New shareholders for Penguin, Paw-Paw Films
Juju Mafela – the middle son of the late veteran actor, Joe Mafela – has taken over his father’s shareholding in Penguin Films. He will be joining the production team as a creative producer.
“Penguin Films is a company that does amazing work and it’s my objective, coming in as a partner, to grow the company internationally by any means necessary,” says Mafela. “That was the conversation I had with my father, and as the company grows so, too, does his legacy.”
“It was always Joe Mafela’s wish that his son would one day follow in his footsteps and we are proud to announce that Juju Mafela is now a 30% shareholder in our company,” says Roberta Durrant, Penguin Films creative producer and founder. “I am delighted to have the succession. I have seen Juju develop over the years; he has worked with us in production many times and now we look forward to his input as creative producer.”
Penguin is currently in production with Arendsvlei, kykNET & Kie’s first original Afrikaans telenovela, which is on air from Mondays to Wednesdays, at 8pm.
Sister company Paw-Paw Films has also announced that Sheena Lee Hendricks will take up a 23% share as a new shareholder. She joined the company in 2013 and works on the business side.
“The sky is the limit, especially with Paw-Paw Films and the direction we want to take with our content. We want to also add a youthful exuberance that is up to date with the ‘now situations’ of our people; telling it like it is in captivating audio — visual and narrative fashion — allowing our audiences to view themselves in ways they never imagined,” says Mandilakhe Yengo, Paw-Paw Films director and co-owner .
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