Production Team

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

Dumisani Phakathi (Director)

Dumisani Phakathi joined Urban Brew, a Johannesburg based TV Production Company as a trainee director in 1995, swiftly moving into theatre and later television. In 1999 when he was accepted for the M-Net New Directions Competition he followed up with his directorial debut of An Old Wive's Tale, which won several South African television awards. His first documentary, "Rough Ride", previewed at the end of 1999 to international acclaim, charting the evolution and sub-culture of South African minibus taxis. Over the years as both director and producer, Dumisani has worked with major international broadcasters like BBC, ARTE, YLE, SABC, M-NET, TV 2 Denmark and his latest film, premiered at the prestigious IDFA festival in Amsterdam. Dumisani’s accolades for film include the Mannie van Rensburg Award for Excellence, a Best Director Avanti Award, the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Film and Best Director, Durban International Festival. Among his international awards are Best Director, Montecatini Film Festival, Italy.

Vesko Mrdjen (Executive Producer)

A blend of English, Spanish and Yugoslav, Vesko Mrdjen moved to South Africa in 1993 to escape the war in his Yugoslavian homeland, leaving behind an established career in television. From 1994 to 1996 he produced for Six Street Studios in Cape Town moving to Rapid Blue in Johannesburg in 1997 to take up the position of programming development manager. Here he created several programming concepts for M-Net like Live@Five and the Camel Trophy Challenge. In 1998 he became the executive producer of Newsforce Africa, Johannesburg, a subsidiary of Newsforce UK, the world’s largest satellite and news programming facilitator. Moving to Peo Productions in 1999 he developed, produced and directed Off the Pitch and Africa Talks for SABC3 and SABC Africa respectively. Now with Word of Mouth Productions, he produces for Soul City and Muvhango.

Greg Latter (Scriptwriter)

Greg is a veteran South African film-maker who has plied his trade both locally and overseas. As a writer he has had over sixteen feature films and hundreds of hours of television produced. He is also a well-known actor with over twenty feature film credits to his name, including playing the lead role in “The Stick.” His most recent feature films include Forgiveness, which garnered several local awards including Best Film at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. He also co-wrote Wooden Camera, Max and Mona and Mr Bones all of which achieved high accolades. Greg’s television focus has been Soul City, where he has been head writer for the past seven years.

Lusiwe Lucille Tugwana (Line Producer)

Completing a diploma in Media Studies at RAU University Lusiwe Tugwana began her career as a production assistant on Yo-TV with Urban Brew Studios, moving to Gumba Gumba Films. She directed Inside Info, a youth programme for SABC 1 and worked as an online editor for Pula and Friends, also SABC 1. In 1998 she made the move to radio, becoming a news reporter for Yfm but soon returned to television taking the position of production manager for SABC 3’s InStyle with Saira Essa productions. Her work with children’s programming kicked off in 2001 when she joined Delapse Design & Animation (Pty) Ltd), managing productions for Starmaths on Channel 4 (UK) and for Animated Tales on SABC. In 2003 she redeveloped the Tube brand refining both target audience and programming within the R1,2 million budget, to ensure its viability. In 2004 she joined Word of Mouth Productions becoming a line producer for Mponeng and as of 2005 she is a line producer for Soul City.

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