Danilo Acquisto – video and audio specialist

Danilo Acquisto

Danilo Acquisto (he/him/his) is a busy body to put it lightly. He is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of online video specialist business and YouTube MCN, Special Effects Media South Africa and has had a 10+ year career in the world of video and audio starting from presenting TV shows like Hectic Nine-9, Afternoon Express and Win a Home and radio shows like the Hit 30 on Good Hope FM.

Then he ventured into producing for TV and radio wherein he invested all of himself into expanding his experience in the world of digital video. In 2017 he partnered up with an international YouTube MCN to build a local offering and has subsequently built that business over the last 6 years while investing his private time in the NGO sector and working with men and women living on the street in the Cape as well as various other social outreach initiatives.

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself and what your job entails on a daily basis. 
    Gosh! Ok let me start by saying I am a curious mind and busy body that wants to change the world. I was in TV presenting for 10 years before going full time into building and running Special Effects Media South Africa and I am sure I will be in the NGO space soon. No 2 days are the same. I am in constant meetings, building strategies, meeting with clients, paying bills etc and then closing off the work day with a walk in the park with the doggies and spending time with my incredible partner.
  2. How did your journey in the creative industry begin? 
    Would it be weird to admit that it started in Law School of all places?! I was always a creative in high school (head of the drama department, always playing instruments etc) but being ADHD the experts and my parents sent me for career guidance which then lead me to UCT to obtain my Law and Sociology Degree and while doing my degree Hectic Nine-9 on SABC2 auditioned me and the rest is history
  3. What are some of your career highlights? 
    • Getting to speak to 3 million young South Africans every day on Hectic Nine-9 was just such an honour and privilege and it was an incredible amount of fun
      Hosting some of the most inspiring interviews on Afternoon Express on SABC3 – a chance to truly flex my intellectual muscle
    • Being offered the Chart Show on Good Hope FM – I have always been a fan of charts and this was such an honour and still is
    • Seeing Special Effects Media grow from nothing to the business it is today with some of the most talented young digital minds and doing work that truly works and is inspiring
  4. What projects are you currently working on? 
    The big focus is to continue to grow our YouTube and Video Specialist business. But most people may not know that myself and a group of friends run a project for the men and women living on the street in Claremont where we bring a good vibe, great music, ID support and delicious food weekly and we’ve built a community of +100 people living on the street and we provide a chance for housed-people to meet those living on the street in an energising and dignified way that builds strong communities of mutual respect.
  5. You have worked both behind the scenes and in front of the camera – how important is it to understand both perspectives?
    It’s vital. On-air personalities have a view that they are the stars of the show and it can build quite an ego. That is until you see the work that goes into getting your face/voice on air and you suddenly realise that in fact you are part of a team with many moving parts – you are one of a whole. And your face/voice won’t be popular forever so what then?
  6. What do you think FAME Week Africa can offer the Pan-African Market?
    Access. There has already been an African narrative internationally of excitement and interest but when it comes to accessing the talent that exists here and the ideas, this forum provides access to the market in a way that Googling and Networking can’t. It’s access at scale.
  7. What do you think the future of the creative industries look like for Africa? 
    I am no futurist analysing trends but in my opinion I imagine it being segmented. Part of the industry booming as an export much like KPop did for Korea. But also partly an expansion of outsourcing. As soon as the world realises that there are incredible skills here and that these skills can be accessed at local pricing, far more creative work will be outsourced to Africa in the creative arena.
  8. What do you love about our host city, Cape Town? 
    Cape Town offers the best of everything. It’s a world class destination that is well run, is the creative epicentre of the country and is just brimming with cutting edge design, innovation, cuisine and more.

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