Big Talk Entertainment is a Cape Town based company, specializing in entertainment consulting to the Corporate Industry throughout South Africa. We offer assistance to companies planning their year end functions, award ceremonies, conferences and other special occasions. We have a large selection of South African singers, musicians, bands, comedians, motivational speakers, DJ’s, Hosts and celebrities on offer, so feel free to contact us by mail, telephone or our online form and we will gladly assist you.
Born in KZN in 1964, Deon Schlebusch completed his matric at Durban High in 1983, after which he decided to study a B-Uris through UNISA.
With Private Law 3 as his final subject, four years later, he registered for a 2 year Diploma in Marketing, PR and Sales through IMM, which he completed successfully.
Deon joined the SABC Auckland Park in Johannesburg in the late 80’s and held a variety of positions including cameraman, floor manager, editor and final control where he was responsible for direct transmission. He worked on Television productions like Muzik Ala Carte, Orkney Snorkney, Prime Time, Rooi Rose, Nomqibelo, Artes Awards, Toyota Top 20, No Jacket Required, to name a few.
After editing the promotional video for the opening of the Lost City, he joined Sun City’s Marketing and Public Relations Department. He held a variety of positions during his time at Sun City including assistant concierge at the Palace of the Lost City and Public Relations Officer for the Gaming Department.
Deon was then promoted and transferred to Morula Sun where he spent two years as Deputy Marketing and Events Manager. With this experience in hand, Deon decided to start his own company, Big Talk Entertainment, in 1996. With his great love of Entertainment and his background in business, marketing and events, this was the perfect combination of using his knowledge and skill to assist and uplift young artists and provide a five star service to both his artists and clients alike.
Big Talk Entertainment has staged events like Jozi Jazz featuring artists; Feya Faku, Judith Sephuma, Thandiswa Mazwai and Jimmy Dludlu. The company was also responsible for staging the 1st and 2nd Idols Concerts as well as MTN Roadshows.
Deon was involved in the opening of Monte Casino, Emperors Casino, Emnotweni Casino, Flamingo Casino, Gold Reef Casino and the Ridge Casino. His focus has always been to keep it local and to support up and coming artists whilst staying up to date with the ever changing entertainment trends.
He has had the privilege of working with and promoting South Africa’s most prominent artists for both International and Local clients and events.
Big Talk Entertainment provides one on one client consultation, conceptualisation, devising and staging of events.
Brian has been dancing, choreographing and staging events for over 30 years.
He began his professional dancing career in Angola where he performed at Club Tamar at the age of 19.
After a few years, he returned to South Africa and formed his own dance company that toured the country extensively and won the “Follow that Star” competition that led to his company performing for many events and TV productions like’, “Rooi Rose look of the Year, Muzik A La Carte, Something Old Something New, Body Beat and many others.
He traveled extensively locally and abroad for another two years performing on Cruise Liners with his dance company, after which he performed in three of Sun City’s famous Extravaganza’s -“Bravo” with Judy Page and Ian von Memerty, “Come to the Sun” and Spellbound.
Brian retired as a dancer in the late 80’s and started his own Production Company which produced Dance Revue’s, numerous Fashion Shows, Car Launches and he assisted on the Miss World Pageants.
He produced “Skin Tight”, a dance revue for the Wild Coast Sun followed by “ Ooh lah lah” that ran for a year.
He also opened Caesars Casino with a show called “Dazzle” to rave reviews.
Other Events included the opening of Monte Casino with full orchestra, 12 bands and a variety of over 60 artists. The staging of Miss Teen SA, Face of India, Mr and Miss Africa, Sunday Times Best Dress Matriek Pageant, Wella Hair Shows, Launch of Narovatis, Launch of Clover De None’, MTN Summer Tour and many more.
Brian’s unique creativity and vast experience is an asset to Big Talk Entertainment and his current projects include a community based dance project that has already been booked for the World Cup Veladrome Festival.
Work-o-holic Sally is characterized by her calm yet assertive approach to the job. Her vast experience has covered most of the behind the scenes elements in the entertainment industry. Kicking off her career in 1990 at The Market Theatre, Sally worked in the Marketing department with incredible SA legends Barney Simon, John Kani, Mbongeni Ngema and Mannie Manim.
Every successful show relies on great stage management and precise technical execution. Over an 8 year period Sally nurtured these essential skills also working for The Performing Arts Company in Johannesburg and Pretoria, and The Johannesburg Civic Theatre. From Lighting Technician to Stage and Artist management Sally's strong hands-on yet quiet energy contributed towards the success of many operas , dramas and musicals staged . A highlight over this period was her appointment as Technical Tour Administrator for Alvin Ailey's SA tour; an internationally acclaimed American Dance Company.
Sally's love for working directly with performers and musicians resulted in being employed as an Artist Agent with LDH Music Management . Here, she often zoned into an Artist management role touring around Africa, and worked with many major iconic musicians including Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Vicky Sampson, PJ Powers, Hugh Masekela, Ringo Madlingozi, Mandoza, Msawawa, Claire Johnston, Don Laka, Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels, Dorothy Masuka, Abigail Khubeka, Lebo Mathosa, Jonathan Butler, Jabu Khanyile and Bayette, Dawnay, Judith Sephuma, Bongo Maffin. High point tours and gigs include The Calabash Festival (North West Province) with a crew of up and coming (at the time) Kwaito Artists namely Zola, Mandoza & Speedy, and a special "Band reunion concert" at Kloofendal Amphitheatre, bringing together the amazing 80's bands' Cinema, Ballyhoo, Mango Groove, Evoid and the Working Girls. Other memorable experiences were two Dana Winner tours and a Mario Frangoulis’ tour to South Africa, all performed at the Sun City Super-bowl.
In 2005 Sally moved into the world of corporate entertainment, joining Sun International as Entertainment Co-ordinator for Sun City. She focused on contracting and managing artists from 'residential acts' to handling corporate clients hosting their events at Sun City. Another very important element of her role involved assisting with all of Sun City's international Acts and events staged at the Super-bowl.
Today armed with decades of technical, production & artist management skills AND a huge love for the freedom of creative expression,
Sally brings her diverse expertise to the Big Talk Team.
" What keeps me here is the nurturing loyal environment in the Big Talk office... which transcends into nurturing all our artists and clients "
Prepared and Written by Kerry Friedmann (Publicist)
PHILLIDA LE ROUX
Trained at UCT Ballet School
Course Teachers Diploma in Dance
Rad International teachers with Distinctions
- Cha-Cha Heels – Civic Johannesburg
- Theatre Campus – Emperors Palace
- Total – Super Bowl Sun City
- Liberty Life – Magaliesberg
- Transnet – Emperors Palace
- Too hot to handle – Sun City Extravaganza Theatre
- Nedbank Golf Challenge – Sun City
- Drakensberg Champagne Castle Corporate
- Windmill Casino – Godz/Goddesses
- Luv Bytes
- Amrod Launch
- Boardwalk Casino – Bad Boys
- SAMSUNG 4 Launch ( Johannesburg)
- SAMSUNG Launch (Cape Town)
- BUCO Launch
- ESKOM END OF YEAR
- DIMENSION DATA
Events & Stage Managing:
- Vodacom CEO Awards
- SA Fashion Awards (2010)
- Dimension Data
- Loerie Awards
- Adopt a School charity event
- VW Golf Launch (Ogilvy)
- Rand Merchant Bank – Flash mob coordinator
- UNILEVER – Conference coordinator
- DISCOVERY VITALITY Adopt a School
Musical Director - Actor, Singer, Vocal Coach, Director
Glenn has been in the Theatre industry for the past 25 odd years with no less than 50 professional Theatre productions to his credit
He is one of South Africa's most distinctive and accomplished Character Actors and his fine high baritone voice has landed him numerous leading roles in major musicals countrywide.
A recipient of numerous FLUER DU CAP and National VITA AWARDS, most celebrated of these Productions include; Jesus and Judas in JC SUPERSTAR, Berger in HAIR, Freddy in MY FAIR LADY, Wolf/ Prince Charming in INTO THE WOODS, Captain Tempest in FORBIDDEN PLANET, Che Guevara in EVITA, and STATION 70 to name a few
He was also the resident show director at the well-known Cape Town cabaret and dinner theatre, On Broadway directing no less than 20 large and small scale productions.
He is responsible for creating the phenomenal (ORIGINAL) 3 TONS OF FUN directing them in no less than 5 shows at On Broadway.
Glenn has also worked with The Cape Town Opera Company as actor, singer and assistant director touring Paris, Sweden, Israel, and London (The Collisium) with the critically acclaimed Showboat, Porgy and Bess, and The Mandela Trilogy
For the past 8 years he has been musical director and vocal coach For Madame Zingara’s Theatre of Dreams.
- Standard Bank Festival – Best Student Award
- Vita Award - Best Newcomer Nomination- (THE JUST)
- Vita Award - Best Supporting Actor - (LION IN WINTER)
- Vita Award - Best Actor - (EVITA) 2000
- Fleur Du Cap – Best student nomination
- Fleur Du Cap – Best Actor - (EVITA) 2000
- Fleur Du Cap - Best Actor - (J.C. SUPERSTAR)
- Fleur Du Cap - Best Actor - (INTO THE WOODS)