Wednesday, August 21, 2019

TAC Studios running The Africa Channel appoints Mokopi Shale as senior development producer as part of its expanding Africa-team in Johannesburg.

TAC Studios, the production arm of The Africa Channel has appointed Mokopi Shale as a senior development producer as part of TAC Studios' expanding Africa-based team in Johannesburg.

The Africa Channel that broadcasts primarily in the United States, its production arm TAC Studios and its global digital streaming service Demand Africa, shows English-language content from South Africa and the rest of Africa including series, specials, documentaries, feature films, music, biographies and cultural and historical content.

The Africa channel has offices in Los Angeles and in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Africa Channel is broadcast from Los Angeles and is available in North America and the Caribbean, while its on-demand service is accessible worldwide on the web.

"“We are extremely pleased to have Mokopi Shale join our creative team," says Brendan Gabriel, vice president of production and the creative director.

"Mokopi Shale's expertise in book adaptation, scripted development and production in Africa is a valuable asset in support of our mission to raise awareness and export African-influenced content to the world."

"Mokopi Shale will be involved in all aspects of development, financing, production and global distribution. In addition, she will play a key role in acquiring multicultural content for Demand Africa, The Africa Channel's global over-the-top (OTT) platform."

"Mokopi Shale's appointment reflects The Africa Channel’s continued commitment to investing in talent in Africa, and her invaluable experience will escalate our ability to develop original content, identify books for adaptation, evaluate concept submissions and implement co-development initiatives."

Mokopi Shale says "I'm excited to join The Africa Channel. This is particularly exciting as it would allow me to work with writers and producers from across the world, to develop authentic and reflective representations of Africa for global audiences".

"I believe that with the rise of global streaming platforms and new methods of distribution there is a growing appetite for content that speaks to and represents Africans across the diaspora. I am always eager to learn, share ideas, and work with others to see what magic we can produce, and I believe this job will provide me with that opportunity."

Mokopi Shale who started as a radio drama actress in 1998 and worked for several years on-screen as a TV presenter made the shift to TV production after joining Ochre Moving Pictures, where she created and sold television and corporate projects for the company.

Mokopi Shale was also a commissioning editor at the South African public broadcaster she managed SABC dramas like Generations and miniseries such as Entabeni and Ubizo. Mokopi Shale then started Fuze Films.