Your favourite feel good breakfast show, won “Best Variety Show” at the 2017 South African Film and Television Awards. This was Expresso’s second nomination and first win at the SAFTAs. Over the years, Expresso remains on top of the game by supplying fresh trends and celebrating the best of what South Africa has to offer.
Expresso’s ability to make people smile first thing in the morning and simultaneously bring their attention to current affairs and topical issues is why it has amassed such a loyal following. Expresso’s viewers are more like family, which is thanks to the foundation of the beloved personalities in the presenting team of Katlego Maboe, Ewan Strydom, Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, Graeme Richards, Leigh-Anne Williams, Zoe Brown and resident foodie, Zola Nene. The honour of the award is shared between the on-screen talent, as-well with the hard working, tight-knit production staff lead by producer, Paul van Deventer.
“Expresso’s SAFTA win is reflective of how the show engages South Africans of all walks of life, as well as being testament to the production team’s dedication and hard work, not to mention countless early mornings!” said van Deventer.
The team behind the show is always here to make sure to have an interactive relationship with the viewers through digital platforms, and this shows as Expresso’s social media offering is ranked second on Africa Brand Index by Ornico. It has the highest sentiment score, meaning a strong connection with its audience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Expresso team also have strong support from the women who have helped guide the show to great success; executive producer, Patience Stevens, and SABC3 commissioning editor, Maritha Greenland.
“As the commissioning editor of Expresso I am extremely proud and thrilled to see that all the hard work and dedication that the whole team put into the making of this show are being recognized by the industry. The Expresso team is a unique group of people that never allows the pressure of producing and broadcasting three hours of an early morning live television show put a damper on their spirit of spreading positive messages to our viewers,” said Greenland who has a good relationship with the senior production staff and knows just how much goes into a daily episode of Expresso.
“I am so pleased, proud and excited for Expresso’s SAFTA win!” said executive producer, Patience Stevens. “When you interact with the team who work on Expresso, the positive energy and enthusiasm is palpable and it is so great to see the highly talented and committed team recognized for their achievement.” Stevens is one of the leaders of local television production and Expresso is another shining example of her forward thinking in the broadcasting space.