Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat (Producer)
Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat was formerly head of production at Spier Films (‘uCarmen’ – Golden bear 2005, ‘Son of Man’ – Sundance 2006). In 2005, he was employed by Ochre Media to re-conceptualise the television soap opera ‘Scandal’. Within the first month, the show’s ratings more than doubled, and then eventually quadrupled under his tenure.
In 2007 Zaheer financed and produced the film of the bestselling novel ‘Confessions of a Gambler’ which premiered in competition at the Dubai Film Festival, and played in official selection at the Miami and Dublin film festivals. He also produced the hit TV series ‘Jacob’s Cross’ with The Bomb Shelter which screened in 23 countries. In 2008 Zaheer produced a new concept TV show for TV Norge and NBC along with MONSTER TV. The show was the highest rated show ever in Scandinavia and Zaheer produced season two in 2008/9. In 2009, he produced a film adaptation of Athol Fugard’s ‘Master Harold…And the Boys’ starring Ving Rhames and Freddie Highmore.
Also in 2009, Zaheer produced two award winning short films on climate change. In 2011, he produced the critically acclaimed ‘Skeem’, which was invited to the 2011 Abu Dhabi Film Festival and won the Audience Choice Award. Earlier this year, ‘Skeem’ travelled to the Götesburg Film Festival in Sweden, where it drew full audiences.
Based on his success, the National Film and Video foundation identified Zaheer as one of the top producers in South Africa and asked him to be their representative at the prestigious Cinemart Producer’s Lab at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in February 2006.
He is a member of The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and regularly participates as a finals juror for the Emmy awards and the BANFF mountain festival.