2019/2020 Executive Committee

Sisanda Henna – Co-Chairperson

Sisanda Henna has been in the industry since the year 2000. From directing and producing on award winning shows, to writing, acting and hosting, he has worked across the value chain, on local and international productions. An activist for cohesion, empowerment and transformation, Sisanda loves to champion SA as a world-class filmmaking country. Previously served on the SA Guild of Actors board, the SAFTA’s committee, and he also sits on the Gauteng Department of Economics Steering Committee. Email: sisanda@ipo.org.za


Nimrod Geva – Co-Chairperson

Nimrod is head of development at Quizzical Pictures. He is an executive producer on several films and TV series, including iNumber Number, Doubt and Taryn and Sharon. Before joining Quizzical Nimrod was a Commissioning Editor at the SABC in the Drama department. Nimrod has an MFA in Film from Columbia University in New York and a background in law. Email: nimrod@ipo.org.za


Thandi Davids – Deputy Chairperson

Thandi began her career in PR and was head-hunted to join the Independent Broadcasting Authority at its inception. She has worked in the music industry producing the Kora All Africa Music Awards for live TV broadcast, in print media and worked closely with the UN to deliver major events including the WSSD, the IUCN Conservations conference and COP17. She served as Africa Regional Director of Broadcasting and Marketing for Fox International Channels and is presently a founding member of StoryScope where she serves as EP and Head of Development. Email: thandi@ipo.org.za


Neil Brandt – Secretary General

Neil is a producer who is comfortable working across genres, cultures and time zones. A founding partner of Fireworx Media, He has been at the forefront of content entrepreneurship and media advocacy in South Africa, producing hard-hitting fiction and non-fiction films and series, working across Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. He is a founding partner of Moon Valley Studios in Johannesburg and StoryScope which is a development company with a focus on African stories for global markets. Email: neil@ipo.org.za


Leanne Kumalo – Treasurer

As MD and co-founder, Leanne leads Seriti Films’ strategic and business operations. She has over 15years of experience in managing creative talent and productions, as an executive producer. She completed her BA Hons. Film Production at AFDA and later completed her business PDBA from GIBS. Leanne has produced multiple films, drama series and commercials. Notable is her first feature film, Bunny Chow, The Herd Season 1-2, and The Imposter 2.  She has also produced brand award winning commercials for premium brands.  


Rehad Desai

Rehad returned from exile in 1990 and lives and works in Johannesburg. He has a master’s degree in history and began making documentaries in 1998. He formed Uhuru Productions in 2003 and has been the driving force behind the company ever since. He is also the Chairperson of the Human Rights Media Trust, formed in 2004. Over the course of his time as a filmmaker, Rehad has produced over 20 documentary films, many of which he has directed or co-directed. Six of these films have been feature-length with significant international participation and wide festival take-up. Rehad is the founder of the Tri Continental Human Rights Film Festival.


Zikethiwe Ngcobo

Through her production company Fuxebox, Kethiwe has produced several critically acclaimed programmes and series such as the documentary Project 10: Belonging (2004), 39 episodes of Thetha Msawawa and 13 episodes of youth drama series Bubomi’ Sana (2004). She was appointed the first head of drama at the SABC, creating the strategy that changed the face of drama in South Africa. In 2011 she left the SABC and became creative producer on the satirical feature Gog’ Helen. Next she produced two TV dramas Thola and Mfolozi Street. In 2015, through Fuzebox, she produced the relationship drama It’s Complicated for Mzansi Magic.


Michael Auret

Michael is currently the MD of Spier Films, a Cape Town and London based production, financing and sales company that he took over at the end of 2007.  Michael is responsible for the Spier Film Fund which has invested equity as well as gap finance and pre-sale loans in various films, and he has now established the Film and Television Finance Company which cashflows the DTI rebate for various productions. In 2012 he co-founded Etana Film Guarantors which he sold on to become Hollard Film Guarantors in 2014. Since 2009, Michael has financed and produced 18 films of which 14 were international co-productions.


Katleho Ramaphakela

Katt is an actor, producer, writer and director, who is the MD and co-owner of Burnt Onion Productions. They have produced many successful TV shows, including the SAFTA winning sitcom Check-Coast, My Perfect Family, the sitcom Thuli noThulani and the drama series Bedford Wives. Other tv series he has acted in include Scandal!, Intersexions, Isidingo, Backstage and Kota Life Crisis. Films he has acted in include Blood and Oil, Mary and Martha, Iron Will and Finding Lenny. As of 2019, he has also co-directed his first feature Seriously Single.


Marvin Saven

Marvin is a partner and Financial Director at Moonlighting Films. He joined the company in 2004 and leads Moonlighting in all financial matters, from co-production structuring and film financing to accounting and tax planning for all of Moonlighting’s film and TV projects.



Thierry Cassuto

Thierry started out in the French TV industry and was part of the launch of several channels including M6 and Paris Premiere, then ran the Paris subsidiary of Hollywood animation studio Hanna-Barbera, before starting his own production company TVTV. He moved to South Africa in 1997 where he launched Both Worlds, a producer of scripted and unscripted television programming. Thierry is the creator of ZANEWS’ Puppet Nation the satirical puppet show which won 26 SAFTAs, 10 IAB Bookmarks and two nominations at the Emmy Awards.


Dylan Voogt

With nearly two decades of industry experience and working on close to 30 feature films, Dylan Voogt of Stage 5 Films has risen through the ranks old school, fulfilling almost every production role, from PA and co-ordinator to PM, line producer and producer. Dedicated to transforming creative ideas into enduring on-screen stories, Dylan’s key skill is extracting the best possible work from each project’s talent and crew, while ensuring producers and investors receive the highest level of service.


IPO in Action: Sub Committees

We encourage all our members to participate in the IPO through the sub-committees which are mandated to ensure that stakeholders are engaged, and relevant actions are implemented. The 2019 committees are as follows, please contact the committee chair if you wish to be involved: 

DTI & NFVF (All activities related to government stakeholder engagement) 

Thierry Cassuto, Neil Brandt, Zikethiwe Ngcobo, Marvin Saven, Nimrod Geva, Michael Auret (mike@spierfilms.com).  

Broadcast (All activities related to local broadcast stakeholders) 

Nimrod Geva, Thandi Davids, Zikethiwe Ngcobo, Luke Rous, Vanessa Jansen, Jane Lipman, Zander Coetzer, Lucia Meyer Marais, Pepsi Pokane, Katleho Ramaphakela (katleho@burntonion.co.za).

Legislation and IP  (All activities related to engagement with the  Intellectual Property Bill) 

Rehad Desai (rehad@icon.co.za), Laura Colucci, Sisanda Henna, Kethiwe Ngcobo (zikethiwe@gmail.com). 

Communication, Marketing & Membership  (All activities related to the IPO Brand and membership) 

Thandi Davids, Sisanda Henna, Neil Brandt, Leanne Kumalo (comms@ipo.org.za)