2021/ 2022 Executive Committee

Thandi Davids (Co-chair)

Email: thandi@ipo.org.za

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.

Quinton (Bertram) Fredericks (Co-chair)

Email: quinton@ipo.org.za

Quinton Fredericks is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, director and producer. In 2007 he won a SAFTA for the best Educational Documentary Series covering 58 episodes of 24 minutes each for SABC. With a career in the film and television production industry spanning more than 20 years, he has extensive understanding of the policy and legislative environment as it pertains to the film and television sector having chaired the Working Group on Black Economic Empowerment and Transformation under the auspices of the then Cape Film Commission. As a registered skills development facilitator, he has pioneered some of the most comprehensive and innovative skills development programs for emerging and underprivileged filmmakers and producers.

Wandile Molebatsi (Vice Chair)

Wandile Molebatsi is a South African actor and producer at Coal Stove Pictures. He started acting in the 1990s as a child including a stint as a KTV presenter and later starred as laid back tracker Blessing Dlamini in the M-Net soap opera The Wild, from 2011-2013. You might also recognize him from the South African mini-series, When We Were Black (2006). His early career in film and theatre was suspended for him to complete his studies in Drama and Film at Wits. Wandile is currently a producer at a wholly black owned television and film production company, Coal Stove Pictures. Coal Stove Pictures was the winner of the 2007 Business Day – BASA Award for Art Sponsorship by a Small Business and a finalist at the 2008 SAB KickStart Competition. Wandile is driven by creating Pan AFRICAN content that promotes #GlobalAfricanExcellence.

Sanjeev Singh (Vice Chair)

Sanjeev Singh has over 30 years of experience in film acquisition and distribution in South Africa. As Head of Acquisition and Distribution of Videovision Entertainment, he has acquired films across various genres for distribution in South Africa, ranging from small Independent Documentaries, Foreign Language and Arthouse films to multi-million Dollar Blockbuster films. Sanjeev has Executive Produced a number of motion pictures made under the banner of Videovision Entertainment, among which are Shepherds and Butchers, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, the Oscar-nominated feature film Yesterday, Red Dust, the hit comedies Mr Bones, Mr Bones 2 and Mama Jack, The Long Run, Barack Obama: People’s President and was Associate Producer on Bravo Two Zero, Sarafina! and Cry, The Beloved Country. His expertise in the film industry was recognized by former Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr Ben Ngubane with an appointment as a Councillor to the inaugural Council of the National Film and Video Foundation.

Khosie Dali (Secretary)

Khosie is a producer based in Cape Town, South Africa, the owner and founder of Miss K Productions. The company was founded with the focus of developing stories of black filmmakers and creating a safe space for emerging filmmakers to present their stories to a global audience. The main aim is to unearth female writers and directors. The company also offers facilitation for minority international co-productions and foreign production facilitation in South Africa.

Tshepiso Chikapa Phiri (Treasurer)

Email: treasurer@ipo.org.za

Tshepiso is the CEO and Producer at Known Associates Entertainment (KAE). She is a University of Cape Town Alumni, with 20 years’ experience in Communications, Events, Media & Marketing, TV and Film Producing. Tshepiso brings a seasoned eye to KAE. Her career spans from working in international events including the North Sea Jazz Festival and Sithengi Film Festival. She has also worked in classic advertising as a ‘Suit’. Her training ground was at Bomb Productions where she was the Associate Producer on the drama series Zone14. In 2008 she formed a boutique film and television production company Zing Entertainment and produced MTN’s The Beautiful Game a football documentary filmed throughout Africa. In 2018 Tshepiso founded Known Associates Entertainment with Dan Jawitz as the majority shareholder and Joel Phiri who is the Non-Executive Chairperson of KAE. Productions have included uBettina Wethu, the Universal Studios’ feature film production Beast, Sony Pictures’ epic feature film The Woman King sand ETV’s first EVOD feature film Atlantis (2021), The Umbrella Man and Wild Is The Wind.

Basiami Segola

Basiami received her BA Honours in Motion Picture Medium from AFDA in 2003 which led to her career as a sound designer in films, series and documentaries. She launched her career as sound designer and mixer on the 3 part miniseries, Homecoming. She has worked on several dramas for the SABC, documentaries and features. She was recognised for her work with a nomination for Best Sound Design in a Film at the RapidLion Film Festival (2017) for Noem My Skollie and won a SAFTA award for Best Sound Design in a Feature (2016) for her work on Hear Me Move. Other notable work includes being the sound recorder for the documentary unit on District 9 and the Netflix series Queen Sono. During her film career she studied towards a law degree and in 2019, she graduated with a LLB from Unisa. 

Beverley Mitchell

I’m first and foremost a storyteller. The art of crafting stories, using the medium of film, television and video, is perhaps one of my strongest qualities. I started working in the industry in 1993. I’ve worked as an independent producer, director and writer in film and television from 1996 – 2009, running my own production company from 1999 – 2009. From 2010 until 2019 I’ve worked as a freelance series producer, series director, director, supervising producer, creative producer, line producer, production manager, actors’ coach, trainer, lecturer, consultant, movie magic scheduler, scriptwriter and script editor. Her accumulative experience is around 27 years in the film, television and video industries. In 2019 Bev was appointed the Manager of Scripted Content at Okuhle Media in Cape Town, a position she still currently holds.

Cait Pansegrouw

Cait is a producer and casting director that has worked internationally for the past 6 years, a SAFTA-winner with work that has travelled to Sundance, Berlinale, Venice, Durban and FESPACO, to name a few. In 2018 she was included on the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans list. Cait is passionate about identifying and developing talent and together with her business partner Elias Ribeiro, founded Realness Institute, which seeks to foster a new wave of African cinema. She has also served as an expert and/or mentor in various labs/courses by London Film School, The National Film and Television School and The Ladima Foundation. Her work has been supported by public and private funding globally. INXEBA (The Wound), which she produced and cast directed, screened at more than 60 festivals worldwide, winning 28 awards, including 6 SAFTAs. It was also selected as South Africa’s official entry for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film in 2018, making it to the December shortlist of 9 films. Most recently, her feature film This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection, made through Biennale College – Cinema, and shot entirely in the remote mountains of Lesotho, was awarded the Jury Prize for Visionary Filmmaking at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Cait is a Durban Talents, Berlinale Talents, La Fabrique Cinema de L’Institut Francais, EAVE Producer’s Workshop and Biennale College – Cinema alumna.


Bradley Joshua

Bradley is the CEO and Executive Producer at Gambit Films. With a focus on Business development and growth through content, Bradley is the force behind the exponential growth of Gambit Films. During the last 5 years at Gambit Films, Bradley has Produced over 1350 episodes of television, the latest being Blood & Water for streaming giant Netflix and the much-loved South African daily drama series Suidooster. On the feature film side, he produced the critically acclaimed thriller i.e. Nommer 37 (Number 37) which had its World Premiere at SXSW and received North American distribution with theatrical releases in New York and LA. His latest feature, an action film called Indemnity, had its World Premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival in August 2021.

Luke Rous

Luke has produced over 250 hours of prime-time programming and 2 feature films over the past 15 years and specializes in executive producing long-form comedy and drama. Career highlights include a Rose D’Or nomination for best comedy series, Best SA short film at DIFF, screening at the Cannes film festival and the SAFTA award-winning drama series High Rollers which moved from a 26 part hour-long drama to a 300 part long running series, selling to multiple territories around the world. Luke has a keen interest in international co-production as well as seeing the South African Film and TV industry become a more equitable, fair and robust environment.


Marvin Saven

Marvin is the FInance Executive at Moonlighting Films. He joined Moonlighting in 2004 and was previously an audit manager at Deloitte in South Africa and the UK. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant who graduated Cum Laude on the Dean’s Merit List. Marvin is recognised as an industry expert in matters pertaining to the film incentive, tax structuring and financial management. He has overseen the processing of over sixty-five rebates representing more than R1 billion of benefits for foreign clients. He is also a co-production specialist and was responsible for the structuring of the first SA / UK and SA / France treaty co-productions.


Michael Auret

Originally a lawyer, having trained at UCT and worked as both a legal adviser in the Constitutional Assembly in 1995 and as a Parliamentary liaison officer for the South African Chamber of Business (SACOB) organising lobbying of MPs around bills that were interesting to business. A founding member of the National Constitutional assembly (NCA) in Zimbabwe, Mike ran the media campaign that defeated Mugabe in the 2000 referendum and also successfully challenged, and overturned in the Supreme Court, the Broadcasting Act of Zimbabwe, establishing the first private broadcaster in Zimbabwe. Mike 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.  Mike is responsible for the Spier Film Fund which has invested equity as well as gap finance and pre-sale loans in various films and established the Film and Television Finance Company which cashflows the DTI rebate for various productions. In 2012 he co-founded Etana Film Guarantors which was sold on to become Hollard Film Guarantors. Since 2009, he has financed and produced 26 films of which 14 were international co-productions.

Siphiwe Hlabangane

Siphiwe is an experienced television producer, actor and skills facilitator. He has worked with a number of leading television production companies and non-profit organisations in Southern Africa including Quizzical Pictures, The Embassy, Tulinane Entertainment (Windhoek), Young and Able, Oxfam GB and Heartlines. Most recently, Siphiwe has produced a NGO-funded Zimbabwean film titled Shaina, a telenovela for SABC 2 titled Lithapo and is currently in the process of wrapping up a yet-to-be-announced Netflix Series. His work experience has seen him work across the mediums of theatre, television and film in a variety of roles that have helped to capacitate him into becoming a well-rounded producer.

Rehad Desai

Rehad is a leading documentary filmmaker and has produced drama for TV. He    was instrumental in the establishment of SASFED, its first chair, a post he resumed in 2016. He was also one of the people behind the establishment of the Documentary Filmmakers Association. He has sat on the IPO Expo and chaired the body between 2016 -2018. He has a wealth of experience in representing these organisations over the past 15 years with an array of stakeholders, including the DTIC, DOC, DSAC, IDC, NFVF and is considered a leading voice in the TV and film industry.

Delon Bakker

Delon is a producer and co-founder of the film production group MANNEQUIN. He graduated with a B.A in Motion Picture from the AFDA Film School and completed the SEDIBA Advanced Producer program, which focused on International Film Finance. By the age of 33, he had already won a SAFTA (South African Film and Television Awards) and had been appointed to the NFVF Board (National Film and Video Foundation). His understanding of official international co- production treaties has proved an invaluable part of developing and producing international projects out of South Africa.

IPO Secretariat

 

 

Liezel Vermeulen (Administrator & Communications)

Email: administrator@ipo.org.za

Liezel is a highly experienced documentary film producer and creative project development specialist, starting her career in teaching television theory at Rhodes University in 2000. She has extensive experience in administering the DTIC Film and TV incentive for documentary, animation and live action projects and line produces on factual and documentary projects including Wildlife Odyssey which was 80 hours of nature programming, the biggest 4K delivery out of SA to date for Blue Ant Media, Canada. Career highlights include SA Story with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, working on South Africa’s first homegrown animation series URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika and two factual series for e.tv about the Bornfree generation. She is the communications manager for the Documentary Filmmakers Association of South Africa (DFA) and the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO).

 

Thlakanelo Mokhio (intern)

Email: tlhakanelo@ipo.org.za

Tlhakanelo joined the IPO Secretariat at the end of June 2021 for a year-long internship funded by the NFVF  “I am currently doing my masters in ICT policy and regulation with a background in political studies; I have however always been fascinated about authentic African storytelling. I am extremely excited about learning all about the business of TV production and legislation that governs this very intricate business,” says Tlhakanelo.

IPO in Action: Sub-Committees

  • Western Cape Deputy Chair: Quinton Fredericks
  • KwaZulu Natal Deputy Chair: Sanjeev Singh
  • Gauteng Deputy Chair: TBC
  • Eastern Cape Deputy Chair: TBC

Broadcast and Department of Communications (includes AV Policy Framework)

Co-chair: Luke Rous, Co-chair: Katleho Ramaphakela, Carolyn Carew, Zandre Coetzer, Thandi Davids, Roberta Durrant, Nimrod Geva, Siphiwe Hlabangane, Jane Thandi Lipman, Mpho Ndaba, Jason Staggie, Scharl van der Merwe

Communications

Chair: Basiami Segola, Thandi Davids, Trish Downing, Khalid El Jehlalti, Lauren Clifford-Holmes, Cameron Lawry

Diversity and Skills

Chair: Wandile Molebatsi, Khosie Dali, Thandi Davids, Ingrid Martens, Kalumbu Kapisa, Bradley Joshua, Tshepiso Chikapa Phiri, Quinton Fredericks, Calvin Sefala, David Max Brown, Deidre Rosenberg, Mike Auret, Cait Pansegrouw, Sanjeev Singh, Lauren Clifford-Holmes. Dr Avril Kinsey, Lizette Khan, Siphiwe Hlabangane

DTIC and Department of Labour (includes Copyright, IP)

Marvin Saven, Basiami Segola, Beverly Mitchell, Cait Pansegrouw, Carolyn Carew, Khosie Dali, Luke Rous, Mike Auret, Nimrod Geva, Rehad Desai, Thierry Cassuto, Quinton Fredericks, Vlokkie Gordon, Wandile Molebatsi, Nilesh Singh, Robert Naidoo, Tshepiso Chikapa Phiri, Delon Bakker, Bradley Joshua

National Film and Video Foundation

Chair: Beverley Mitchell, Cait Pansegrouw, Khosie Dali, Mark Engels, Mike Auret, Wandile Molebatsi, Lizette Khan, Siphiwe Hlabangane, Tshepiso Chikapa Phiri, Cameron Lawry, Kalumbu Kapisa, Sanjeev Singh

Capacity Building and Fundraising

Trish Downing, Khosie Dali, Thandi Davids, Quinton Fredericks, Cait Pansegrouw, Sanjeev Singh, Lauren Clifford-Holmes, Cameron Lawry, Kalumbu Kapisa, Tshepiso Chikapa Phiri.