Yolisa Phahle
Sean Brand
South Africa United Kingdom
2021

MultiChoice

Yolisa
Phahle

CEO, General Entertainment & Connected Video

Already known for pay-TV outlet DStv, MultiChoice is focusing on its Showmax SVOD platform, a local competitor to Netflix, ramping up film production and acquisitions as Phahle leads an explosion of genre films and series from African territories. At 2021 SXSW, its eco-horror film “Gaia” won the ZEISS Cinematography Award and was picked up for North America by Decal, while Showmax showcased projects at Montreal’s 2021 Fantasia Festival in August. Hugely popular in South Africa, Showmax Pro has live soccer airings from Premier League and La Liga. Multi­Choice local content has also expanded South Africa, with its scripted dramas reaching HBO, Fremantle and German pubcaster ZDF, while flagship channels M-Net City 115 and Vuzu 116 are merging to form Me for international programming.

Career

  • BBC
  • M-Net
  • MultiChoice

Education

  • Gordon Institute of Business Science (South Africa)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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TV Adaptation of Deon Meyer’s ‘Trackers’ Set as Africa-Germany Co-Production

TV Adaptation of Deon Meyer’s ‘Trackers’ Set as Africa-Germany Co-Production

Bestselling South African author Deon Meyer’s “Trackers” is being adapted for TV after African pay-TV heavyweight Multichoice teamed with German pubcaster ZDF to bring the thriller to the small screen.“Trackers” interweaves three story strands into a thriller spanning the length and breadth of South Africa and involving organized crime, smuggled diamonds, state security, black rhinos, the CIA, and an international terrorist plot. The TV adaptation will run to six parts and will shoot in and around Cape Town next year.Meyer will...

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