It was for Beverley Green that the title Über Executive Producer was created. Captain and matriarch of our enterprise, Bev is the consummate service provider with over 26 years of intense experience – more than half of which in the servicing sector.
Her standing in the local (and international) industry speaks volumes for her professionalism, integrity and depth of experience.
Joel is a twelve year-newbie to the film industry, having worked in advertising, marketing, finance and computers before he joined Gatehouse. He has grown from marketing manager to general manager and is responsible for the smooth running behind the scenes of everything other than the production. He is a walking book of film lore and loves to quote obscure lines from movies, usually in a bad accent.
A paragon of efficiency, our resident bean-counter started off his career in the Financial Services sector, but eventually found an environment that perfectly suits his un-suit-like persona.
After 12 years with Gatehouse, Maynu still believes our crew is a lot saner than his former corporate colleagues. “At least you guys are weird 24 hours a day!” Maynu explains.
It takes more than the average producer to get a McDonalds to turn off their neon signage because it was reflecting in the window of a dressed Burger King they were shooting.
… And that’s just the tip of Torben’s empassioned, determined approach to getting it perfect. But then, calling Torben “more than your average producer” is like calling Cape Town “more than your average fishing village”.
Where most people have hairstyles, Torben has anarchy. But inside the cranium, though, it’s pure order, focus, and professionalism.
He manages to seamlessly combine a calm, old-hand insight with a youthful enthusiasm that belies his twenty years in the industry.
“Tannie” Karin as we call her, is an industry veteran who gave Joel his first job as a runner in the film industry. With a wealth of experience Karin has joined Gatehouse as an in-house bidder for the past 6 seasons. We’re pretty sure that there is no-one in the local industry that she has not worked with and that there is no question that she has never been asked. What’s makes her really great though is that with a cheerful voice she can unlock any intransigent person and get what she wants.
Karla has worked for Gatehouse longer than anyone. Longer than Bev, longer than Olga. She started out at the front desk and is now an integral member of our bidding and production team. Her budgets are thorough, her demeanour is lovely and she is a dream to work with.
She is a documentary fiend and loves nothing more than to walk into the office to tell us all about the latest amazing find.
Keren has joined Gatehouse for this season after Navigator Films ceased operation. She is the latest member of our elite production unit.
Dean Kruger is a veteran of the industry having come to research via being a location scout. What we like about him the most is his attention to detail. It’s not good enough for him to just present locations, he has to manage the database, archive jobs, clean up servers, add metadata to location databases and that’s just before lunch. His approach is to over-deliver within the designated time allotted.
In short: we love him.
Denise Vermeulen and Jade Freswick:
Denise and Jade are the other two members of research. Denise is the senior researcher and Jade is our talented junior. Denise has been on and off with Gatehouse for well over a decade and Jade has been here for going on three years now. Both have a similar cheery temperament.
Laila is the person for whom the word “permalance” was invented. This is her 8th season with Gatehouse and at the end of each we bid her farewell to go off and do features around the world, but she always pitches up on our doorstep come September. Laila is a processing machine and is the engine room on which our productions rest.
Our newest member of staff is settling in nicely. She is our “front-of-house” being the first person that see when you come in and the voice answering the phone.
Olga, Phumeza and Grissel:
We’ve already told you about the soul food Olgie serves up daily in Casa Olga, with consummate talent and love. Grissel is Olgie’s right hand, and it’s her responsibility that the office remains spotless and orderly. Phumeza is the Gatehouse barista, elevating an already thriving coffee culture here to an art-form.
Mia is our office manager, who makes sure that everything in the office runs smoothly. That tray of goodies in our board-room, while you are on a conference call? Mia. The fresh towel and products in the bathrooms? Mia. The earth-friendly ink and the recycled paper in the machine printing your callsheet? Mia. The fresh, cold juice after a long, hot tech recce? Mia. You get the idea…
Wendy is our talent co-ordinator and joint office manager. Having just had a baby, she is now a full-time mom as well. While juggling these 3 positions occupies all her time, she melds space-time to help in the kitchen too (if you are lucky she will make her apple tart roses for you).
Jarrod Greybe and Vanessa Maling:
The two recent additions to Maynu’s accounts team bring the numbers up to 4. Being accountants by training, they both believe that they have landed in a UFO zoo. We are not disabusing them of the notion.