Tracey-Lee Rainers

Tracey-Lee is a seasoned script editor, story development practitioner, and creative collaborator. With almost two decades in the industry, Tracey-Lee has produced, directed, and written for many of South Africa’s premier production companies, broadcasters, and producers. She started in the industry in 2005 at Red Pepper Pictures and quickly moved up from Production Manager to Content Producer and Director on shows like 20 SOMETHING and TAXI 2. Since then she’s worked as a Producer for Gospel TV Films and Shows that were broadcast by local broadcasters, then series director for documentary series including BREAKING NEW GROUND and LA FAMILIA. Tracey-Lee was awarded the INPUT scholarship that allowed her to train further in Cardiff and London where she worked alongside Channel 4 and Tiger Aspect Executives, the BBC, and Al Jazeera colleagues. She trained as a series producer for a slate of short films.

Tracey-Lee returned to South Africa and worked alongside Producers such as Bongiwe Selane, where she developed a slate of TV films which were screened by local broadcaster MNET. In 2008, Tracey-Lee was chosen for the SEDIBA Screenwriting and Story Development Executive Programme that National Film and Video Foundation hosted. Here she spent 3 years working on various feature film projects and immersing herself in the development process. Tracey-Lee is a Durban Talent (2008). In 2012, 2014, 2016, 2020 and 2021 – she served as Story Mentor at the Durban Film Marts, Story Junction Talent – through this initiative she has mentored filmmakers and collaborated on shorts, feature films, and episodic. Tracey-Lee works with production companies across the continent very recently having finalized a slate of 30 short films for Zinc Pics as Development Producer/Mentor.

Tracey-Lee serves as a story development consultant (episodic) for Netflix. She consults for and guides the development of series and films for distributor AAA Entertainment, she is also a preferred story consultant for the South African Film Funds. Tracey-Lee runs small scale training initiatives, including Story Oasis (GFC), Trajectory Training and FITI Training (KZNFC), to up-skill and empower creatives across the continent.

Tracey-Lee served as a judge for the 2020 South African Oscar Feature Representative, as Muse (Writers Guild of South Africa) judge in 2015, 2018 and 2019 and for the SAFTAS. She recently judged the Jackson Wild Short Film Competition as well as serving as a Mentor for young filmmakers on the Jackson Wild Mentorship Programme.

Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie

Zoë Laband

Zoe Laband is an award-winning screenwriter and script editor.

A scholarship student, she graduated with an honours degree in directing and screenwriting (cum laude) from AFDA JHB. Zoe’s graduation film, the horror-comedy, PINKY PINKY won best film and best director and was screened on MNET and at many international film festivals.

In 2007 she won a Graduate Fellowship for Academic Distinction to attend York University in Toronto Canada, where she attained her Masters in Screenwriting (cum laude).  In 2015 she began writing for television full time and since then has written hundreds of hours of television, screened on almost every channel in South Africa.

Zoë has extensive experience in the story room having been the A storyliner on a telenovella and a soap opera for over 5 years. She also has extensive experience working on limited series, having broken story and written scripts on over 15 local TV shows. These include THOSE WHO CAN’T a comedy series for which she won a SAFTA for best writer, and THE GIRL FROM ST AGNES a thriller commissioned by Showmax.

Recently, Zoe wrote six comedies and rom-coms, all of which have been green-lit by Netflix. Zoë loves writing comedies, thrillers, and family drama. A writer of original feature and series scripts, and a writer for hire, Zoe is also experienced in adapting books for the screen.

Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie