Word Of Mouth Pictures has appointed playwright and musician Mandla kaNozulu as the company’s new CEO.
The company, which produces SABC2 soapie Muvhango, announced kaNozulu ‘s, appointment in a statement on Thursday October 1 .
It also said kaNozulu who is also an author brings a wealth of experience to the company – having worked in the arts, culture, heritage and corporate sectors for decades including working for Diakonia Council of Churches, Committed Artists International and KZN Music House.
“ KaNozulu’s appointment comes at an important time as the company is celebrating its 29th anniversary.
Since its inception Word of Mouth Pictures has been a force to be reckoned with. The company has created award-winning shows including Muvhango, Imbewu: The Seed, Uzalo, Ingozi, and Soul City among many others including acclaimed theatre work,” the statement said.
kaNozulu said he was happy to be part of the company.
“I am thrilled to be joining Word of Mouth Pictures as CEO, particularly at this incredibly important moment as the company celebrates its 29th anniversary. My biggest vision is to future-proof the company by creating more stars and unleashing new talent. I very much look forward to the challenge ahead,” he said.
He adds that Word of Mouth Pictures will invite all media houses to join the crew and cast on shoots.
“We will be opening behind-the-scenes access to different media outlets. Our other vision is to support women in film and production to strengthen their skills.
We will continue building the craft from the grassroots level and unleash new talent as we going on. We believe in opening up the industry.”
Executive director and founder at Word of Mouth Pictures, Duma Ndlovu, said kaNozulu would pick up the reins at a crucial time as the industry is re-emerging from the Covid-19 epidemic break and restarting production.
“I have no doubt that kaNozulu will do a fantastic job of ensuring Word of Mouth continues its strong track record of excellence and supporting emerging and established talent.”