The Entertainment Talk is a series of live talks that provide insight into various aspects of the entertainment industry with an aim of sharing knowledge and empowering the yearning creative by exposing them to often niche sectors of the industry. Hosted at The Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in partnership with Credipple.

ET #1 – Webseries Edition

Host: Sibusiso Manentsa – Co-Founder of Credipple.

The creatives behind some of Mzansi’s highly acclaimed web-series breakdown the format and its importance, and the power a web series provides the aspiring creative in our ever changing entertainment industry. The talk featured speakers from all aspects of the production value chain from directors and actors to writers and festival content curators.

Panelists:

Lungelo Mdlalose – Producer/Director of the award winning Thesha

Zigi Ndlhovu – Director/Lead Actor of web-drama Love: The Webseries

Nono Mofokeng – Producer of the web-drama Bold Girls

Tetelo Nhlapo – Director of web-comedy One vs. 1

Yalezo Njuguna – Director/Writer of web-comedy Pride and Petty/Broke Ass Showcase Content Curator

ET #2 – Music Video Edition

Host: Sibusiso Manentsa – Co-founder of Credipple.

The creatives behind some of Mzansi’s most engrossing music visuals are on board to breakdown the space and its importance. Our panel will include speakers from all aspects of the production value chain from music video directors and producers to the minds behind some of the best music programming shows in Mzansi.

Panel Speakers:

Tim Horwood – Previous Brand Head of MTV Base Africa, and an award-winning creative director behind projects like Coke Studios Africa.

Mohau Mamafha – 2x SAMA Nominated Music Video and Radio Producer. Notable Works: Shane Eagle’s Yellowverse, Priddy Ugly’s Tshela and 02Hero.

Ofentse Mwase- SAFTA Winning Cinematographer, Filmmaker and one-half of the OM Films Brand. Notable Works: A-Reece’s Feelings, Kwesta’s Vur Vai and Fifi Cooper’s Take Me Back.

TeeKay Nyepere – Internationally acclaimed commercials and music video director. Notable Works: Mr. Eazi’s Leg Over and Wizkid’s Heartbeat

Chaz Dunn – Ganja Beatz Music Video Director and Yo! MTV Raps scriptwriter.

ET #3 – Acting Abroad

Host: Sibusiso Manentsa – Co-founder of Credipple

From Bollywood to Hollywood there’s a growing appetite for our acting talent abroad. This talk dived into that world,┬áthe trials, tribulations and triumphs that come with it logistically and creatively. What is it like being a South African thespian abroad? Our panel included actors and creatives with different experiences being overseas within different types of production.

Panel Speakers:

Shonisani Masutha – Lead Actress in Mehek, Zee World’s first production with an African cast.

Thabo Rametsi – Award-winning actor and filmmaker known for playing roles such as Kalushi with international roles on productions like Homeland.

Nick Soul – SAFTA and SAMA Nominated Actor/Singer whose highlights include playing The Lion King‘s Simba on The West End and starring in films like Love By Chance.

Nomava Kibare – Veteran Actress and broadcaster having had lead roles in Soul City and Mehek.

This talk was in partnership with the National Film and Video Foundation

ET #4 – New Media Edition

Host: Sibusiso Manentsa of Credipple.

From the growing voices within Podcasting and YouTube Commentary to the rise in multimedia digital publications using apps, websites and Whatsapp networks, media is diversifying in its reach, approach and demographic. This talk explored the landscape of digital media, its promise and current pitfalls as we move to a more a digitally accessible South Africa.

Panel Speakers:

Sive ‘The Black Rose’ Nkukwana – One of local TV’s premier content producers and the Editor-in-Chief of online publication, The Black Rose Factory.

Sibu Mpanza – Pioneering YouTuber and digital Entrepreneur turned multi-media personality and brand.

DJ Sabby – Trailblazing Radio Personality and all-round Entertainer. Host of YFM’s The Best Drive, and Creator of #TheBestLifeTV Podcast.

Pretty Mangena – Trailblazing Documentary Filmmaker and Editor-in-Chief of Digital Magazine, iQhawe.

This talk was in partnership with the National Film and Video Foundation