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18 May 2018

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South African Director Khalo Matabane Accused of Rape and Sexual Misconduct

 Film and TV director Khalo Matabane has been accused of rape and sexual misconduct in the first high-profile case to emerge in South African media in the wake of the global #MeToo movement.

At least half a dozen women have come forward to accuse Matabane, the acclaimed director of “Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me,” of sexual harassment and predatory behavior. Two women have accused him of rape.

Matabane has denied the allegations and begun legal proceedings against at least one of his accusers. In a statement provided to Variety, Matabane’s legal team said that the director “will not subject himself to a trial by media (including social media) by answering these allegations.” Read the full article on Variety here.

Rohan Reddy appointed as Head of Creative at FCB Connect

Rohan Reddy has been appointed as Head of Creative at FCB Connect with responsibility for curating the creative product of the group's affiliate agencies on the continent, particularly for clients and brands with a global footprint or a presence in markets across Africa.

Highly respected as both a leader and a creative, Reddy has 25 years' experience at agencies in several different African countries including The Hardy Boys, DDB, MetropolitanRepublic, Ogilvy Johannesburg and The Jupiter Drawing Room Johannesburg, Roots255 in Tanzania and MetropolitanRepublic in Uganda and Rwanda.

During this period, he worked on brands like MTN, Jockey, Carmel, Total, Bayer SA, Chalkham Hill Press, DStv South Africa, DStv Africa, SABMiller, Glaxosmithkline, Sun International Resorts & Casinos, Highveld Stereo 94.7, Nedbank, Emperors Palace Casino, KIA Motors, Jack Daniels, Airbnb, Bidvest, Prudential Investment Managers and Heineken.

As a freelancer, Reddy contributed to Vodacom, KIA, Windhoek Lager, VISA, Nedbank, FNB, MORE Safaris, and Dimension Data campaigns.

South Africa’s Sibs Shongwe-La Mer Tapped to Direct Cassian Elwes-Produced ‘Meridian’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Fast-rising South African helmer Sibs Shongwe-La Mer has been tapped to direct “Meridian,” produced by Cassian Elwes and Susan Carter Hall.

Based on an original screenplay by Henderson Hall and Karolina Waclawiak, it’s the story of a priceless Picasso that goes missing from a Nazi bunker after WWII, only to resurface decades later in the small American town of Meridian.

Shongwe-La Mer describes the film as “a beautiful ode to cinema” and “classic Hollywood.” “That Hollywood is the Hollywood that made me fall in love with films,” he says. Read the full article on variety here.