In a world of cluttered messages and endless choice, it is rare to find a true moment of engagement. We try firstly to evoke emotion, either through spectacular visuals or in the telling of incredible stories.  We believe that authenticity is the key to reaching hearts and minds. That is why our content is made to mean something.

Our Work

For us, storytelling is at the heart of everything we do from television shows to sixty-second commercials. Our commercial clients love that we are able to think beyond mere execution and can contribute conceptually. Our broadcasting clients love that we know how to target an audience. It is the combination of this expertise that makes us unique.


Brand Films

Broadcast television

The Lucky Beans


Donald Clarke

Executive Producer

Donald Clarke is an experienced and sought-after television executive and the founder of Lucky Bean. As a showrunner, he has collected war stories from blockbuster international formats such as Survivor, Fear Factor, MasterChef and So You Think You Can Dance. He really enjoys putting all that experience into creating original formats especially in the fast developing world of branded entertainment.




Chris Green

Creative Producer

Chris’ experience as a short form director has earned him accolades both locally and internationally, and he brings a wealth of production know-how, a visually creative flair and a desire to tell authentic stories to the content table – be they 30 second spots, brand films, or television shows.




Unathi Msengana

Creative Producer

Idols and Metro FM personality Unathi has wowed both radio and television audiences for years and has twice been named amongst SA’s Top Ten people in Media by The Star. Behind the camera’s Unathi has contributed as a key creative on My Story and Mandela’s World Cup. Her expertise in speaking to a mass audience is a crucial part of Lucky Bean’s success.



Kat Weatherall

Head of Production

With over a decade of experience, Kat has been the organisational force behind some of South Africa’s best-loved reality, branded content and magazine TV shows including The Great South African Bake-off, Dragon’s Den, Come Dine with Me and Pawn Stars. With a calm and patient approach and an exceptional eye for detail, Kat ensures we run on time, on budget and create lasting emotional connections with our audiences.



Liesl Roos

Finance Manager

Liesl is our Bean Counter, making sure our financial Is are dotted and our Ts are crossed. If we’re talking money, she’s the one you speak to. She’s also a fabulous photographer!



Tiyani Madonsela

Associate Producer

A calm and reassuring presence infused with rockstar talent, Tiyani’s role at Lucky Bean is grounded in strong research and development. Following international experience with Al Jazeera and BET, Tiyani has cast, crewed and developed some of our finest work, included My Story, Chivas The Venture and Is That a Fact? Ask anyone who’s worked with her, Tiyani is the person you want in your corner when it comes to putting together great stories.



Michelle Williams

Production Manager

With a solid background in live, magazine and music shows, Michelle keeps our productions ticking along, especially when it comes to managing our extensive post-production infrastructure. Michelle’s background in research also gives her a unique perspective on making story come to life on-screen.



Lucky Khowa

Production Assistant

Lucky is the Bean’s biggest star – literally: he’s a big guy, with a big smile. With experience in features and reality, and a developing interest in technical, Lucky has your back, and ours.



Aviwe George

Office Manager

You can’t bring trophies home without somewhere to put them… and making us feel at home is what Aviwe does best. From administration to augmentation, Aviwe will make sure your stay at Lucky Bean will mean something special.



Kelsey Matus

Operations Assistant

With stints at Call a Crew and EON Productions in London, Kelsey has a mix of production know-how and office expertise that keeps our clients happy and productions running smoothly.



Here are a couple of things we are quite happy about:

African Specialists

Because we produce and travel ourselves we know exactly what a client requires when filming in another country. We offer both creative and production insights into your project and will help you shoot more efficiently so you can put more value on the screen. We have filmed and facilitated in over 30 different African countries ranging from small ENG crews to large multicam reality teams.

We have extensive experience working in Africa, specifically Nigeria and Kenya. Our past projects include the MTV African Music Awards, Twende Kazi (Kenya) and Club MTV. We have filmed and facilitated in over 30 different African countries ranging from small ENG crews to large multicam reality teams.

Our offering includes:

Film and television incentives/rebates offered in African countries
Knowledge of tax and customs regulations
Logistical and technical support
Sourcing of top local crew and talent



If you would like to chat more please contact us on:


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Lucky Bean HQ is at Greenside Studios. 26 Gleneagles Road, Greenside. In the coolest part of Africa’s economic heartland – Johannesburg.

Magic Number – +27 11 486 3852



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