We Are EbonyLife TV
Africa’s first Global Black Entertainment & Lifestyle network.
EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first Global Black Entertainment and Lifestyle network, was launched on June 30, 2015 and began broadcasting on July 01, 2013 to a pan-African audience, by a license agreement with Multichoice (DStv) Africa, Africa’s largest Pay TV platform. The channel is distributed to 49 African countries, including South Africa and Southern African countries.
Ranked as one of the most watched channels on the DStv platform by our target demographics across the continent which consist of youth (aged between 18 and 34) and women, EbonyLife TV annually produces over 1000 hours of premium, original, and homegrown Anglo-African entertainment programming to include Talk, Entertainment, Reality, Comedy, Drama, Lifestyle, Factual, among others, of which 80% belongs exclusively to us. This makes us the largest self-owned library on the continent. Read more
CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Mo Abudu is a talk show hostess, TV producer, media personality, human resource management consultant and entrepreneur/venture capitalist. Mo is currently the hostess and executive producer of Moments with Mo which holds the pride of place of being the first-ever syndicated daily talk show on African regional television, a TV talk show program, founder of Vic Lawrence & Associates; she is also the Project Facilitator and Director of the Protea Hotel, Oakwood Park. She is the Chairman and Chief Executive of EbonyLife TV.
Lanre Olusola is Nigeria’s foremost Peak Performance Catalyst and Life, Mind and Health Coach. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, and an ASET, U.K certified Life Coach. He graduated as a Performance Coach from Europe’s number one coaching institution, The Coaching Academy, U.K. Lanre Olusola is respected nationally and internationally for imparting exceptional problem solving, motivational, inspirational, human developmental, leadership and management skills.
A renowned commercial strategist, Uzoma has over 25 years experience in the marketing and marketing communications industry and has been opportune to work with some of Africa’s biggest brands. He has consulted in Kenya and South Africa and delivered papers both in Africa and Europe. He joins the team with responsibility for commercial oversight.
HEAD, EXTERNAL RELATIONS
Jide Olaoluwa is a highly dedicated, result-oriented advertising and marketing communications professional who has helped build brands at different marketing focal levels – from corporate and retail communications to channels, direct marketing and CSR. He combines ability to operate at high-end strategic levels with genuine passion and determination for Nigeria and Africa.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, MEDIA SALES
Lawal Lanre-Idowu is a leading media sales expert with varying successes, having sold the biggest media properties in Africa. He packs many years of progressive responsibility within the media, sales and marketing communications sector spanning advertising, research, sponsorship and media sales. Comments Lawal: “I’m passionate enough that this is the next big thing”.
DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL OPERATIONS
Having been in the Television Broadcast Industry for over 30 years, Zac has extensive knowledge of various broadcast formats. His expertise includes national and international installations and conducting lectures in his field. Individually, he is passionate about his family, golf and music.
HEAD OF CHANNEL CONSULTANT, PROGRAMMING
Mark Sonnenberg is a veteran of over 25 years in the entertainment industry across multiple platforms on both the business management and creative programming side – from broadcast (local and network) to cable (basic and pay) to new media (on-line, video-on-demand, location-based) – many of which were successful start-up operations. He has been an integral part of the management and leadership of various channels and businesses – both large and small as well as corporate and entrepreneurial. Sonnenberg has acquired, developed and overseen the creation of thousands of hours of content and has an excellent reputation within the business and creative communities.
HEAD OF CHANNEL CONSULTANT, OPERATIONS
With an MFA from the University of Southern California and his BA from Fresno State Univ. Howard Bolter was the President and Chief Operating Officer for LATV Networks. Before LATV Howard served 3 years as Sr. Vice President of Network and Production Operations for E! Networks overseeing E! Entertainment Television, style Network and E! International. In addition, Mr. Bolter has served as producer or executive in charge of production for numerous programs distributed on each of the four major networks (ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX) and through syndication, with credits on over 50 different shows, including the pilot for the hit show “Seinfeld.”
DIRECTOR ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING
Sandra has produced programming for South Africa’s top rated shows on SABC2 and 3, high end broadcast design and on-air marketing strategies as well as a plethora of documentaries. She headed a digital media content hub, a web business and was the executive producer of DSTV’s Weather Channel. Her sense of adventure and love for travel has taken her to over 30 countries and 100 cities worldwide. She is driven by her instinctive need to trigger positive social change and uplift world-views on Africa.
STEPHAN LE ROUX
HEAD OF CREATIVES AND STRATEGY
Stephan Le Roux has worked as Creative Director and Media strategist in South Africa Television for more than 15 years. In 2002 he launched Eject Media, a new format, independent television production & broadcast design agency which counts all the leading South African broadcasters as well as a fair number of corporate and government institutions amongst its clients. He launched the successful youth channel Vuzu on DStv, worked on the identity of the FIFA World Cup, helped launching the Coca Cola 2010 logo and worked on SABC 2’s on-air World Cup campaign.
DIRECTOR, SCRIPTED PROGRAMMING
With 28 years experience in the film and television industry in South Africa and Africa and a proven track record in managing multiple projects with results-orientated approach to meet financial and production deadlines, Quinty Pillay is experienced in negotiating and facilitating the specific project requirements. She has worked on many award winning shows including Warner Bros (Feature Film) – “Red Scorpion”, “Great Africa”, “Jobman”, “Toothman and Killer”. A former Supervising producer on MNET’s Tinsel and producer for Endemol’s Malta Guinness Street Dance; Quinty is energetic, versatile and experienced.
SENIOR CONTENT DIRECTOR
Heidi Uys, is a seasoned television writer and director specialising in reality television. For the past decade, she has developed quality original content and directed award-winning international reality formats for broadcasters in South, East and West Africa. She will continue to develop and direct exciting new reality formats unique to EbonyLife TV.
A graduate of the National Film Institute, (NFI) Jos. He has numerous screen credits in cinematography, sound recording and design, editing as well as producer/director on varied productions. He has worked for CNN, BBC News, BBC World Service, Aljazeera International, DFID, MTVBase, MNeT, World Bank, just to name a few.
CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER
Ayodele Bashorun is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Auditor, Tax Practitioner, Financial Analyst, and Business Administrator. He was trained by Deloitte (Chartered Accountants) one of the big four accounting firms in the world. He has delivered first class audit and consultancy services to World Health Organization (WHO), United Nation Development Programmes (UNDP), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), in and outside Nigeria at various times, among others. He is versatile and experienced in managing financial and non-financial institutions. He has worked in various countries such as Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, United Kingdom, to mention but a few. He has the right experience and ideas to deliver first class service, and he is saddled with the responsibility to steer the financial ship of Media and Entertainment City Africa.