Akin Omotoso studied drama at the University of Cape Town where he won the Fleur du Cap for most promising student. He also won the Standard Bank Artist of the year award in 2007. Television works includes directing on A Place Called home, (for which he won best director at the south african film and television awards) and the number one drama on South African television Soul City. Akin has Produced and Directed two feature films God is African and the award winning Man on Ground (official selection Toronto and Berlin).
Bongiwe holds an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies from the London College of Arts and a Media Management Programme from Stellenbosch Business School. She is currently Executive Producer at Blingola Media, a company that she founded with her partner Carol Jenkins. Bongiwe has 10 years of broadcasting experience, having worked at M-Net as Commissioning Editor from 2003-2009. She headed up New Directions, a film development initiative that saw her executive produce over 30 short films in the continent. She also produced a 6 part documentary series called Great Africans for M-Net Africa. Blingola highlights include Culture Shock, the 2013 SAFTA Award winner for best reality show, Fables, a series for Mzansi Magic, and I am African – a promo series featuring African icons for African Magic Entertainment.
Marvin Saven 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. Recognised as an industry leader in the utilisation of co-production treaties, Marvin has spearheaded the structuring of such co-pro projects as “The Borrowers” (Working Title Television), “Death Race 2” (Universal Germany), “Flight of the Storks” (H&V / EuropaCorp) and “The Girl” (Warner Bros Germany / Wall to Wall). He structured the first co-productions produced under the SA / UK Treaty (“Skin”) and SA / France Treaty (“Skoonheid”) and he heads the film industry task team that was set up to engage with the NFVF (the South African competent authority) on co-pro matters.
Eileen Sandrock launched her career in the performing arts with a Bachelor of Music. Her passion for television has taken her from Vision Mixing and Video Editing, to Directing and now to her current position as the CEO of Sasani Africa.
In 2001 Sandrock joined MNET as the Supervising Producer of KTV, and later as Commissioning Editor of MNET. During this time, Eileen commissioned productions such as Carte Blanche, Big Brother, Skouspel, Egoli and Survivor, to name a few. In 2007, Sandrock moved on to becoming the Managing Director of Sasani Studios where she landed the Big Brother Africa contract and a number of daily soaps: Skeem Saam, Muvhango, Isidingo, The Wild, 7de Laan, Rhythm City and Scandal! Eileen is intimately involved in youth development and training: As the Chair of Television Production at AFDA, she regularly assists as an external examiner and assessor. Under her leadership, Sasani Africa secured the 8th position in the Media24 unlisted company CSI award, and in 2012 the 10th position in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards for corporate social investment.
Zaheer was a child actor who directed his first film and theatre projects before he was 16. At University he read Engineering and Math at Masters level and worked as an investment banker before returning to his first love, film. He has produced five feature films and a host of television shows that have sold in more than 100 territories. His TV series have topped television ratings around the world and his films have won awards at some of the most prestigious international film festivals. Zaheer is a member of The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (EMMY organization) and regularly hosts Emmy Awards juries. Zaheer is also the first South African producer to become a member of the Producers Guild of America.
Mmabatho kau has been in the South African film and television industry since 1998, working her way up from being a production secretary to being a commissioning editor with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). After graduating from Rhodes University with a degree in Journalism and Media studies, Mmabatho honed her skills working on initiatives such as M-Net’s New Directions as a trainee producer. She then formed part of the first production team to produce content for the Afrikaans network Kyk-Net. She has worked in various capacities including content producer, script editor and series producer on shows such as Big Brother South Africa, Backstage, Soul City 6 and Tsha Tsha (SABC 1). She was awarded a Chevening Scholarship in 2004, by the United Kingdom High Commission to study in the UK and acquired her Master of Science in Media Management from the University of Stirling, Scotland. On her return she worked for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as a commissioning editor. Her love for story-telling and film led her to script-editing and lecturing for the National Film and Video Foundation. She is now focusing her energy on building her own television and film production company, Homemade Films, which is dedicated to creating entertainment content that brings about social change and transforms lives through entertainment.
Ramadan Suleman was born in 1955 in Kingsrest Bluff, near Durban, South Africa. He studied at the School for Research in African Theatre. He was one of the founding member of the Dhlomo Theatre, the first black theatre in South Africa. He entered cinema as a casting director, and began directing short films in 1984. After studying in Paris, then at the London International Film School, he worked as assistant director with two of Africa’s legendary filmmakers – Med Hondo on Lumière Noire, and Souleymane Cisse on Yeelen. His short film The Devils Children (89) won a certificate of merit at the Chicago film festival. Ramadan is very involved in the film industry in South Africa and holds positions at both the South African Screen Federation (SASFED) and the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO).
Kenneth Kaplan wrote, produced and directed the international award winning cult horror film PURE BLOOD and produced the thriller SLEEPER’S WAKE which was nominated for seven SAFTA Awards including Best Film. He recently produced the feature film IMPUNITY, which received its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014. He has produced, written and directed long running drama series for local and international television including 90 PLEIN STREET, HARD COPY and the Emmy Award nominated SCOUT’S SAFARI which screened on NBC/Discovery networks in the States. Through his production company, Bioskope Pictures, he is producing multi-platform content for VICE Media, Vocativ and Live Nation TV and is developing another feature film for production later this year.
Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at Film Afrika Worldwide