#BehindtheMask: Chioma Umeala, up-and-coming actress, filmmaker and producer
#BehindtheMask: Chioma Umeala, up-and-coming actress, filmmaker and producer

This week I catch up with Chioma Umeala, known as Ayo on BET Africa's Isono...

By Evan-Lee Courie 23 Feb 2021

#BizTrends2021: Innovation and collaboration will shape a more sustainable future for musicians
#BizTrends2021: Innovation and collaboration will shape a more sustainable future for musicians

While Covid-19 has had a significant impact on many industries, musicians were one of the first casualties, as live performances - which represent the biggest and most sustainable income generator for many musicians - came to a complete halt...

By Lindani Ntsibande 6 Jan 2021

#Newsmaker: Motheo Matsau, Ster-Kinekor Theatres' acting CEO
#Newsmaker: Motheo Matsau, Ster-Kinekor Theatres' acting CEO

Motheo Matsau, who was appointed as deputy CEO in September 2019 recently took over the reigns from Ryan Williams, who had been CEO since January 2018...

By Jessica Tennant 7 Dec 2020

#Loeries2020: Day two winners
#Loeries2020: Day two winners

The Awards announced on day two of Loeries Creative Week 2020, Tuesday, 17 November, included Digital Communication, Digital Crafts, Integrated Campaign, Media Innovation and Young Creatives...

By Jessica Tennant 17 Nov 2020

The magic of 'Toorbos' - Q&A with writer-director René van Rooyen
The magic of 'Toorbos' - Q&A with writer-director René van Rooyen

After a six-year journey from page to screen, René van Rooyen's insightful adaptation of Dalene Matthee's novel Toorbos delivers an inspirational journey of the heart that showcases the best of South African filmmaking...

By Daniel Dercksen 12 Nov 2020

Henk Pretorius chats new horror film 'The Unfamiliar' and filmaking during Covid-19
Henk Pretorius chats new horror film 'The Unfamiliar' and filmaking during Covid-19

2020 horror film, The Unfamiliar is now available for streaming in South Africa. Daniel Dercksen chats to director Henk Pretorius for the behind the scenes scoop as well as his thoughts on the affect of Covid-19 on the film industry...

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Nov 2020

#Newsmaker: Producer Eddie Chitate launches Africa's newest streaming platform
#Newsmaker: Producer Eddie Chitate launches Africa's newest streaming platform

Eddie Chitate, through his production company, Brainstorm Entertainment, has launched a streaming platform called NoFTV...

By Juanita Pienaar 4 Nov 2020

#Loeries2020: "Intimacy is the algorithm of creativity" - Swati Bhattacharya
#Loeries2020: "Intimacy is the algorithm of creativity" - Swati Bhattacharya

I chatted to the international jury presidents ahead of the upcoming Loeries Creative Week. Kicking off the series is this year's film jury president Swati Bhattacharya, CCO at FCB Ulka...

By Jessica Tennant 2 Oct 2020

Radio presenter and digital media boffin, Jacaranda's Renaldo Schwarp.
#Newsmaker: Renaldo Schwarp's new journey at Jacaranda, his book and next film project

Radio presenter and digital media boffin, Jacaranda's Renaldo Schwarp lets us in on what's next for him after wrapping his shows at the station over the past weekend...

By Juanita Pienaar 29 Jul 2020

Ivan Botha and Donnalee Roberts on starting Mind Your Own Biz
Ivan Botha and Donnalee Roberts on starting Mind Your Own Biz

Ivan Botha and Donnalee Roberts chat to us about their new venture, Mind Your Own Biz, a live chat, showcasing local entrepreneurs on Instagram/IGTV...

By Juanita Pienaar 6 Jul 2020

#StartupStory: Black Coffee Films - first black-owned and only black director-based company in Cape Town
#StartupStory: Black Coffee Films - first black-owned and only black director-based company in Cape Town

We talk to Black Coffee Films' Amanda Dlamini and David Leite about how their startup has tried to represent black directors in the country and consciously adding female and young directors to their roster...

By Juanita Pienaar 2 Jul 2020

#YouthMonth: Telling stories that matter - Q&A with filmmaker Katya Abedian
#YouthMonth: Telling stories that matter - Q&A with filmmaker Katya Abedian

Young South African/Iranian filmmaker of award-winning short film Skin Diver, Katya Abedian, shares her thought process behind her creations, gives tips for aspiring filmmakers and advice on staying creative (and kind) during a pandemic...

By Ruth Cooper 29 Jun 2020

President of the Titanium Lions, FCB's Susan Credle.
#LionsLive: Titanium Lions president Susan Credle's briefing

Simon Cook interviewed the president of the Titanium Lions, FCB's Susan Credle to hear her briefing for 2021...

By Juanita Pienaar 25 Jun 2020

#LionsLive: Creative Business Transformation Lions president Ronald Ng's briefing
#LionsLive: Creative Business Transformation Lions president Ronald Ng's briefing

In the first presidential briefing, Cook interviewed Isobar global chief creative officer, the inaugural president of the new Creative Business Transformation Lions, Ronald Ng to hear his briefing for 2021...

By Jessica Tennant 24 Jun 2020

#LionsLive goes live with Cannes Lions MD Simon Cook
#LionsLive goes live with Cannes Lions MD Simon Cook

Cannes Lions global Lions Live streaming event went live yesterday, Monday, 22 June with MD Simon Cook in an interview with host Tina Daheley talking through the behind-the-scenes of what's been going on over the past few months, why they've decided to put this on and what to expect over the course of the week...

By Jessica Tennant 23 Jun 2020

Filmmaker Dugan Bridges on Upward Globility and FMF's Khaya Lam episode shot in SA
Filmmaker Dugan Bridges on Upward Globility and FMF's Khaya Lam episode shot in SA

We talk to Dugan Bridges, an award-winning filmmaker about a new video series produced by Atlas Network in the USA, which pilot episode focuses on the Free Market Foundation's Khaya Lam project in South Africa...

By Juanita Pienaar 23 Jun 2020

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Going where the eyes are: Invest in audience-led advertising

Lockdown means more time at home and increased screen time - revealing viewing trends that brands can learn from to engage more meaningfully with their audiences...

By Setshwano Setshogo 19 Jun 2020

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The show must go on: How to protect media content

The threat landscape in the media industry is growing exponentially, similar to other industries, which is why a zero-threat approach to security is essential. Paul Beattie, sales director of media and technology at BT, shares his insights...

By Paul Beattie 18 Jun 2020

#StartupStory: Janez Vermeiren and Peri vP launch Fylmer.tv
#StartupStory: Janez Vermeiren and Peri vP launch Fylmer.tv

TV personality and producer, Janez Vermeiren and film director Peri vP have launched Fylmer.tv, a new online platform that connects content creators with organisations and brands...

By Evan-Lee Courie 11 Jun 2020

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A Game of Homes

So, here's the thing. The last time the world was united in a single cause to this extent was World War 2. This time around, however, it is not a battle against an ideology but one that is in opposition to one of the oldest frenemies of man: the virus...

By Edward Herridge 8 May 2020

Celebrated screenwriter Tertius Kapp talks about 'Griekwastad'
Celebrated screenwriter Tertius Kapp talks about 'Griekwastad'

Daniel Dercksen chats with Tertius Kapp, who wrote the screenplay for Griekwastad, the true story of the cruel acts which shook the world to its core in 2012...

By Daniel Dercksen 29 Apr 2020

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Brave new world: (Once the lockdown's over the shooting begins)

As the country and the film and advertising industry gears up to confront the post lockdown new normal, a great deal of attention has rightly been focused on the fresh creative and communication challenges the industry will confront in the days ahead...

By Ian Gabriel 29 Apr 2020

Covid-19 advertising, a video supercut shows it's all the same
Covid-19 advertising, a video supercut shows it's all the same

"Times like these," "more than ever," "home," "family," "here for you," "we've always been there for you," "we may be apart, but we can stay connected," "we'll get through this together." A universal brand message of solidarity, accompanied by sombre piano music and B-roll footage of empty public spaces. It's all the same.

By Jessica Tennant 24 Apr 2020

Johnny Breedt talks 'Sergio' on Netflix, Covid-19's effects on film industry
Johnny Breedt talks 'Sergio' on Netflix, Covid-19's effects on film industry

Production designer and filmmaker Johnny Breedt talks about Sergio and how the coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted the entertainment industry...

By Daniel Dercksen 21 Apr 2020

#FairnessFirst: The impact of Covid-19 on the industry
#FairnessFirst: The impact of Covid-19 on the industry

It goes without saying that the marketing and media industry has been impacted by the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic...

By Jessica Tennant 30 Mar 2020

Behind the scenes of the award-wining SA sci-fi/horror film 'Fried Barry' - Q&A with director Ryan Kruger
Behind the scenes of the award-wining SA sci-fi/horror film 'Fried Barry' - Q&A with director Ryan Kruger

Celebrated music director Ryan Kruger's first full-length feature film, Fried Barry has been winning over both local and international critics and fans alike. We got in touch with director Ryan Kruger to chat inspiration, improvisation and cult followings...

By Ruth Cooper 23 Mar 2020

Oliver Hermanus talks de-nuclearising a gay slur with his new film, 'Moffie'
Oliver Hermanus talks de-nuclearising a gay slur with his new film, 'Moffie'

Daniel Dercksen chats to South African-born film director, writer and photographer Oliver Hermanus about latest film Moffie...

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Mar 2020

'Vergeet My Nie' director André Velts talks the universal appeal of love stories
'Vergeet My Nie' director André Velts talks the universal appeal of love stories

Daniel Dercksen chats with director André Velts ahead of the release of his new film, Vergeet My Nie in local cinemas tomorrow, 14 February...

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Feb 2020

Christiaan Olwagen talks the modern-day relevance of Poppie Nongena
Christiaan Olwagen talks the modern-day relevance of Poppie Nongena

Celebrated filmmaker, screenwriter and playwright Christiaan Olwagen chats to Daniel Dercksen about bringing Poppie Nongena to life on film..

By Daniel Dercksen 28 Jan 2020

Employee rights proposed for film and TV industry workers
Employee rights proposed for film and TV industry workers

On 11 December 2019, the Minister of Labour in South Africa issued a notice calling for interested parties to make submissions on his proposal to deem persons in the film and television industry as employees for the purpose of selected portions of South Africa's employment law...

By Johan Botes 24 Jan 2020

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