DAMIEN BROWN (36)
CEO: NV Studios, Johannesburg and Cape Town
Despite having been the first CEO of a production company to make a reality show for DStv (Cream Cartel for Vuzu), the first South African CEO of a production company to make reality shows for the American market (Being Mandela and Real Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills) and to be brought to that country for a TV show created there (Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills), Brown wants to achieve much more.
Based in SA, but with a footprint in Los Angeles and London, NV Studios is similarly expanding its content reach, with its shows now available in 250 countries – and counting. “Our next big focus is on growing our American operations and strengthening our impact on the industry,” says Brown. The company now also has three big international scripted dramas in the works. Brown and his team aim to become leading producers of both genres. He says he’s learnt not to fear making mistakes in business, as these are the best learning experiences. What advice would he offer entrepreneurs? “Networking is an extremely important skill to cultivate in business – people make decisions, so get out there and make connections!”
“Our next big focus is on growing our American operations and strengthening our impact on the industry.”