Ziggy started out in the film industry in the early 2000s as a music video director for a number of big-name artists at the time including, Lebo Mathosa, Skwatta Kamp, Bianca Le Grange, Amu, Jozi and The Parlotones.
He went on to hone his directing skills as a multi-camera studio director on the hit daily series Isidingo and later on Rhythm City. Around 2010 he released two telemovies which he produced, directed and edited under his own company, Joziewood Films.
Both movies starred Thomas Gumede and Matli Mohapeloa, actors he formed a close bond with and continues to work with regularly. He still works a lot on music videos, now mainly for the pan African market with artists like D’Banj, P-Square, K-Cee and Diamond.
He also directs various television formats such as The Voice, Big Brother and the sitcom Soap on a Rope. Pop, Lock n’ Roll marks Ziggy’s first feature film, a logical coming together of his music and dance videos and his parallel experience in directing scripted fiction.
Mayenzeke Baza is the head of sales at AAA Entertainment, a film and television sales and financing company with offices in Johannesburg, Los Angeles and Lagos. He recently became a senior partner at Hoplite Entertainment, a Los Angeles based Emmy award winning television production studio which brings TV series productions to South Africa to reduce input costs and raise equity investment from the continent.
He is also the sole owner of Mandela Bay Pictures, and a co-founder of the non-profit company Association of Transformation in Film and Television (ATFT), which started the South African Indies trademark at international film and television markets for South African pavilions and delegations. In 2008, Mayenzeke won a pitching competition hosted by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and was awarded a course in documentary filmmaking as a Thomson Foundation Fellow in Wales.
There he made his first documentary film for Channel 4 in the UK, ‘The Smuggler I Met in Cardiff’. Mayenzeke has directed and produced documentaries for SABC and Al-Jazeera. He is also an ex board member of the Documentary Film Makers Association of South Africa, where he championed the development of a more equitable industry. Mayenzeke was selected in 2016 as one of Mzansi's 100 Innovators, a platform launched by The Young Independents. He was previously one of the Top 40 under 40 young business people in Mandela Bay, his hometown. Through AAA Entertainment, Hoplite Entertainment and Mandela Bay Pictures, his work stretches innovation in both production, sales and distribution across South Africa, the continent, and the world, and from TV and cinema to new mobile content.
Pascal Schmitz is the co-founder, executive producer and head of acquisitions at AAA Entertainment, a film and television sales and financing company based out of Johannesburg and Los Angeles. Recently he became a senior partner at Hoplite Entertainment LLC, an L.A. based Emmy award winning television production studio, bringing unscripted and scripted TV series productions down to South Africa to reduce input costs and raise equity investment from the continent of Africa. He is also the sole founder of Amariam Productions, as well as a co-founder of the non-for-profit association for African distributors and sales agents AAVDA.
AAA Entertainment is the only African sales company that represents local films at the Cannes Film Festivals Marche du Film and the American Film Market (AFM) for the past two years. Pascal has produced several feature films and documentaries for the local and international theatrical, DVD and television markets.
He has served as a board member of the Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA) for three years from 2008 to 2010, including one year a treasurer. He also served one year on the SASFED council.Amariam Productions specialises in the production of corporate videos and facilitation of media training. Corporate videos they produces include event coverage live and post produced, company profile or product introduction videos, training and induction videos.
Craig Bullock, DanceWeb founder and owner, is a Director on the board of SOUTH AFRICAN BODY OF DANCE (SABOD) and has recently been appointed as a National Examiner and International Adjudicator. Craig is the President of the StreetDance Schools Association and has pioneered the DanceSport School League. This association has been endorsed by the National Dance Federation DANCESPORT SOUTH AFRICA.
Craig has recently received his international dance adjudicators licence and is able to judge the following prestigious events:
World Championship and World Cup Dance Grand Prix The IDO’s European Championship International Dance Organisation competitions In 2002, Craig was nominated as South African Hip-Hop Coach and went on to manage the South African Team when they performed in Germany in October 2003.
He also regularly travels to all the provinces teaching workshops and helps to maintain a high standard of dance on an international level within our country.
Along with Mandy, Craig has worked on projects with the United Nations’ Children’s Education Fund and the Department of Education, using hip hop as an outreach tool to help the youth of South Africa deal with drug, gender, violence and teen pregnancy problems within schools.
At the IDO World Street Dance Championship held in Austria 2011, Craig won gold for Hip-Hop Formation choreography (reigning world champion). Since 2007, Craig has also achieved two silver medals and three gold medals in the international competitive dance arena.
On a non-competitive level, he also teaches Latin and Ballroom dancing.