New Board Member

It is with great excitement that we announce the addition of a new director to the board of Orange Babies South Africa, Evert Van der Veer.

As Vice President, Comedy Central, Africa, TV veteran Evert Van der Veer is responsible for driving the success of Viacom International Media Networks Africa’s comedy businesses in sub-Saharan Africa.

Responsible for all aspects of the Comedy Central brand across the region, Van der Veer’s role includes strategic direction, brand management, programme acquisitions, content strategy, production, digital, marketing and communications for the English language channel and associated digital and social media assets. Van der Veer also provides counsel and special project support for other Viacom-owned entertainment brands in the region, most recently working on the content, scheduling and acquisition strategy for the launch of the localised BET Africa channel (launched April 2015).

A staunch champion of African comedy and comedians, Van der Veer and his team have been instrumental in creating a wide range for platforms for talented comics from the region to display their talent, including monthly comedy fixture comedy Central Presents…Live at Parker’s, an annual trip to Montreal’s prestigious Just For Laughs Festival, and two comedy “Roasts” – The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr (2012) and The Comedy Central Roast of Kenny Kunene (2014). In 2014, he presided over the creation of a successful series of themed comedy events and productions under the “Comedy Presents” banner, pulling together groups of comedians, celebrities and other well know figures to tackle topical subjects such as Race, Religion and Sex with a unique Comedy Central spin.

Evert has also pioneered the Comedy Central Cares programme, an initiative that reaches out to partner charities (including Orange Babies) by raising funds and awareness through comedy.

Prior to joining VIMN Africa in 2012, Van der Veer held a number of roles at Viacom-owned companies in UK, Europe & the Emerging Markets, including; Director, Entertainment, Content and Creative, Emerging Markets, MTV Networks International and Acquisition Manager, Benelux & Nordic, MTV Networks International. Prior to joining Viacom, Van der Veer worked as Channel Manager at UPC in The Netherlands.

Evert lives in Johannesburg with his wife and children.

Welcome to the Orange Babies family, we are so happy to have you!