OUR PEOPLE

MEET THE TEAM

Urban Brew Studios has transformed substantially, since entering the television production industry in 1995. The ongoing evolution of the production house, which is 100% owned by Kagiso Media, has led to a fully inclusive management team that reflects South Africa’s diverse population. The eleven member executive committee is now made up of more than 70% previously disadvantaged individuals and more than 60% females.

Verona Duwarkah

CEO

 

Verona takes up the position of Urban Brew Studios CEO with immediate effect. During her 26 year career in the media industry, she has held various leadership positions at the SABC including General Manager of Strategic Projects between 2007 and 2012 and Group Executive of SABC Television between 2012 and 2016.

Gugulethu Gregory

Head of Facilities:IT, Systems and Broadcast Architecture

Gugulethu, who has more than a decade’s worth of experience with the technical side of media, joined Urban Brew Studios from the SABC, where he was Manager of Systems Administration. He has also previously held positions at popular radio stations; East Coast Radio and Kaya FM.

Joanne Lurie

Head of Creative

 

Joanne Lurie, who has been in the TV industry for 13 years, spent eight of her nine years at Urban Brew Studios producing 3Talk with Noeleen. Before joining the company, she worked on international formats, including The Weakest Link, The Biggest Loser and Big Brother.

Derek Wykes

Commercial Director

 

Derek joined the Exco team as Commercial Director after having worked as Account Director at Kagiso Media head office since October 2014. Before joining the media landscape Derek was Client Executive at Dimension Data and prior to that he worked at IBM for 13 years, having started as an Engineer. and moving up the ranks. and building strong C-level relationships.

Theunis DuToit

Head of URF(Urban Rhythm Factory)

 

Theunis has more than a decade worth of experience in the music & audio post production industry, working with various different local and international artists in the industry.  He took on the position as Head of Urban Rhythm Factory in March 2016 with the focus on music composition/production, music publishing and audio post production.  

Caitriona (Cait) Smith

Business Partner Finance

 

Cait joins Urban Brew Studios in a Business Partner Finance capacity reporting into the CEO and taking functional direction from the Group CFO of Kagiso Media.  Previous experience includes various roles with IBM in both South Africa and Ireland. Her last position was as Global Technology Services Risk and Compliance Manager supporting Middle East and Africa. She has a FCCA UK qualification.

Natasha Wadvalla

Marketing Director

 

Natasha brings with her over 17 years’ experience in broadcasting and over 20 years’ experience in public relations. She joined Urban Brew from Kagiso Media head office where she held the position of Group Head of Marketing and Communications since 2013. She has also held various key marketing and public relations positions at Primedia broadcasting.

Richard Tsai

Chief Operating Officer

 

Richard graduated from Michaelhouse and went on to study his Bcomm in accounting and finance from UCT and obtained his post graduate degree in 2006. He held positions at Kagiso Media and Deloitte & Touche. In October 2016 he took the position of acting CEO at Urban Brew Studios for a period of 11 months and has since been the COO.

Kenosi Lekaota

Senior HR Manager

 

Kenosi has extensive HR experience across numerous sectors. Prior to joining Urban Brew Studios she worked within the Kagiso Media group as HR Consultant for East Coast Radio. She has also held positions at Business Connexion and Old Mutual.

Adelaide Joshua

Head of Production

 

In 1995 Adelaide received a national diploma in Speech and Drama from Natal Technikon.  In 2016 she obtained a distinction in a senior management programme through Gibs Business School.  She was appointed as the executive producer of SABC 1’s YOTV in April 2009.  Adelaide oversees the scripted, unscripted and global divisions for Urban Brew Studios.