Tebogo Malope Joins JOJX for US Representation
Los Angeles-based production company JOJX has announced the addition of director Tebogo Malope to its roster for exclusive commercial representation in the US.
Tebogo Malope, also known as Tebza, hails from Johannesburg, South Africa. He has grown a reputation for being the voice for African narratives and now he enters the US market. Percussive and vibrant, his films rivet the viewer with richly painted iconic scenes and deeply felt humanity.
Tebza has received every award possible for his ads and music videos in South Africa – including Ciclope Africa, the Channel O awards, the SAFTAS, and the South African Hip Hop Awards (SAHHA) – as well as international awards including a Cannes Gold Lion and a D&AD Pencil. He was named as one of Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans and his commercial clients include Samsung, McDonald’s, Nando’s, Vodafone, Hunter’s Dry, Cadbury, SASOL and Coca-Cola and KFC.
Tebza’s passion for long-form storytelling is evidenced by the success of his debut feature film For Love and Broken Bones, which earned the status of most-nominated feature in South African film awards history, by both local and international shows. He earned Best Film at the Portland Film Festival, beating out 220 other films.
Tebza has just completed directing Africa’s first original Netflix series, due for release in 2020. His prior work for three different South African television series’ earned a joint viewership of more than 13 million per week.
Says Tebza: “I’m happiest when I’m telling stories, they have the ability to unite, intrigue, provoke, and create change to empower humanity. At its best, a story can do all. I couldn’t be more excited to be with JOJX and to move into a new space with the ability to collaborate with new creatives and agencies and to create work for a wider audience.”
Says JOJX EP and partner Jackson Morton: “Tebza’s style is fearless and his ability to express that vision comes from years of experience. His film and TV work capture a unique window into the soul and his commercial work is equally spirited and intriguing. Tebza is an extraordinary director who we feel deeply honoured to represent in the US.”