Backyard Opens A South African Office: Backyard SA


Last Updated: September 17, 2013 7:06 pm GMT
(Los Angeles, California--September 17, 2013) Venice, CA-based Backyard has expanded to include a new full-service office in Cape Town, Backyard SA. Backyard SA is a partnership with veteran Executive Producer Janette De Villiers, who will act as the company’s Managing Director, and will continue to separately maintain her South African production service company, Groundglass. Groundglass has produced hundreds of international jobs over the years, including many for Backyard. Backyard SA will offer Backyard’s director roster to the South African advertising community and will serve as a resource for American advertisers wanting to shoot overseas.

Janette De Villiers

Says Backyard President/Partner Blair Stribley, “We’re partnering with a like- minded person in Janette. She has the personality and energy that fits right in with the Backyard brand, and Janette is known internationally for her exceptional production track record. This move gives our clients a great alternative location to consider shooting.” Adds De Villiers, “I’m thrilled to be able to introduce Backyard’s stellar roster to South Africa. Creatively, they’re a very good fit for this market. More and more American advertisers want to shoot here and now they can with a trusted brand.”

In recent years, Backyard has gotten a lot of interest from clients considering production in South Africa. In addition to diverse locations, top-level crews, a deep acting pool and a very production-friendly environment, U.S. advertising dollars stretch further with the value of the dollar against the Rand.

We are Backyard: a trusted production company, defined by genuine talent and driven by a commitment to deliver inspired creativity beyond expectations. With offices in Venice, New York City and Cape Town, Backyard utilizes its global reach to collaborate with top international clients from around the world.

Backyard is led by President/Partner Blair Stribley, Managing Director/Partner Chris Zander, VP/Executive Producer Kris Mathur, and Partner Tom Duff and his Partners at Optimus. Backyard takes pride in its down to earth team, and a collaborative approach that encourages loyalty and long-term relationships with clients.

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