Luke Rous

Luke Rous received an honors degree in Live Performance and Script writing from AFDA in 2003 where he excelled in physical performance and developed his love for television and film. Shortly after graduation Luke was instrumental in brokering a co-production deal with Endemol South Africa to launch the first season of City Ses’la, SABC 1’s successful sitcom which ran for 6 seasons.

Since then Luke has co-head written the past 3 seasons of City Ses’la as well as the Afrikaans sitcom Askies (SABC 2) and the hour long drama Borderline (SABC 3). He has written for the drama series Thokolosi (Botswana TV), the sketch comedy show Beat-Root (M-Net), the sitcom Unicity (E-TV), the sitcom My Perfect Family (SABC 1), the sitcom Home Sweet Home (SABC 1), the sitcom Ga Re Dumele (SABC 2) as well as written and storylined for the popular soapy Isidingo (SABC 3). After completing the multi-camera directing training program at Isidingo, Luke honed his directing skills on the set of City Ses’la but had a chance to perfect them while directing 13 episodes of the sitcom Family Bonds (SABC 1) and now occasionally directs episodes of sitcom that he produces.

But it’s his passion for production that saw him act as associate producer for the feature film Discreet (Ster-Kinekor distribution), as executive producer for the hour long TV special for FHM (M-Net), and the first episode of the reality series Culture Shock (M-Net), the 26 part sitcom Ga Re Dumele (SABC 2) and the 13 part sitcom Gauteng Maboneng (SABC 1). Ga Re Dumele has subsequently been re-commissioned three times. Luke helped facilitate gap finance for the feature film Semi Soet (Indigenous films distribution) in early 2012 and with Semi Soet becoming the second highest grossing Afrikaans film ever, the stage is set for Luke’s plans to use TV production to facilitate feature films.

2013 will see the culmination of 6 years of behind the scenes maneuvering with the production of High Rollers, a 26 part hour-long English language drama series for SABC 3. Further projects include development deals for 2 x 13 part hour-long drama series’ for SABC 2 and Deloitte Media Entertainment coming on board to finance RHP's next feature film project Bruid Van Die Jaar.

Luke’s desire is to dedicate his production skills towards the art of creating compelling long format drama and comedy productions in South Africa, and to help train other young artists in these fields.