New reality TV offering: Top Actor South Africa


78819_tThe country’s newest reality show Top Actor South Africa is not only a springboard for upcoming actors, but international co-production is facilitating skills transfer to others in the industry.

The show, a collaboration between Urban Brew Studios and Viacom International Media Networks Africa, airs exclusively on BET, DStv channel 129, every Thursday. The show will see twelve up and coming actors battle it out on camera for the inaugural title of “Top Actor”.

CEO at Urban Brew Studios, Trish Taylor believes that because Top Actor South Africa is a competitive reality show that centres around acting, it is unique. She adds, “The show gives aspiring actors a platform to further cultivate their craft under the mentorship of the judges, who’re established industry veterans. It also creates a springboard into the industry by providing exposure through the show, which the contestants would not ordinarily have had out in the market.”

The show is also a co-production with international producer, Samad Davis, who is also the creator of the show. Partnering with Davis and an international team is part of a broader strategy for Urban Brew, which focuses on skills transfer and industry growth. Production manager on Top Actor South Africa Beverly Moubane says; “The hard work and learnings from an internationally diverse team have really empowered the whole team. Such productions further enhance our fast growing film industry and give us something to measure against the next time anything is filmed.”

Moubane believes involving film students in the production is also beneficial to the industry as a whole. “There is filming within filming on this show and Urban Brew was able to empower upcoming talent by calling on film students who have been excelling to be part of that filming,” she says. “In turn, both the established local and international crew transferred skills to those students.”

Alex Okosi, senior vice president and managing director of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa says; “We are delighted that Top Actor South Africa has combined quality production with the opportunity to empower and upskill the participants – both on and off camera – and to continue our long tradition of investing in the development of SA talent.”