Rapid Blue has appointed Mmabatho Kau to the newly created role of head of scripted.
In her new position, Kau will develop and drive Rapid Blue’s ambitions in scripted content, from sourcing new business opportunities to the delivery of compelling content for local and international platforms and clients.
Kau, who has more than 20 years experience as a producer, development executive and broadcaster, has produced such shows in South Africa as the educational drama Soul City 12 for SABC. She has also worked as a script consultant on titles including the sequel to Happiness is a Four Letter Word, Happiness Ever After, as well as Kalushi: the Solomon Mahlangu Story and Beyond the River. Further, Kau has managed an entertainment TV channel and led the original content department for a pan-African satellite TV network (KWESE).
Kau said: “I’m thrilled to join the talented team at Rapid Blue to develop the scripted slate and unlock opportunities to bring compelling stories and unforgettable characters to audiences in South Africa and around the world.”
Ziyanda Ngcaba, managing director at Rapid Blue, said: “Following more than 30 years of producing award-winning unscripted content for African audiences, Mmabatho is an important hire to fulfill our ambition for growth in scripted. Rapid Blue has already seen success in scripted production, having produced two seasons of Is’thunzi for Mzansi Magic, with Thuso Mbedu, who received two iEmmy nominations for best actress. I am confident that with Mmabatho’s varied experiences and ability to craft and produce African stories that resonate globally, she will carve a new path for Rapid Blue.”