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Bobby Heaney appointed as Magic in Motion Academy director
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Tue, 06 Jan 2015 09:25
Kershnee Govender and Bobby Heaney

Award-winning theatre, film and television producer and director Bobby Heaney has been appointed as the Academy Director for M-Net’s Magic in Motion Academy, a CSI initiative which is aimed at developing talent as well as equipping participants with skills, knowledge and practical experience in the film and television industry.

In March 2015 the academy will see its first 12 students begin their year-long internship, learning from professional producers, directors, vision mixers, boom swingers and other specialists who work on reality television, sports, drama and investigative journalism shows. They will also have the opportunity to commission a programme by either conceptualising a television format or pitching for and producing a pilot.

Heaney, who is the recipient of five AKTV awards, four Golden Horn awards, a UNESCO Fellini award for excellence and four AVANTI Gold awards, says the initiative could not have come at a better time - for him, the learners and the local industry. He commented, “M-Net has invested R1 billion annually in local content creation and now the pipeline of talent is a step in the right direction for the industry as a whole.”

M-Net’s corporate affairs director, Kershnee Govender, adds “We are excited to welcome Bobby to the team. He brings many years of film and television experience, coupled with significant industry awards under his belt. M-Net, along with its support of highly focused broadcast partners and Bobby will ensure that our students benefit greatly which in turn benefits the greater industry”.

Heaney believes it is important for the learners to understand that as they enter the industry, they must accept the reality that their career path will gradually evolve into something different to their expectations, or even what they initially set out to do.

“The industry is growing at a rapid pace and the evolution of content has meant that roles and responsibilities have changed too. In my case, I am most proud of my ability as a performance director. I started as an actor, moved into theatre, directed theatre and subsequently moved on to acting, producing and directing in television. This is an amazing journey and I am so honoured that I will forever be a part of it for the 12 academy students,” Heaney concludes.


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