Sydney Dire

Zimbabwean born screenwriter Sydney Dire began his career as a writer for CHIPAWO, an Arts Education Trust based in Zimbabwe before relocating to South Africa in 2012 where he worked in development for leading production house Quizzical Pictures. Sydney then joined Black Brain Productions as a writer on the hit sitcom SES’TOP’LA (SABC 1) and was a Storyliner on the popular Telenovela ISITHEMBISO for Mzansi Magic/MNET in 2018 proudly part of the team that won the SAFTA for TV writing in 2019. Sydney went on to become Head Writer of ISITHEMBISO for its third Season, and he is currently Head Writer of the new telenovela HOUSE OF ZWIDE which he co-created and which began airing on eTV in 2021. Alongside his head writing duties Sydney penned episodes for two Netflix original series including heist drama JUSTICE SERVED (July 22) with the other due to drop on the streamer later in 2022. He is currently writing on another two Netflix original series. Sydney is at home across both drama and comedy. His one-hour pilot drama THE FOUR QUEENS reached the finals of the Screencraft Pilot competition in 2017, his half hour comedy pilot DESMOND AND THE DEVIL reached both the finals of the 2020 Filmmatic TV Pilot Awards and the 2020 WeScreenplay TV Contest and his hour long political thriller pilot BAD MEDICINE reached the top 10 of  the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Scriptwriting competition hosted by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

 

Represented by David Kayser

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

Christina Carty

Alum of The Oxford School of Drama Christina began her career in front of the camera, landing roles including the lead in Belonging to Laura (TV3), Virginia Woolf in Downton Abbey (ITV) and Woolf again in the feature London Unplugged (2018). Christina pivoted to writing and began on the playwriting course at the National Theatre where she wrote musical Skydiving (R&D Shoreditch Townhall) and The Intern (workshopped Southbank Centre). She co-wrote TV piece Filthy (A Funny Women screenwriting finalist) which was optioned by DLT Entertainment and Milly & Claire, optioned by What Larks. She is currently writing coming of age comedy-drama Ag Briseadh Tríd (Breaking Through) for Blinder Films and Irish broadcaster TG4 whilst developing Vernons – an ensemble family comedy for stage. Christina is currently doing an MA in Creative Writing at Brunel University where she is writing her debut novel. Christina has had poetry published by Dreich Magazine, Black Flowers, and commissioned by London Irish Centre. She is based in London.

 

Represented by David Kayser 

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

Mary Waireri

Mary is a Nairobi-born, London-bred screenwriter and filmmaker. After a career in advertising in London, she began experimenting with short film and turned her hand to screenwriting, completing the Screenwriting certificate at the UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) where she wrote her first feature script EXILES – winner of the FilmarketHub2020 Screenwriting competition and shortlisted for the 2020 BBC Scriptworks & Thousand Films Screenwriting competition. EXILES is now being developed with Mo Abudu’s Ebony Life and Sony under their Alo writing banner. Mary is also developing a London-based sci-fi thriller concept exploring the racialisation of artificial intelligence with Statement Films and Topic and was selected to participate in the Realness institute and Netflix Africa’s inaugural Episodic Lab, developing a Swahili folk horror concept. She recently worked on treatment commissions for StudioCanal UK bringing to life secret untold histories and extraordinary true stories. As a lover of thriller, horror, and sci-fi, Mary’s writing explores the many dimensions of the African Diaspora and Diaspora identities through a socially aware genre lens.

 

Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie and 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 

Vanessa Kanu

Vanessa is an accomplished screenwriter based in Lagos with several credits to her name. She is currently writer on Netflix’s MAMA K’S TEAM 4 – the children’s animated series is the first African show of its kind for the streamer.

Nessa most recently wrote on ANGRY BIRDS: SUMMER MADNESS before which she wrote a string of psychological thriller features for Nigerian release. When not focussed on her screenwriting Nessa also ghost writes self-help and spirituality books. She is equally at home writing children’s animation and horror and comedy; she loves the dark and the irreverent.

Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie