In this, the seventh in a series of articles profiling various manufacturers, suppliers and services that cater specifically to the film and television industry in Gauteng, In Focus spoke to

AMBE Enterprises
AMBE Enterprises
Movievision cc who handles sales of film, TV and show lighting and ancillary equipment and AMBE Enterprises, stockists of all major brands of video tape and discs.


In Focus spoke to John Harrison, owner of Movievision cc.

In Focus: Tell us a bit about your company.
Harrison: Movievision is one of South Africa's foremost suppliers of quality lighting equipment from Incandescent, through HMI's to the current ranges of LED lighting. To complement the lighting we also supply dimmers, control desks, intelligent lighting as well as all the accessories that go with them. We design, we install and we service all the products we sell.  We also provide a full service facility for other supplier products.

In Focus: How long have you been in existence?
Harrison: Movievision was established in the 1970's and has progressed from supplying lighting to all the major studios in Johannesburg to those around the country and indeed as far north in Africa as Nigeria.

In Focus: What products do you have on offer?
Harrison: Among the well known brands for which Movievision is the authorised South African distributor are world famous names such as High End, DeSisti Lighting, Filmgear, Proxima, GLP, Spotlight, PLS Electronics, Chamsys, LDDE, Kupo, Neo-Neon and Studio Due.

In Focus: Any recent large sales of note?
Harrison: Sales Director, Kim Reed, has been particularly busy this past year in supplying cold light studios in Pretoria as well as the brand new 24 hour News studio at ETV.  Other clients, such as Southern Lighting, were fully equipped with LED Lighting for productions such as Deal or no Deal, Power of 10 and the as yet not transmitted The Kids are Alright.     Dimming equipment has been supplied to M-Nets HD Studio 6, while Incandescent and HMI equipment have been supplied to the various rental companies around SA. We also recently sold Genelec 8200 series Digital DSP monitoring speakers to the SABC.

Movievision can be contacted on +27 11 885 2041 or visit the website

AMBE Enterprises is another well established Gauteng distributor, based in Amalgam, Johannesburg. In Focus spoke to owner and Chairman, Mahendre Doolabh, and sons Mitesh and Minal.

In Focus: Please describe your product offering
We stock all the major broadcast standard tapes and discs in Sony, Maxell, TDK, and Verbatim.

In Focus: I believe your company name is rather special?
Doolabh: The name Ambe (Amba) is the name of an Indian Hindu Goddess.

In Focus: Give us some background to the company.
Doolabh: Initially, the company's source of income was driven from the screening of Indian cultural 35mm film in all major Indian cinemas in South Africa. With the introduction of television into South Africa and the invention of VHS and Betamax video cassettes, I started purchasing video and television copyright for all the Indian content films for South Africa, which led the business into professional recording media.

In Focus: Do you have other branches in South Africa?
Doolabh: We have reliable distribution networks, which provide top quality service and a hands-on approach by management. The network coverage, servicing the independent and chain stores, is throughout all the provinces of South African and its neighbouring countries.

In Focus: How long have you been in business?
Doolabh: Ambe Enterprises is a well-established BEE business placed in the heart of Southern Africa. The history goes back to 1977 when I founded the company, and am still the chairman. Ambe Enterprises is a family run business with my sons, Mitesh and Minal, now in the forefront. We have 30 years of experience in this field.

For more information, contact or telephone +27 11 839 1193.