With over 29 years in television, South African, Warren Bleksley, has worked on Africa’s biggest live shows, game shows and reality shows as a director and producer, sometimes with dual roles.
Notable projects as Technical Director from 2018, include: South African Music Awards, Survivor South Africa Philippines and Robinson Fiji (Swedish version of Survivor) and Big Brother Nigeria. He was the Live Show Director for The Voice Nigeria. He was the General Manager of the acclaimed Bladeworks Post Production Facilities.
Warren has worked extensively throughout Africa and has a network of clients and partners in Nigeria, Mauritius, Ghana, Zambia and Kenya. He is considered a prominent and highly regarded senior television executive in
Africa and continues to be at the forefront of technology.
Q&A with Warren
How did you start in the industry?
I started in post production before becoming a TV director. Post production has remained my base but I have also been a multicamera director of entertainment shows and live shows since 1998. I have created and directed numerous reality and entertainment shows for television for the past 25 years.
What does your typical work day look like?
My typical day depends on which phase of production I am working on. It is not uncommon to shoot on one day and be in the edit suite the next day. As long as I have my laptop and an internet connection, my day can move around.
What do you think FAME Week Africa can offer the Pan-African Market?
My opinion is that there are always new opportunities around a crisis. The pandemic is a major crisis that has caused the current order and status quo to change. This crisis will allow new players to shine and old players to pivot, so an event like FAME Week Africa can connect those new opportunities.
What do you think the future of the creative industries look like?
The future is bright as content is now king. Content creators now have many different platforms to showcase their content. The internet of things and the use of mobile phone devices makes everything so interconnected that content can change, be reversioned and so migrate across various platforms to reach as many audiences as possible. Creative industries can now exploit the many directions their creative content can be distributed to. Brands are also looking for new ways to connect with consumers, and curated content is one of the ways to connect businesses to consumers.
With FAME Week Africa being hosted in the Mother City, what do you love about Cape Town?
Cape Town always delivers as a preferred destination for all Africans. The beauty and efficient infrastructure always assures a successful event.