Nelson Mandela legacy series The Mandela Project makes its YouTube debut


“The Mandela Project,” a five-part documentary series on the legacy of Nelson Mandelawill debut on BET‘s youtube channel on July 18, the day celebrated worldwide as Mandela Day. BAFTA winner, chef and musician Big Zuu; international football star Patrice Eva and F2 football freestyler and Britain’s Got Talent performer Jeremy Lynch; “Blackish” star Marsai Martin; Miss South Africa and Miss Universe (2019), Zozibini Tunzi; and the new “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” Jabari Banks, will each explore a different project focused on a topic close to their hearts. You’ll meet the people central to making a meaningful difference in their communities in the UK, US and South Africa, with the whole story tied to the man who inspired it – Nelson Mandela. The series also includes unheard anecdotes and personal stories from Mandela’s grandsons, Ndaba.

The series is produced in Africa by Outstanding‘s international studio, VIS, via the YouTube Originals Black Voices Fund in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Shurwin Beckford is serving as showrunner. Nadine Zylstra is Global Head and Laurel Stier is Global Head of Unscripted Content, YouTube Originals, while Margaret Burris is the series’ Creative Lead.


British natural history producer Wildstar Movies has appointed Doug Mackay-Hope as Senior VP of Development and Manufacturing. Mackay-Hope was previously Head of Development at the BBC Natural History Unit, where he oversaw the series Big Blue Live and Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur. The appointment follows the recent appointment of Juli Porter, who joined Wildstar from her previous position as COO of Whisper, as COO; and executive producer Anwar Mamon, who joined Wildstar from the BBC Natural History Unit.


In the meantime, Abacus media rightswho recently acquired flame media, will retain the services of that company’s Content Sales and Acquisition Director at Flame Media, Fiona Gilroy, who will manage producer relationships and acquisitions across Australia and New Zealand and deal with financing models. Gilroy previously built and managed international content distribution businesses for Film Australia and SBS.


Elsewhere, James Mathews has been promoted from the Head of Business Affairs, Legal and Operations to the newly created position of COO at Beyond rights Finance Director Mike Ibberson becomes CFO. Pat Bruen joins as Finance Director, reporting to Mike Ibberson. On the Acquisitions team, Sarah McCormack is promoted from Senior VP to Executive VP, while Claire Runham has been promoted to Senior VP and Coordinator Hannah Rideout becomes the Acquisitions Lead. Aleix Catala and Elisabeth Bland on the Operations team are promoted to Director of Operations and Operations Executive respectively. Nelson Mandela legacy series The Mandela Project makes its YouTube debut

Charles Jones

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