Our Story

Passionate about Story. Passionate about People.

Launched in 1998, Sunrise Productions made media history with the release of the first ever feature length animation to come out of Africa, The Legend of the Sky Kingdom. This was followed by the multi-award-winning short animation children’s series, Jungle Beat and then Once Upon a Stable, an award-winning animated TV special. In 2006 Sunrise wrote and produced the animated feature, The Lion of Judah.

Sunrise completed production of the third season of the animated children’s TV series Jungle Beat and the list of accolades and awards won by this series continues to grow. Recognition internationally includes nominations at Annecy, and awards at Cartoons on the Bay, Zagreb, Anima Mundi, Chicago and Toronto. In late-2016, Sunrise began developing a brand new series, Munki and Trunk.

Sunrise has also pioneered an entrepreneurial 3D animated character branding and marketing model for high profile sports brands. Major international sports federation partners include The South African Rugby Union, Sharks Rugby, Cricket South Africa, England’s Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union among the growing number of exciting clients. Sunrise’s inaugural sports marketing campaign with The South African Rugby Union was recognized as the Best Integrated Sports Marketing Campaign at the 2010 Virgin Sports Industry Awards.

Sunrise’s live-action division was launched with the 2009 production of The Lazarus Effect, for Bono (of the band U2) and Bobby Shriver’s (RED) campaign. This HBO Film, produced by Spike Jonze, follows the story of HIV positive people in Africa who undergo a remarkable transformation thanks to access to treatment. Following on from this, Sunrise has co-produced TV series “Bitten: Sarah Graham Cooks Cape Town,” a 13 part cooking/lifestyle show around un -intimidating and unpretentious recipes hosted by food blogger and cook book author, Sarah Graham. Bitten was launched in South Africa in 2013 with DCD Rights on board for international Sales.

Sunrise also produces commercials for a number of leading brands, both in South Africa, and globally. Recent productions include a number of commercials for Samsung, BP, Dell, Cotton, and Hertz.

Sunrise productions are characterized by an energy and creativity that stems from the human synergy of a dynamic and multi-talented team, and a culture of always believing in and searching for the most original, innovative and appropriate solution to any creative challenge.