Okuhle International, a subsidiary in the Okuhle Media Group, Cape Townâ€™s award-winning media and production company, will play host to the semi-final round of judging the Europe, Documentary Category for the prestigious International Emmy Awards taking place in November this year.
â€œIt is an honour, and a true privilige, to be involved with the Emmys again this year, and partiuclarly to be hosting an event of this magnitude,â€ said Louise McClelland, Managing Director of Okuhle International. Â Louise has more than 25 yearsâ€™ experience across South Africaâ€™s film and media industries and is no stranger to this process. As member of the International Emmys she has participated as a judge a number of times and will be leading the Judging process on Thursday 12 July 2018.
â€œSouth Africa has a long history of holding its own amongst international players,â€ continues McClelland. â€œHosting this yearâ€™s Europe, documentary semi-finals is particularly exciting due to the high calibre of documentary skills available in South Africa. As weâ€™ve seen in 2015, the South African produced documentary, â€˜Miners Shot Downâ€™ was awarded the coveted Emmy in the documentary categoryâ€
Taking place on Thursday, at Cape Townâ€˜s upmarket Pepper Club Hotel and Spa, this years adjudication promises to be a Â quality and seamless event. With preparation having begun months ago, McClellandâ€™s first responsibility was to coordinate and secure an experienced and highly qualified judging panel. â€œConfidentiality is key,â€ stresses McClelland, with each juror literally sworn to secrecy ahead of the actual International Emmy Awards in November. It is Okuhleâ€™s intention to continue to reflect the Emmys in the prestigious light in which it is held.â€
When McClelland visits New York later this year as part of the South African delegation to the awards ceremony she will continue to shine the spotlight on both, Okuhle Media and its international footprint, as well as the South African film and media industry as a whole.â€
â€œThis is not the first time that the Emmys has chosen South Africa as a location for various aspects of its judging process,â€ concluded McClelland. â€œThat they choose to return, time and time again, is testimony to how highly regarded our local industry is by the global community.â€