Yolisa Phahle
Sean Brand
South Africa United Kingdom



CEO, General Entertainment & Connected Video

The first female Black CEO of M-Net, Phahle now sits atop South Africa’s MultiChoice, owner of DStv, Africa’s leading pay-TV operator, and she continues to place her bets on local content. MultiChoice’s Showmax SVOD platform has emerged as a legitimate local competitor to Netflix throughout South Africa. In July, Showmax launched the streaming platform Showmax Pro, featuring live airings of Premier League and La Liga soccer matches, which are massively popular in the region. Battling Netflix, MultiChoice’s local content is also now gaining more of an international edge. Its flagship channel M-Net has launched scripted drama projects with HBO, Fremantle and German pubcaster ZDF. And Showmax recently announced two co-productions: the African epic series “Blood Psalms” with Canal Plus International and the action movie “Rogue” with Lionsgate, starring Megan Fox.


  • BBC
  • M-Net
  • MultiChoice


  • Gordon Institute of Business Science (South Africa)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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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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