DAMIEN BROWN (36)

Destiny Man - - ED’S NOTE -

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.”

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