Sasani Studios offers broadcast studios and post production facilities in Highlands North, Johannesburg. It caters for all segments of the television broadcast and post production market. A multi-faceted company with a depth of knowledge and experience going back to the early 1980s, Sasani has recorded some remarkable achievements over the years, including many firsts for South Africa. The first episode of Carte Blanche was shot here – it aired in 1988, and the show has been running ever since. It has earned credibility amongst South African viewers for its investigations into corruption, consumer issues and coverage of current events, and has become an iconic part of Sunday evening South African television.
- The first K-TV episode was shot at Sasani Studios
- The first Red Nose Day was shot at Sasani Studios
- The first Revue Plus was shot at Sasani Studios
- The first live commercial “Hyperama Heydeys” was broadcast from Sasani Studios
- The first series of “The Voice” South Africa, Nigeria, Angola and Francophone
The Sasani Studios story is woven in the fabric of the lives of all South Africans.
With Johannesburg’s first film shot in 1896, only ten years after the city was proclaimed, the city has a rich history of film production that is almost as old as the city itself. Less than twenty years later, studios began to make an appearance when entertainment mogul Isidore Schlesinger started a production house on a tract of land that was one day destined to be Killarney Mall.
When demolition for the mall started in 1972, Schlesinger moved his movie factory to what is now Sasani Studios in Highlands North.
If you’re a soapie fan, you’re sure to have followed – or at least taken a passing interest in – the well-loved Egoli: Place of Gold, which was shot in Sasani Studios and first aired on M-Net on 6 April 1991. South Africa’s first daily soap opera, Egoli was the first South African television programme to reach in excess of 4 000 episodes. It ran for 18 years, airing its final episode on 31 March 2010. Other soapies that are shot at Sasani include Rhythm City and Scandal! (both with custom-built studios), Skeem Saam and Isidingo – The Need, which moved to Sasani after its set at the SABC burned down in 2012 and 7de Laan, which is filmed in Lonehill.
Sasani Studios was home to numerous series’ of Big Brother from 2007 to 2014, which is an internationally renowned, 24/7, reality show running continuously for up to 91 days across multiple broadcast channels into Africa. Over the years, various seasons of Big Brother Africa, Big Brother Angola and Big Brother Mzansi were shot at Sasani, and many will remember a part of the Big Brother studio catching fire in 2014. This disaster did not get Sasani down for long, however, and a new studio complex was launched a short 12 months later.
If soapies, reality TV or hard-hitting journalism are not for you, perhaps The Voice is more your scene – the South African version of this blockbuster vocal competition series is also shot at Sasani on a custom-built set, and started airing in the beginning of 2016. Since then Sasani has also started shooting The Voice Angola (in Portuguese), The Voice Nigeria, and The Voice Afrique Francophone (in French), in this studio.
Aside from enabling countless hours of entertainment for South Africans from all walks of life, Sasani Studios is also passionate about youth development and training, and secured 8th place in the Media24 unlisted company CSI award, as well 10th place in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards for corporate social investment in 2012.
With 10 main sound treated television and film stages and 3 additional acoustically-designed studio spaces, Sasani is now the one of the largest multifunctional complex of its type in Gauteng. From a long history in film in television going back many decades, Sasani is set to take on the future of film, television and broadcasting for many years to come.
In summary, Sasani Studios is the perfect partner for all your production needs.