Rapid Blue makes senior appointment
Donald Clarke, executive producer and founder of production company, Lucky Bean, will be joining TV production company, Rapid Blue, as commercial director and executive producer. Clarke has been responsible for producing shows such as Masterchef SA, Survivor, Fear Factor and Girl Eats World, and has enjoyed SAFTA and IEMMY success.
Apart from creating content and show-running, Clarke brings expertise in the commercial side of the business and it is in this capacity as commercial director that he will be working closely with Duncan Irvine, Rapid Blue CEO.
“For over 25 years, Rapid Blue [has] consistently produced compelling content of a world-class standard,” says Clarke. “I was fortunate to spend my formative years at the company and thoroughly enjoyed the work and the company culture. In deciding to take up the position I am acutely aware that the world of production is rapidly changing. It is a topic I have discussed at length with Duncan and Kee-Leen Irvine and we have a shared vision for television and content in Africa.”
Comments Irvine, “We are delighted that Donald has agreed to join us at Rapid Blue as he brings deep experience of producing award-winning content in South Africa and across the continent, including some of the world’s most-recognisable formats as well as compelling, original shows and branded entertainment. Donald’s first job out of university was with Rapid Blue and so we have a long-established relationship with him. I can think of very few people other than Donald that I would like to have alongside me as we go out into the market to secure new projects and explore exciting new markets with clients who are looking to produce innovative content across Africa.”
Rapid Blue has produced a range of television series, including BBC Worldwide’s The Great South African Bake Off, Come Dine With Me South Africa and Strictly Come Dancing, as well as SA’s Got Talent, Is’thunzi, The X Factor, Four Weddings and Pawn Stars. BBC Worldwide invested in the company in 2016.