AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) has appointed versatile producer Laszlo Bene as the Head of the Television School at the Durban Campus.
Laszlo Bene, a producer and director has worked on a number of national and international productions. Having received his education and work experience in the trenches of the Hollywood film community, Laszlo has produced over a dozen motion pictures. In 2006, Bene swapped Hollywood for Johannesburg where he entered the realms of television. He has worked on a number of productions, including the popular children’s series, Takalani Sesame and created/produced a number of projects, such as the Afrikaans family game show, "Dis Rugby!” which was based on one of South Africa’s favourite past-times, rugby, the show was kykNET's biggest hit in 2007. While working in the industry, Laszlo has been also involved in academics.
Since 2010 Laszlo has been working at AFDA as a guest lecturer, teaching production related subjects at the Johannesburg and Cape Town campuses. Recently Laszlo has moved from producing to directing when he started working on Nigeria's top television show, Gulder Ultimate Search. Taking the show to new nights and even higher ratings, Laszlo has directed season 9 and 10 of this epic series. "I am excited to head up the television school in AFDA Durban. I believe this newest AFDA campus has the potential to not only produce future television professionals in the KZN area but through this has a chance to grow the local industry as well. I am looking forward to following the AFDA tradition of nurturing highly creative and talented individuals who upon graduation will become the future of South Africa's and KZN's television industry” says Bene.
Dean of AFDA Durban Campus, Franco Human said “We are excited to have Laszlo head up the Television School here at the Durban Campus, a person of his calibre and experience is very much appreciated and he surely will add to the high level education that we give to our students”.