Production Team

List of production team [credit roll as seen on TV]

Neo Matsunyane (Director)

Neo Matsunyane’s vast and diverse experience in entertainment includes acting, voice-over work, as well as directing for film and television. Neo trained as completed a script analysis course at Pretoria Technikon and the Hollywood Film Institute Course by Dov Simens and was a full-time professional actor for several years before gravitating towards producing and directing - so drama is his first love. He has appeared in more than 20 television productions, taking the lead role in eight of them. These include Mmalonya 1 & 2, Kgweetsa, Class of ’92, Getting it Together, On the Right Track, Vusi the Voter, Maitemogelo and Kelebone.

He also took part in TV commercials and corporate videos for some of the country’s biggest retail brands like Dion Stores, Edgars, Standard Bank and Pick ‘n Pay as well as SABC TV Licence ads. On the presenting front, Neo has taken the lime light for programmes like The Toasty Show (E-TV), Turn on to English and the Five Roses Quiz.

Neo has directed 39 television series, comedies, documentaries corporate videos and reality shows and infomercials. He has also produced numerous commercials for corporates and has also directed several corporate videos, infomercials and in-house communication videos. He was nominated for SAFTA’s Golden Horn Award - Best Director in a Drama Series for Mzansi in 2006

Akin Omotoso (Director)

Akin Omotoso is one of a new breed of young talented black actors and directors who are making inroads into small, selective film industry. He won the Standard Bank Artist of the year award 2007. 30 years old, Akin made his acting debut on stage at the University of Cape Town’s Drama School. He has appeared in productions such as Isidingo on SABC 3, Big Oakes and most famously on Generations where he became a household name. In 2000 he wrote, directed and produced his debut feature film God Is African. In 2003 he started T.O.M. pictures together with Kgomotso and Robbie and has since Produced and Directed film & television content like Nomzamo (sit-com sabc1) Gathering the Scattered Cousins (documentary selected for the Toronto film festival) Rifle Road (short film selected for the Cannes film festival)

Chisanga Kabinga (Director)

Chisanga Kabinga is a UCT graduate who has written for different formats.

It was at the beginning of 2003 that she first entered the foray of TV writing. She was one of the top 10 finalists of the SASWA/Generations led initiative to find new writing talent and grow it. Chisanga went on to work as one of the junior writers and story liners on the Generations team for almost two years. She also worked as an online writer and content developer for Big Brother Africa.

In the last two years, Chisanga has developed her writing portfolio to include television drama and has worked on Soul City, and more recently Tsha Tsha.

She is currently working as a junior story liner and senior writer on Muvhango series 7, and also writing for a newly commissioned youth drama series, Sweat and Chalk.

Chisanga has also recently written for Hard Copy, and is currently on the writing team of an upcoming commissioned mini series, Ubizo. In 2006, Chisanga wrote and directed a short student film. She also conceptualised and directed a mini student documentary called Whose Ass Is It Anyway, which she hopes to develop into a full-length documentary.

Later that year, Chisanga also wrote for a new drama series currently on SABC 1 called A Place Called Home. She had the additional privilege of directing one of the episodes.

Kgomotso Matsunyane (Producer)

Kgomotos Matsunyane graduated with a major in International Relations from Carleton College in Minnesota, U.S.A. She interned with the Washington offices of the BBC before taking on a full time position with the CBC as a line feeds recordist. On her return to South Africa, she worked extensively as a documentary director and producer, making her mark with such pieces as "The Moon in My Pocket", "Sins of the Father" and "Heavy Traffic"- a STEPS for The Future film which was nominated for an award at the Banff Rockies Festival in Canada. Heavy Traffic has also been screened at April 2002, the 21st Festival International Film du d'Amiens in Paris November 18th 2001, World Summit - JHB, 2002. FESPACO 2003. Kgomotso directed several inserts for the award winning "Takalani Sesame". She was also a writer on the second series of Yizo Yizo, and has experience producing drama. From 2001 – 2003 she was employed as a drama-commissioning editor for SABC 1, during which time she oversaw the production of over 500 hours of local drama for the channel. After a stint at editor O magazine she is back at T.O.M. pictures and producing the multi-award winning children’s educational series Soul Buddyz.

Robbie Thorpe (Producer)

Robbie has worked in film and television, firstly as an editor and later as both a producer and a director for over 20 years. After studying Film Production at the Pretoria Technicon, he lived and worked as an editor in London for four years. After returning in 1990 he worked mostly on international feature films and local and international documentaries he quickly gained a reputation as one of the finest editors around. Looking for new challenges Robbie has gone on to become a Producer working in television, film and commercials. For T.O.M. Robbie has produced the multi award winning feature film Gums & Noses and is currently developing ‘In the Shadow of a Saint’ a South Africa/Canada co-production starring Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond). Recent television includes the comedy series Sorted and the drama series A Place Called Home.

Nomsa Dladla (Soul Buddyz - Project Manager)

Nomsa Dladla has already accumulated 10 years of experience in media and communications. Starting out as a volunteer for a community radio station, she became a producer and programmes manager. At Vukela productions she worked as a researcher, scriptwriter, voice over artist and radio and television producer. She was then selected for training by the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism as a freelance trainer for their Community Radio Training Project.

Some of Nomsa’s productions include talk shows for the Independent Electoral Commission Voter Awareness as well as a number of radio training programmes such as Creative Writing for Radio. In addition to project managing for Soul Buddyz 2 and 3 her experience in producing for television includes We Care – an Aids awareness programme for SABC School TV and At the End of the Tar Road, a corporate documentary. Her own writing, a story entitled His Mother’s Son was published in Drum Magazine and is currently undergoing as script editor with the National Film and Video Foundation for television and screenplay.

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