Forefront Media Group is a development, production, finance and distribution entity in Johannesburg South Africa. It is headed by Eddie Mbalo and Ryan Haidarian. The duo set up Forefront Media Group in 2011 after leaving the National Film & Video Foundation of South Africa, where Mbalo was CEO for 10 years and Haidarian headed Development, Production and New Ventures for 7 years. While at the NFVF, projects invested in garnered 2 Academy Awards and 6 Academy Award nominations, back-to-back wins at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Golden Bear at The Berlin Film Festival. Some of those titles include TSOTSI, HOTEL RWANDA, YESTERDAY, SKIN, & U-CARMEN E-KHAYELITSHA.

Forefront Media Group recently wrapped production on ACCIDENT and FROM A HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET. Prior to that it financed and produced VEHICLE 19 starring Paul Walker of THE FAST & THE FURIOUS franchise. Upcoming productions include CLEARANCE.

The distribution outfit of Forefront Media Group has released such titles as STILL ALICE, RUST & BONE, DETACHMENT and VEHICLE 19 and is actively handling the sale of content libraries for rights holders throughout the African continent.

Having been intricately involved in the creation of the different investment vehicles and incentives in South Africa, the duo behind Forefront has been able to tap into those financing networks as well as international sales contacts to create a commercially viable company that services the entire value chain of content, from development through to distribution and exhibition.



Ryan Haidarian is an innovative film producer and distributor who runs Forefront's day to day operations.
Leyla Tavernaro Haidarian, PhD is a media professional and communications specialist.
Mbalo is currently the Executive Chair of Forefront Media Group and Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer at On Digital Media, the operator of Top TV.