November 22, 2021

Rapid Blue appoints Mmabatho Kau as Head of Scripted

Rapid Blue, the multi-award-winning production house, announced today the appointment of Mmabatho Kau as Rapid Blue’s Head of Scripted.

Mmabatho will develop and drive Rapid Blue’s ambitions in Scripted content, from sourcing new business opportunities in response to the growing demand for high-quality local IP to delivering compelling content for local and international platforms and clients, in the newly created role.

Mmabatho brings a wealth of experience to the role, with over 20 years of experience as a producer, development executive and broadcaster. She has produced a variety of shows in South Africa, including a 26-part South African educational drama, Soul City 12 for SABC and worked as a script consultant on titles with significant box office success in South Africa such as the sequel to Happiness is a Four Letter Word – Happiness Ever After, Kalushi: the Solomon Mahlangu Story and Beyond The River. Mmabatho’s creative flair has also been translated outside of South Africa as a consultant on the award-winning Lesotho film This is not a Burial, it’s a Resurrection. This film was selected for the 2019 Venice Biennale College Cinema and won the Visionary Award at the Sundance Film Festival as well as Best Director Award at the Durban International Film Festival 2020.

Mmabatho has also managed an entertainment TV channel and led the original content department for a Pan-African satellite TV network (KWESE).  She prides herself on her commitment to the positive development, growth and sustainability of the African film and television industry, having worked as a consultant for REALNESS, a Pan-African writing residency where she worked with writers from various countries to develop their ideas into scripts. Alumni of EAVE and the Torino Script Lab, she has mentored in writing labs in Australia, Poland, Uganda and Ethiopia to name a few.

Mmabatho Kau, Head of Scripted at Rapid Blue says “I’m thrilled to join the talented team at Rapid Blue to develop the Scripted slate and unlock opportunities to bring compelling stories and unforgettable characters to audiences in South Africa and around the world.”

Ziyanda Ngcaba, Managing Director at Rapid Blue says “Following more than 30 years of producing award-winning unscripted content for African audiences, Mmabatho is an important hire to fulfil our ambition for growth in scripted. Rapid Blue has already seen success in scripted production, having produced two seasons of Is’thunzi for Mzansi Magic, with Thuso Mbedu, who received two iEmmy nominations for Best Actress. I am confident that with Mmabatho’s varied experiences and ability to craft and produce African stories that resonate globally, she will carve a new path for Rapid Blue.”

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