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.


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Darrel Bristow-Bovey

Award-winning screenwriter, author, and columnist Darrel Bristow-Bovey has written five feature-length films, including THE SUNDAY AFFAIR (2022), NOTHING FOR MAHALA (2013) and INSIDE STORY (2011), which won Best African Film at the Zanzibar International Film Festival and Special Jury Award at the Los Angeles Pan-African Film Festival in 2012.

The winner of multiple South African Film and Television Awards, Darrel was head writer for the multi-award-winning television dramas THE LAB and HARD COPY, and the forthcoming DARK HEARTS for M-Net and ZDF, and THE SECRET LIVES OF BABA SEGI’S WIVES and BABY FARM, both for EbonyLife and Netflix.

He was a senior writer on HOPEVILLE, which won Best Drama/ Mini Series at the Rose d’Or Global Television Festival in 2010, and was nominated for an International Emmy for Best Mini Series.

Darrel has also published five books and was a finalist for the Caine Prize for African Literature. His original play PRIEST WITH BALLOONS won the 2018 Scribe Award and premieres in 2022.

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Khotso Rams

Johannesburg based Khotso is a television host, radio personality, actor and writer. Currently on Radio 702 Khotso hosts the weekly entertainment show THE EARLY BREAKFAST SHOW and is TV host on Moja Love’s Siyaya TV. As an actor he has performed across stage and screen on shows on SABC, Showmax and Moja Love. Khotso is currently developing his original comedy series THE PINK MAFIA as writer and creator with a small team of SA TV personalities.

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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.


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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.


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Thati Pele

Born and raised in Johannesburg, Thati Pele is a statistician turned film director. Her work is inspired by her upbringing. She interrogates intimate relationships in an aim to give room to reflect on gender, social norms, politics and the unflappable optimism of the human condition. Thati won a scholarship to study her masters in filmmaking at New York University (N.Y.U.) where she won the prestigious Spike Lee grant. She went on to complete a competitive production rotation at Universal Studios Los Angeles. Thati made the short film, LERATO, which premiered at S.X.S.W. Film Festival, won her the Best Director Award at the New York Fusion Film Festival as well as the New Talent prize at CICLOPE Africa 2019. She has written and produced short films that have travelled to festivals and channels including Tribeca and HBO. Now back in South Africa, Thati directs award winning commercials and hit streaming shows for Netflix including episodes on the second and third seasons of BLOOD & WATER. Her latest for the streamer, SAVAGE BEAUTY, bows 12 May. Thati is in development of her first feature film the wonderfully dark comedy drama BRACE YOURSELF which was invited to the Realness 2020 lab and the 2021 Locarno Directors Lab in Switzerland. Together with producer Cait Pansegrouw Thati is a participant of Statement Films / Topic’s inaugural African women storyteller’s scheme.


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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, and Forbes.

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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.


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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.


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