. Other productions she has developed and overseen are POINT OF ORDER (SAFTA winner for Best Game Show in 2017), COMEDY CENTRAL NEWS, and PARLEMENT PARLEMENT (SAFTA nominee for Best Game Show in 2019). Karen has worked with Pixel Perfect, writing Bioskop movies for Mzansi Magic – INGOZI LO THANDO, UMHLOLOKAZI, UKUPHILA KABILI and LAND OF MILK AND HONEY. She served as head writer for 90 PLEIN STREET season 5 for SABC, as well as writing for shows like VAYA MZANSI and MOFEREFERE LENYALONG as well as work in children’s television writing such as THABANG THABONG and SUPASTRIKAS.

Karen also has extensive theatre writing experience. Her plays include the multi award-winning EVERYBODY ELSE (IS F*CKING PERFECT) (Best Comedy 2005), KISS KISS, I’LL HAVE WHAT SHE’S HAVING, and LAYING BLAME (translated into 7 languages), as well as VASLAV, nominated for 3 Fleur du Cap Awards. She’s part of How Now Brown Cow’s inaugural Writer’s Collective for 2021.

She is in demand as a script consultant and advisor, working with local and international production companies and individual writers. She worked with Kyknet as a mentor on their GRAPKAS project, is a juror for the International Emmys’ Peter Ustinov Award, and is an evaluator for the KZN Film Commission. Her satirical self-help book THE KAREN BOOK OF RULES, co-authored with Karin Schimke, was published in 2020 by Tafelberg, and her co-authored book FLOW: THE BOOK ABOUT MENSTRUATION was published by NB publishers in 2021. She has MA in Writing for the Screen from Falmouth University.

You can find her on twitter @karenjeynes.

Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie and David Kayser

Victoria Thomas

Victoria trained as a lawyer before moving into producing, specialising in international co-productions between Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is now focused on developing work as a Writer/Director and recently completed her debut film The Birthday Party backed by the BFI, Screen Scotland and First Flights and as a Producer/Director on Season 1 of the Untitled African Queens series exec produced by Jada Pinkett Smith for Netflix. She is a regular speaker/moderator of panels at major film festivals and on the jury for the BIFA’s and the Athena List. She sits on the board of Film Africa and the steering committee for ARTEF (The Anti-Racism Taskforce for European Film). She is an alumnus of Filmonomics, Jihlava’s Emerging Producers Program, Berlinale Talents, EAVE, IFP, The AttaGirl Lab and the UK’s National Film and Television School. She is a voting member of BAFTA Scotland and BAFTA UK. Victoria has been selected to develop an original project with Statement Films and Topic as part of their inaugural African Women writers initiative. Her debut feature film is currently financing and is aiming for a Q1 2023 shoot with producer Cati Weineck.

 

Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie and David Kayser

Meg Rickards

Meg began her longform career with the feature documentary (co-directed with Bert Haitsma) 1994: the bloody miracle (2014). This much talked-about documentary, which counts down to South Africa’s first democratic elections, was broadcast multiple times by eNCA and eTV as well as by the Netherlands’ national broadcaster VPRO. It won the Audience Award at the Durban International Film Festival and the Writers’ Guild award for Best Documentary Script. The film opened the Nobel Peace Laureate Youth Summit as well as the Watch Africa Festival in Wales, and showed in several UK cities as part of the Freedom Tour. Her debut fiction feature, Tess, was released theatrically in South Africa in February 2017 and won a number of awards, including the Best South African Film Award at the Durban International Film Festival. It screened at the BRICS International Film Festival in New Delhi, and at the Brussels and Gothenburg International Film Festivals to name a few. Meg’s most recent film Kaalgat Karel, a romantic comedy which Meg also co-wrote and produced with Paul Egan, was released in cinemas in 2021 and is currently playing on DSTV Box Office and Showmax. The film has been selected for a number of international film festivals including the Phoenix International Genre Film Festival in the US and Boden International Film Festival in Sweden. The film won Best Film awards at the Poor Life Choices Comedy Film Festival in Los Angeles, the Gelos Comedy Film Festival in Moscow, the Lit Laughs Festival in the UK, as well as Best Feature Screenplay at Writers Guild of South Africa Muse Awards. Concurrent to shooting Kaalgat Karel, Meg helped to run a training programme for young filmmakers in the Eastern Cape where the film shot. In 2021 I Meg also directed Atlantis, a television feature produced by Known Entertainment Associates and Moonlighting Films for eTV’s streaming platform eVOD. It remains to date the most streamed film on that platform. Meg is currently in development on several original and adapted films and TV ideas with producers at home and in the UK. She holds a PHD in Film Studies, has taught extensively at the University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape, SAE, the Forward Fund Academy and ACT.

 

Represented by David Kayser

Tertius Kapp

Tertius is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and producer working in both English and Afrikaans; he has degrees in laser physics, philosophy, archaeology and creative writing.

His best-known plays are ROOILAND, OORSEE and LIEWER, the first two earning him the highest accolade in Afrikaans literature, the Hertzog prize. In 2016 he won the South African Film and Television Award for his adaptation of DIS EK, ANNA which dominated the ceremony with five more awards. He also wrote GRIEKWASTAD, starring Arnold Vosloo, which was awarded the SAFTA for Best Feature Film of 2020.

In television he created the supernatural series DIE SPREEUS, which was SAFTA-nominated as Best Drama Series in 2020 and recently sold internationally. He is the writer of quirky family comedy SOMERKERSFEES and teen horror RAGE, and creator of the domestic noir series SIENDE BLIND, as well as the acclaimed 4 MURE.

Most recently, the original horror GAIA, which Tertius wrote and produced made the official selection of the SXSW/South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. GAIA is distributed by NEON and Bleecker Street’s Decal in the US, and several other distributors worldwide. It was listed on the top horror lists of 2021 by Variety, IGN.com and Forbes.

Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie

Brett Michael Innes

Brett Michael Innes is an alum of the Oscar-winning South African film school AFDA, on a scholarship from the National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF). His debut as writer/director/producer Sink premiered In Competition at the Atlanta Film Festival in 2016 and has been heralded by local critics as a ‘breakout film that sets a new standard for South African cinema’. This saw him win the SAFTA for Best Film and Best Screenplay as well as Best Edit with co-editor Nicolas Costaras. His second feature, an adaptation of the iconic novel, Fiela Se Kind, premiered In Competition at Tallinn Black Nights and was awarded the SAFTA for Best Film and Best Screenplay in 2020. It has also been nominated for Best Film in an African Language at the 2020 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). Five Tiger, a short that he produced and edited, was official selection at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival while his third feature, the mockumentary comedy Daryn’s Gym, was selected for IFFR 2022. He is currently in development on several original film and television projects and financing a handful of features.

 

Represented by David Kayser

Kudi Maradzika

KUDI MARADZIKA

Kudi is a television producer with eleven years of local, regional & international experience producing long-form scripted and non-scripted formats as well as short form content. Most recently at Viacom International Studios Kudi created the SAFTA nominated and SA Comedy Award-winning Savannah Virtual Comedy Bar showcasing local comedians during lockdown. Not content only producing Kudi was selected for the Realness Institute Netflix lab to develop her original comedy-drama for the streamer.

 

Represented by David Kayser 

Angeli Macfarlane

Angeli has been working as story editor and development producer for many years in cinema and TV and has worked on over fifty feature-length dramas, around two hundred short films and has recently turned her hand to television. Projects she has developed include The Favourite, Death of A President, The Guard, Stardust, Animals, Dirty God, the newly released first features Looted (BIFA nom 2021), Sweetheart and Body of Water and upcoming It Is In Us All. She is well known for her nurturing of emerging writing and directing talent and has had a significant impact on the diversity of new work produced in recent years. Funders across the private and public sectors (Film4, Pathé, Carnival, Altered Image Films, Element Pictures, National Geographic Films, 42MP) also hire Angeli to work with top talent; for example Patrick Harbinson, Jeremy Brock, Nathan Parker, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, John Brownlow. Angeli has also begun writing herself and her first co-written feature L.O.L.A (d. Andrew Legge) for Screen Ireland is currently in post-production. She’s writing two stageplays, a short story anthology and is producing feature adaptation Gunnar’s Daughter by Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Ida, Colette) with producer Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor (2020 Screen Int’l Star of Tomorrow). Angeli’s latest work includes script editing a true crime series for Orche Pictures and SA cabler MNet and leading a story room for Netflix UK alongside several British indie features. Angeli teaches the National Film & Television School diploma in Script Development, runs Film London’s Microwave Scheme and is a voting member of BAFTA having sat on four BAFTA juries.

 

Represented by David Kayser

Tumi Morake

Tumi Morake began her career in 2006 and since has steadily grown into one of South Africa’s most sought-after comedians, earning the title of South Africa’s First Lady of Comedy. Tumi was also the first African woman to have her own set on Netflix and is known to be the first woman to host Comedy Central Presents in Africa. Following the success of her debut one woman show Herstory in 2011, Morake took the show to Edinburgh in 2013 and has toured internationally. As a producer her work has been nominated in various categories at the South African Film and Television Awards, which she also hosted in 2013 and 2014. She also hosted the prestigious SAMA Awards (Nigth1) in 2012 and 2013 and was awarded the Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 Speakers of Note Award. Tumi was nominated for the coveted Comic of The Year at the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Comic’s Choice Awards. She is a recipient of the Mboko Women In The Arts Award for Excellence in Comedy 2013 and in 2015 she was nominated in the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards. She was voted You Spectacular Favourite Comedian 2016. Tumi’s memoir And Then Mama Said was published by Penguin Random House SA in 2018 and she is currently penning her second book. Tumi co-created and starred in the award winning stageplay Tease! (Makhanda National Arts Festival, Market Theatre) which is being developed with her co-creators Vanessa Frost and Jose Domingos for television.

 

Represented by David Kayser

Jozua Malherbe

Jozua’s debut as feature director was the gothic Afrikaans film Wolwedans in die Skemer in 2011. The film achieved massive returns at the South African box office and was one of the top ten pictures of the year. Jozua followed up with a series of television dramas for which he won every directing award in South Africa, including the ATKV Media Veertjie for Donkerland, an epic drama that recounts the story of a farm and its owners from 1838 to 1996. He also won SAFTA awards for Swartwater, Bloedbroers and High Rollers. Jozua earned a total of 22 nominations at the 2014 SAFTAs for his television work and won the following year for Bloedbroers. In 2019 Jozua wrote on the MNET/HBO/ZDF copro Trackers, based on Deon Meyer’s bestselling novel. He was also the second unit director for the series where he worked with renowned cinematographer Ivan Strasburg and essentially shot the equivalent of an ep. His second feature film, Griekwastad, starring Arnold Vosloo and Alex van Dyk was released in May 2020. This true crime picture was Jozua’s debut as a features DOP and is currently available on African streamer Showmax. Earlier this year the film secured a whopping 7 SAFTA nominations and won two; Best Film and Best Director. Jozua directed and shot all five episodes of Mnet’s mystery thriller Slot (TX January 2021) and two episodes of the psychological thriller Lioness, also for Mnet (TX February 2021). Joz’s feature film Beurtkrag (which he also co-wrote) for producer Danie Bester and KykNet premiered at Silwerskermfees 2022 and new heist action/thriller for Netflix which Joz directed the opening block drops on the streamer later this year. It will be the streamer’s biggest budget local production to date. Joz directs commercials under the banner 7 Films and has several projects across film and television in development including a five part TV adaptation for Expanded Media/LookOut Point and BBC Studios/M-Net which he will direct all five eps.

Represented by David Kayser