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Monde Twala joins Viacom International Media Networks Africa

Respected TV executive Monde Twala is to join Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, Viacom’s pan-African multimedia entertainment network. The news was announced on 4 March by Alex Okosi, senior vice president and managing director, VIMN Africa.

Twala, formerly managing director, e.tv channels, will take on the newly created role of vice president: BET, Youth & Music at VIMN Africa. In this role, he will be responsible for driving the growth and development of BET, MTV, MTV Base, and VH1 across Africa.

Commented Alex Okosi: “Monde’s proven track record, wealth of knowledge and diverse skills will add great value to our business, entrench the value of our BET and Youth & Music brands, and accelerate the introduction of new brands and products across our portfolio. As we continue to build our business across the continent, Monde’s deep understanding of audiences and his all-round expertise of driving a diverse, multi-channel network will help us achieve our goal of being Africa's pre-eminent multimedia entertainment company.”

Twala joined e.tv as a sports producer in 1999 and was appointed group head of e.tv in 2009 before his latest position as managing director of the e.tv channels in 2014. Twala spearheaded the launch of five additional e.tv-branded channels for the free-to-air OpenView HD satellite platform in 2013. He also played an integral role in creating a number of the channel’s flagship local brands, including the highly- rated daily drama Rhythm City and more recently the much talked about telenovelas Ashes to Ashes and Gold Diggers.
Source: Screen Africa 8 March 2016

South African director to helm Hollywood action film

Director and writer Donovan Marsh, responsible for bringing South Africas favourite schoolboy to life on the big screen in the first two Spud films, has been chosen to direct his first Hollywood film, Hunter Killer, starring legendary character actor Gary Oldman and action movie hero Gerard Butler.

Marsh is a fixture in the South African film, television and media industry, having directed a number of commercials and television productions, including the Class Act acting reality show. Feature films, though, are his first love and where he has gained his most success. His first film, the Safta-winning Dollars and White Pipes, was an action-packed South African gangster drama. It gained a cult following in South Africa.

He also directed and scripted the first two Spud films, bringing John Milton, the lovable but awkward hero of John van der Ruits popular book series, to wider local and international audiences.

And now Hollywood has come calling, selecting Marsh to direct Butler and Oldman in an action thriller about an American submarine commander sent deep into Russian waters to save the elected Russian president in the midst of a military coup. The film begins shooting in London in July 2016.

Marsh follows other prominent South African directors working in international mainstream cinema, including Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Wolverine), Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) and Jann Turner (TVs Castle, Teen Wolf).