The company creates employment opportunities for 15 to 20 highly skilled independent contractors on a yearly basis. We also provide mentorship and training to unemployed youth and female media practitioners.


Executive Producer

Sihle Hlophe

Sihle Hlophe is a SAFTA-winning filmmaker and a multi-degree earner. Over the last 12 years, her work has been recognised with a number of accolades.

Hlophe is an alumni of the prestigious IDFAcademy (the Netherlands), the North-South-South Student Exchange Program (Finland) and the Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Story Lab (Canada). Hlophe’s latest documentary film, “Lindela Under Lockdown” (2020), was the winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Cameroon International Film Festival 2021.

Hlophe recently directed a feature-length Showmax Original film titled “Pearls Of Wisdom”. Hlophe is also the director of “African Dreams”, a 13 part mocku-series that premieres on SABC 1 in October 2021. Hlophe is the co-producer of ‘Sadla’ (2020), the first narrative film by a black South African filmmaker to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (USA). Hlophe has written and directed two award-winning narrative short films that have been screened at over 40 film festivals around the world.

She is the producer and director of a feature length documentary, “Lobola, A Bride’s True Price” (Most Outstanding Documentary Project, Durban Film Mart, 2017); due for release in 2021. Over the years, she has worked as a scriptwriter and storyliner on award winning TV shows such as “Lockdown”, “Scandal”, “Mutual Friends” and “Broken Vows”.



Impact Producer

Nondumiso Buthelezi

Nondumiso is a three time award-winning filmmaker with 9 years experience producing content in the TV industry. She has worked on some of the biggest factual shows such as Talk SA, Making Moves, Kulcha Kwest, Relate and SABC1's SAFTA award winning youth show, 100% Youth, as researcher, content producer, script writer, insert director and subtitler.

She has experience producing content for live television; has extensive experience in interpreting briefs, developing new concepts, pitching, presentations, liaising with clients and overseeing projects from conception to completion.

She's a Talents Durban alumnus, a storyteller who believes in the power of the camera in bringing about social change.  Currently, she's a researcher on the award winning current affairs and investigative journalism programme, CheckPoint. She also writes for children's shows and manages the Lobola Documentary social media pages.


Financial Management Consultant

Ashillagh Marufu

Ashillagh has a Tax Honors and a Bcomm Accounting degree from Rhodes University. Following her graduation she entered the media industry, previous experience including several years at Endemol Shine Africa managing flagship shows such as Big Brother Africa and Fear Factor where she controlled large budgets for channels such as Mnet. Ashillagh has overseen multiple productions for many companies including Mnet, ZDF, HBO, UKTV, ZDF, BBC, TLC, A&E Networks and Discovery.

She has been key in the formulation and implementation of business strategy and operational leadership in the media space. Recent projects include Trackers a 6 part series for ZDF, HBO and its sister channel Cinemax and broadcaster M-Net.

Trackers is currently airing on Sky Atlantic in the UK and is being met with great acclaim worldwide. She also recently Executive Produced a special 5 part documentary series, Survival of the Species for BBC Studios and a slate of factual content with worldwide distribution through DCD.




Intern

Thato Phofu

Thato Phofu is a Freelance Film & TV Director, Writer and Creative Director and a 2x Cum Laude graduate with a BA degree in Film and Television from the University of Johannesburg and recently acquired her BA Hons in Sociology which she continues to study as she identifies it as a tool for how she creates films and artworks that empower, educate and entertain.

Stemming from her passion for arts and social impact, in her second year of film studies, Phofu directed and styled for a passion poetic short film challenging the patriarchal social norms called ‘Dear Patriarchy: Short Film’. In the same year, Phofu and her fellow student filmmakers won a Gold Assegai Award from the Digital Marketing Agency of South Africa for a social justice project on Autism Awareness.

In 2021, she developed her skills as a creative director and media consultant by taking on freelance gigs with music video directors, artist managers and venue/event managers to assist in curating the best brand reputation.

In the same year, she completed a short course in the Passion Seed Communication’s Film & TV Work Readiness Bootcamp and is more than eager to contribute to the creative world of South Africa and beyond, through writing and media skills, breaking boundaries and empowering through her art.