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Underdog is probably the first true, new era MULTIMEDIA and PRODUCTION Company founded on the cusp of a democratic South Africa. Formed in 1993, our 15 years of history is testimony to a stable production company, with a proud history of world class production experience, cross media skills, acclaimed reality and documentary shows, online presences, as well as real transformation and empowerment programs spanning back to our beginnings. Underdog works in practically all media every day and has produced various award-winning television and corporate productions, interactive web sites, CD-ROMs, promotional television and print campaigns. Underdog is a PTY Limited Company and is therefore audited on an annual basis.

Our film and television work has been broadcast in North America, Australia, and Europe and screened at film festivals in cities such as New York, London, Sydney, Toronto, Hamburg, Washington, Berlin and Rio de Janeiro. Successful at festivals globally – Black Beulahs (by director Fanney Tsimong) is a groundbreaking documentary which looks at the reality of being successful, black, gay and out in the conservative township of Soweto. Underdog has guided a number of young, black directors to success through documentaries such as Only a Number (a new age, love story focusing on an older woman and a younger man, broadcast on SABC 3 in 2007) and Two Moms, a festival favourite that was screened on SABC 2 in 2004. Flush was also broadcast in 2004 on SABC 3, giving a fresh look at toilets and the people that use them. Other highlights have included the acclaimed documentary Metamorphosis: The Remarkable Journey of Granny Lee in 2000, which was broadcast in several countries and continues to be invited for festival screenings. In 1998 the two-hour television documentary Death also distributed internationally and won three prestigious awards, including Gold in the NTVA Avanti documentary category. Underdog has completed four years of producing all Inserts, Promos and Profiles (approximately 50 per year) as well as a Profile Show of 48 minutes for the Shoprite Checkers / SABC 2 Woman of the Year Awards. Additionally, in 2008, we were delighted to be able to provide all finalist Promos and Category Inserts for the Community Builder of the Year Award which is sponsored by Old Mutual and Sowetan, broadcast on SABC 2. We are extremely proud to highlight the work of those who serve their communities.

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