Chief Executive Officer: National Film and Video Foundation, Ministry of Arts, Culture

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Khalipha Eddie Mbalo

Chief Executive Officer: National Film and Video Foundation, Ministry of Arts, Culture.

Eddie is one of a very few black industry professionals with extensive experience in the business of film and television.

He started his career as a young activist who wanted to use the medium of television to tell the South African story. He formed his own company in 1984 and worked as a freelancer for foreign agencies like ABC News, World Wide Television News and others at the height of strict media restrictions.

He was one of the main story producers for the anti-apartheid news magazine programme “South Africa Now”, broadcast through PBS in the USA in the late eighties. Through the United Nations Development Programme in 1989 he trained as a television engineer at the NHK Institute in Japan.
His popular social documentaries were aired on the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC), including “Maishe Maponya – A man with a conscience” and “Mosaic of South African Life – African Music and Dance” creating strong memories. He also produced the television comedy series “Flat 27”.

He then extended his business talents into corporate video where he made “AIDS - A Union Issue” for the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and “The Turn Strategy” for the government transport corporation (Transnet).

He is best known for his current affairs show, e.files, which he produced for 72 weeks on as the first head of current affairs for the fledgling station. In the industry associations he is known for his dedication, chairing the Black Filmmakers Association for four years and subsequently serving on the executive of the Independent Producers Organisation for three years. He was also a founder member of the Film and Allied Workers organisation.

Mbalo has been involved in industry governance for over a decade. He was part of the Jabulani Conference in the Netherlands that led to the establishment of the Independent Broadcasting Authority; the 1998 Stakeholders Committee set up by the Minister of Broadcasting for the drafting of the new Broadcast Act; the 1998 Local Content Conference and also consulted in the bid for the new commercial channel in 1997.

His work has been awarded by the Avanti Awards, the USA-based Genesis Award and the Newtown film and Television School.

He studied Business Management at Damelin Business College and has set personal and professional mission to be a part of the development of the industry towards sustainability and the achievement of South Africa’s national priorities.

Current Memberships & Affiliations:

Associate Director International Academy for Television Arts & Sciences (New York) – Emmy Awards

Member National Lotteries Distribution Agency for Arts, Culture & Heritage (appointed by the Minister of Trade & Industry, Mr Alec Erwin)
Chairperson South African Federation Against Copyright Theft (SAFACT).
Chairperson Sithengi (Sithengi Film and Television Market / Cape Town World Cinema Festival)

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