"The creators of ZANEWS are very clever, though they exaggerate the size of my nose! They are clever because they can make us laugh and cry at the same time. They tell the most wonderful and painful truths - hilariously. They are like an antibiotic for those who take themselves too seriously."
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Cape Town, South Africa.
This site features clips from our award-winning satirical comedy program in South Africa, PUPPET NATION. Our program is created and produced in Cape Town, with contributing writers and talent in the USA. PUPPET NATION is distributed on satellite tv in South Africa, as well as streamed online for our loyal audiences. People around the world follow our South African program to keep up with ZANEWS.
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Puppet Nation ZA
Puppet Nation ZA, the South African satirical news program broadcast weekly on StarTimes’ Star One channel and online on www.zanews.co.za, was nominated for a 2016 International Emmy Award. The show competed against comedy shows from the United Kingdom, France, and Brazil, at the ceremony held in New York on 21st of November. Of 40 nominees across 10 categories and 15 countries, Puppet Nation ZA is the only South African nominee.
Puppet Nation, now in its 9th year, features a cast of latex local and international celebrities and politicians, from Nelson Mandela to Donald Trump, Julius Malema to Kanye West. Produced by Cape Town based production company Both Worlds, Puppet Nation ZA is broadcast across Africa on StarSat, the pan-african satellite platform, and has garnered a slew of accolades including South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS), IAB Bookmarks and now two International Emmy nominations.
This second Emmy® nomination in a row affirms what countless people already know to be true. Whether it’s Nelson Mandela - who said, “Ah, I believe I’ve met this gentleman before” when he first met his puppet - or Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who called the show ”an antibiotic for those who take themselves too seriously”, or the hundreds of thousands of ordinary South Africans who like, love, laugh at and share Puppet Nation’s videos across social media; Puppet Nation is one of South Africa’s most treasured comedic offerings.
Commenting on the nomination, Executive Producer Thierry Cassuto highlighted the talent behind the show: “This second nomination is thanks to the hundreds of people who for more than 8 years have worked hard to bring laughs to our loyal ‘bloody agents’ in South Africa and across the world. I couldn’t be prouder of the hard work and passion our voice-artists, writers, puppeteers, puppet-makers, and crew pour into creating this world-class show,” Cassuto said.
The International Emmys recognize excellence in television programming produced outside of the United States, and are hotly contested by production companies from around the world. The first ever South African production to win an International Emmy Award was in 2015 for Rehad Desai’s “Marikana: Miners Shot Down."
Both Worlds is a multi-award winning production company, based in Cape Town, South Africa, with offices in Paris and New York. Founded by Thierry Cassuto in 1998, Both Worlds has gone on to develop a reputation for excellence, and has created hundreds of hours of film, television, corporate and web programming for South Africa and for international clients.
Best known for its popular weekly satirical news show, Puppet Nation, where puppets "take the micky" out of newsmakers and celebrities, Both Worlds also produces the weekly Comedy Central News, comedy panel show Point of Order, runs the popular ZANEWS satirical website, and recently launched the online ZAComedy radio.
Both Worlds also provides a range of specialized services to its clients in South Africa and around the world, from advisory to the full production or co-production chain, in film, television, multimedia, live events, content marketing and advertising.