Chipo Chung

London-based Zimbabwean actor, writer and director Chipo Chung was educated at Yale and RADA and as an actor has worked with some of the biggest names in cinema and theatre including Max Stafford-Clark, Nick Hytner, Denis Villeneuve, Fernando Meirelles, John Madden, Danny Boyle and Armando Ianucci. She has performed at the Bush, Royal Court, National Theatre and Nuffield to name a few and is currently working on HIS DARK MATERIALS (p. Bad Wolf for BBC/HBO). Chipo’s passion for the arts and its ability to affect social change underlies all the work she does and her mission statement is to tell stories that intersect viewpoints of the global north and south with race, class and revolution as key themes.

 

Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie and David Kayser

Sean Steinberg

Born, bred and educated in Johannesburg, Sean graduated from Wits with a BA Honours in English Lit and Philosophy, and an MA in Film and TV. Since then, he has worked extensively on some of South Africa’s premier dramas, including head writing the TV adaptation of the 2013 critically acclaimed iNumber Number, scriptwriting for Showmax’s dark and twisted The Girl from St. Agnes (both p. Quizzical Pics), and script editing spy thriller Trackers  – the Deon Meyer adaptation for Mnet, Cinemax and ZDF. His most recent short film, Axis Mundi, co-written and co-directed with Matthew Jankes, has won numerous awards including best director, screenplay, and short film at kykNET’s 2018 Silwerskermfees, as well as best short film at the 2019 Jozi Film Festival. Sean and Matthew have also just completed writing an eight-part crime/drama for Canal +. Sean is currently a script editor for the National Film and Video Foundation, and is in the process of developing a tragicomedic crime story about a matriarch of a crime family.

 

Represented by David Kayser

Steven Pillemer

Steven Pillemer is a veteran South African writer who began his career in theatre. He cut his teeth in daily drama and has been involved in head-writing, story lining, script editing and script writing over nine hundred episodes of SA TV including shows such as Jacob’s Cross, Zone 14, Inkaba Isibaya, Zabalaza, Golddiggers, Greed & Desire and Scandal. Steven has also worked on several dramas and co-created and worked as a development executive on two original dramas, House Keepers and Harvest, the latter of which was nominated for best drama at the 2018 South African Film and Television Awards. The most recent drama, Good Men, of which Steve lead wrote two seasons is due to TX on SABC late 2021. Steven’s debut film; Pop Lock ‘N Roll, a dance film, premiered in 2017 after which he went on to co-write political thriller Uncovered in 2019. Both films are currently available on Netflix and his third, Courting Anathi (p. Rififi Pictures), a rom-com, is due to hit South African theatres later this year. His fourth, Not Joe’s Wedding goes into prep 2021. Steven recently finished writing two original shows (6 parts) for Netflix one of which is in post and the other is currently in prep. Meanwhile Steven’s developing a handful of original tv and feature projects on spec and with SA producers – from epic world-building fantasy to near-fi action thrillers and romcoms Steven is adept at crafting character driven genre with big hooks.

 

Represented by David Kayser

Justine Loots

Justine cut her teeth in documentaries, directing, writing and producing various documentary series, including Carte Blanche and Carte Blanche Africa where she worked as a journalist for 6 years. In 2010 Justine wrote Surfing Soweto (directed by Sara Blecher and Dimakhatso Raphoto) which won Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 SAFTAS and Best Local Film at the Tri Continental Film Festival 2010. She has written on various television dramas, including When We Were Black S02 (Headwriter); Ayeye, two seasons of Erfsondes (both won Best Scripts, ATKV), Traffic! (SAFTA Best Drama Writing nominee) and others. She has over a hundred hours of telenovela writing credits to her name, including Isithembiso (winner of the SAFTA for Best Writing Team) and Broken Vows (SAFTA Best Writing nominee). Justine spent 18 months doing story development work for Showmax on shows with a local heart and international reach and spent a year as Head of Script Development (feature films) at Videovision. Recent work includes writing and assistant producing the Christmas movie Herb & Moon (aired on Showmax and M-Net Christmas 2020); writing on a new Netflix Africa Originals series (in post-production), and on a documentary series on anti-apartheid activist Neil Aggett (in production). Currently, she is writing on the second season of a crime series for M-Net.

Represented by David Kayser

Zelipa Zulu

Zelipa Zulu is a sought after screenwriter, script editor, story liner, story editor, head writer and concept creator with thirteen years experience in Film and Television.

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

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

Jose Domingos

Jose is a storyteller backed with twenty-five years’ experience in the entertainment industry and has worked as writer, actor and director. As performer, while his stage work has earned him acclaim, his on-screen exploits have garnered him film credits including The Deal and An Act of Defiance, where he has appeared alongside the likes of Meg Ryan and William H. Macy. Closer to home though, audiences know him best for his comic turns on television series, Isidingo and Izoso Connexion. His bent for comedy extends to his writing work, where his tenure as staff-writer, over a collective nine seasons on hit sitcoms, Ses Top La, Abo Mzala and Thandeka’s Diary, has seen him pen forty episodes. His stage writing credits include comedy-horror, Bangalore Torpedo, co-created with virtuosos, Rob Van Vuuren, Michelle Wilmers and Jaco Bouwer; as well as the critically acclaimed dramedy, Tease, which he directed and co-wrote with comediennes, Vanessa Frost and Tumi Morake.

 

Represented by David Kayser

Voline Ogutu

Voline Ogutu is a Keynan painter, screenwriter and director. She has written for several local TV series including Sumu La Penzi, Jane And Abel, Fihi, Sunrise, Waliobaki, Keru, and How To Find A Husband amongst others. Voline’s also created and written two M-Net movies; Orphan and Hosptial which are available on Showmax Kenya. She has written and directed award winning short films, Seed and Viral and has written and directed horror feature film, The Witch From Chaka, which is currently in postproduction. Voline has a handful of projects in development including TV series Dilemma which was selected for the Durban Talents 2020. She is currently writing on Netflix’s first African animated series Mama K’s Team 4 and two comedy series for Showmax; NJORO WA Uba and Varshita.

 

Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie

Omotunde Akiode

Omotunde is a Nigerian based screenwriter who honed her craft at the New York Film Academy. She is currently writing on Mama K’s Team 4 for producers Triggerfish – the children’s animated series is Netflix’s first African animation. She’s written on season three of Sissi the Young Empress – the children’s animation for Italian outfit Mondo TV and also Bino & Fino for EVCL Nigeria. Outside of kids animation Omotunde has worked extensively with MNet Nigeria on popular telenovelas and wrote the comedy Hustle for the cabler. She has two feature films under her belt (Evol and Ever After, both for Sunbow Productions) and another comedy Ojo’s in the House for Ebony Life TV Studios.

 

Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie

Matthew Jankes

Johannesburg native Matthew earned his stripes lensing music videos, commercials and TV drama across the African continent. In 2009 Focus Features financed Matthew’s short film Umkhungo as part of their Africa First programme and the film went on to screen internationally and win a SAFTA amongst several other awards. Matthew went on to study at the NFTS in London and graduated in 2015 with his film Brothers (d. Thordur Palsson). On home turf Matthew has been writing and directing South African television, including the TV adaptation of the 2013 critically acclaimed iNumberNumber for SA cabler/SVODs Mzansi Magic and Showmax, as well as working across commercials and promos under the banner Johnny Gun Films. His latest short film Axis Mundi starring Deon Lotz and co-written and co-directed with Sean Steinberg won best director and best SA short at the 2019 Jozi Film awards. Matthew and Sean are currently co-writing an 8-part series for Canal+. Matthew’s fascinated with raw, complex and deeply blemished characters and drawn towards crime dramas, thrillers and political intrigues.

Represented by David Kayser