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Zanele Mthembu

Zanele is a broadcast and media executive and business owner and boasts over 25 years of experience in television and film production. She has diverse expertise gained through her work in local, regional and international markets and she brings a robust understanding of the business – from concept development to local and global distribution.

As the founder of Brown Panther Films, Zanele is committed to building local production capacity and a pipeline of industry talent in South Africa. She recently implemented a programme empowering young television graduates to strengthen their business, legal and financial understanding of the industry.

Zanele has served as a juror for the International Emmy Awards, Wildscreen Panda Awards, Guangzhou International Documentary Festival Awards and the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs). She is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network and serves on the Board of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).