Denny has been in the South African television industry for 23 years, debuting as Director in 2004. Twelve years on, he sports extensive experience in both Single and Multi-Cam Direction - indoors and out - and has a knack for finding ways to deliver both quality ańd quantity. Recognizing viewers’ insatiable appetite for “the hottest new show”, Denny enjoys pushing the limits in his approach to the medium instead of falling into the trap of settling for the mundane. Of equal importance to him is a healthy rapport with both Cast and Crew because he realizes the sensibility and practicality of a harmonious, happy set where everyone is made to feel that they are contributing to the creative process.
He has directed on BACKSTAGE, SCANDAL (both for eTV); BINNELAND-SUBJUDICE (Mnet), JACOB’S CROSS (DSTV) and ZONE 14 - another popular show that aired on SABC1.
The SAFTAs have awarded him for his work on ISIBAYA, a BOMB Production for Mzansi Channel, SWARTWATER - an Afrikaans Drama series for SABC 2/3 produced by Quizzical Pictures, and SAINTS AND SINNERS - a Drama Series from Penquin Films, again for Mzansi, that won Best Actress (Nthati Mosesh) and Best Actor (Siyabonga Radebe) categories at the 2016 SAFTAs.
eTV’s highly rated UMLILO - another Quizzical Pictures production - also received recognition at the 2016 SAFTAs, including Best Cinematography – Jonothan de la Querra - and Best Production Design – Valerie Groenewald.
He helped facilitate and then direct Season One of Nigeria’s first studio drama – TINSEL (for Mnet Africa) - during which he also trained both crew and cast in multi-cam studio production. He wrote and directed Kenya’s first talent-search reality series called THE PRESENTER. He has acted as Creative Director and Director on two seasons of MOMENTS WITH MO, the Nigerian talk show hosted by Mo Abudu. In 2012, he made the finalists at the Mnet TAG Awards in the Best Script category for his first self-produced TV Commercial on women abuse, called ‘You Cannot Rape Me’ (see www.vimeo.com/ dennyymiller)
Winner: SAFTA, Best Achievement in Directing a TV Soap - ISIBAYA - 2014 & 2015
Winner: SAFTA, Best Achievement in Directing a TV Drama - SWARTWATER – 2015
Nominee: SAFTA, Best Achievement in Directing a TV Drama - SAINTS AND SINNERS - 2016
Nominee: SAFTA, Best TV Drama – SAINTS AND SINNERS - 2016
Nominee: SAFTA, Best TV Drama – UMLILO - 2016reel: vimeo.com/dennyymiller
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