Producer Member: A producer member shall be an independent legal entity (e.g. company, close corporation, partnership) principally engaged in, or pursuing the business of producing in the South African film, television, commercial, video or multi-media production industry, and formally carries ultimate responsibility for his/her/its productions; and which has a production history (i.e. has actually produced a finished product). Legal entities shall nominate one representative from that legal entity. The nominated representative does not qualify for any (other) membership category. The membership fee structure is based on the annual turnover of the company for the most recent tax year.

Individual Member: An individual member is an individual employed as an “in-house” producer by another independent producer or production company or a “free-lance” producer or “line producer”, employed from time to time as a producer Any number of individual members who are employed by an independent producer or production company, and who are bona fide producers, shall qualify for membership in this category. No person employed (not contracted or commissioned) by a broadcaster on a full-time basis will qualify for individual membership.

Honorary Member: An honorary member is an individual who, on the basis of his/her contribution to the industry as a producer, is invited by the membership to join the organisation in this category. Applications for people who feel they should stand in this category should accompany such an application form.

Introductory Member: An introductory member is a “new producer” (an individual or legal entity) who has not yet produced in the in the South African film, television, commercial, video or multi-media production industry.

Associate Member: An independent individual who is actively involved in the local production industry but who is not principally engaged in or pursuing the business of producing and therefore only produces, or pursues the business of producing on an ad-hoc basis (e.g. line producers, directors, editors, writers); or working in a related industry discipline; or an individual who is employed (not contracted or commissioned) as an “in-house” producer by a broadcaster. This category also includes producers who have been inactive and without production work for 6
months or more.

Affiliate member: An organisation or company which is engaged in or provides services and/or facilities for the South African film, television, commercial, video or multi-media production industry.

Student member: Individuals who are studying – undergoing training with a registered training institution.

If you’re stumped as to which membership option you should choose, please consult our Administrator Naomi Mokhele on

How to Join the IPO

Please complete this application form PRIOR to paying membership fees. All membership applications must be approved by the Executive Committee. Once your application has been approved, an invoice will be emailed to you for payment.

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Some of our Members

The IPO currently represents the interests of eighty percent of working producers in South Africa. We have a wide range of members, including

3LA2T F1LMS has forged alliances with all technical and creative crew and cast agents in South Africa & has long standing relationships with camera / lighting / grip rental and unit / transport service companies who ‘satellite’ their support of all our projects. Visit website »

Clive Morris Productions (CMP), established in 1988 by founder and CEO Clive Morris, is a fully integrated award-winning production company that caters for all aspects of creative audio visual communication.At CMP, a highly experienced team worksto produce work of the highest international standard. CMP sees every brief from “concept to conclusion with care”. CMP is firmly committed to empowerment, skills transfer, education and training of its previously disadvantaged employees. Visit website »

Community Media Trust, a not-for-profit media production company, has produced educational television in the fields of health, HIV/AIDS, education, gender-based violence and other topics of human rights and social development since 1998. Visit website »

Current Affairs Films is a South African Film and TV company based in Johannesburg. It was founded by two members, who were in political exile in the United Kingdom during the apartheid years: Jane Thandi Lipman and Beata Lipman. Ownership is split equally and the company operates with a black empowerment training and staffing policy on a project by project basis.

DO PRODUCTIONS is an internationally recognised film production company, which has played a key role in the development of the South African film industry. The company’s considerable experience extends to features films, TV films & series, and documentaries. Visit website »

Endemol South Africa was established in 1996 as a result of a merger between local producers, Toron, IFC and Dapple Films, and was then wholly owned by Endemol International. In 1999, KMMR- a black empowerment company bought 33 % of Endemol SA holdings. Visit website »

Film Finances provides financiers with a service that gives them an assurance that the film will be delivered on time and that the over-budget costs would not be the financier’s responsibility. Film Finances was founded in 1950, when producers of motion pictures were finding it increasingly difficult to borrow money because they could not show how they could meet overages. The founders of the company were film producers who knew there had to be a better way than mortgaging all they owned.   Visit website »

Get The Picture is an independent production company based in Cape Town, with an ongoing quest to tell engaging human-interest stories. The company’s output is high-quality South African films and television programmes that are entertaining, commercially viable and relevant to local and international markets. Visit website >>

Grounded Media is an independent, integrated communications specialist with expertise in the social development sector. We pride ourselves on being a flexible, thinking communications company, firmly rooted in the South African context and talking with South Africans. Visit website »

Light and Dark Films is an international award-winning feature film and television production company focused on development, production and financing. LNDF has produced five feature films and a host of television shows that have sold in more than 60 territories and topped television ratings around the world. The films have also won a slew of prestigious awards. Visit website »

Morula Pictures is South Africa’s pre-eminent, BEE (Black Economic Empowerment) compliant television production house. The company boasts credits that include: leading primetime drama, serial drama, feature films and children’s television. Mfundi Vundla, the sole shareholder in Morula Pictures is responsible for the number one television programme on the continent: GenerationsVisit website »

Ochre Moving Pictures (OMP) has firmly established itself as an award winning producer and developer of high quality entertainment and educational television.A wholly owned subsidiary of Times Media (one of South Africa’s leading media groups with interests in publishing, home entertainment, music, retail and film distribution) – Ochre Moving Pictures has been a key driver of cross platform initiatives for their parent company. Visit website »

Off the Ground Media (OTGM) was established as a sister company to the long running not-for-profit company, Community Media Trust (CMT). Together these two companies are creating a unique model for long term sustainability. The aim:  to supply affordable marketing and media production to small business in the commercial sector and simultaneously create social justice content and provide media training through the not-for-profit secto  Visit website »

Penguin Films and their sister company, Paw Paw Films have won several local awards for their programming. For example, in 2010, Penguin and Paw Paw achieved 7 local SAFTA awards for excellence in television production. Paw Paw’s legal drama series, Sokhulu and Partners, won best drama and was nominated for an International Emmy Award in 2009 in the drama category. Visit website »

Established early in 1983, PLUM PRODUCTIONS has been responsible for many hours of television programming. In the early days, accomplishments included the first ever coverage of indoor cricket for SABC Top Sport, and the first ever drama production (The Edge) shot entirely on Betacam in South Africa and a magazine programme series for BOP TV called Botswerere. In the 90’s PLUM PRODUCTIONS started shooting and providing facilitation for international producers working in South Africa, and continue doing so today.  Visit website »

Rififi Pictures: Robbie has worked in film and television, firstly as an editor and later as both a producer and a director for over 28 years. In 2013 after being partners at T.O.M. Pictures for 9 years, Robbie together with Akin Omotoso, formed Rififi pictures. For T.O.M. Pictures Robbie produced over two hundred hours of television and four feature films. Television includes the Emmy nominated comedy series Sorted and the award-winning drama series A Place Called HomeVisit website »

Spier Films is an award-winning production and finance company with offices in Cape Town, London and Reykjavik. We are part of a family-owned group of companies that includes at least 6 of the top South African insurance companies, two food franchises in 30 countries, a wine estate, hotel and conference centre as well as luxury lodges throughout Africa and India. Visit website »

Uga Carlini, President of Towerkop Creations is an award winning director, screenwriter and producer. Her extensive film career stretches over continents that include South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia and Fiji. Uga is a PUMA Catalyst Audience Award winner for her short ‘Good Planets are hard to find’, an ATKV Media Veertjie nominee for Zyron Films documentary series Sewe Sakke Sout and was voted one of SA’s most extraordinary women. Visit website »

UHURU Productions is a wholly black owned film and television production house with offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. The company Chief Executive Officer and founder is Rehad Desai. UHURU Producions has a wealth of expertise in the production and management of current affairs programming, documentaries, drama and non-broadcast productions in South Africa and Southern Africa, and is actively involved in the development of various feature films. Visit website »

Underdog is probably the first true, new era MULTIMEDIA and PRODUCTION Company founded on the cusp of a democratic South Africa. Formed in 1993, our 15 years of history is testimony to a stable production company, with a proud history of world class production experience, cross media skills, acclaimed reality and documentary shows, online presences, as well as real transformation and empowerment programs spanning back to our beginnings. Visit website >>