What we do...
MEDIA HQ is a Nairobi – Amsterdam - Kampala based media production company, providing creative, high quality production services at international standards. Since 2017 we have added an affiliate office in Kampala, Uganda.
We work closely with our friends and partners from Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia and Germany.
MEDIA HQ consults on communication challenges, develops concepts and produces media projects.
This can be a short film for a NGO, a series of TV programs for a multinational (with commercial or social media angles) or an international documentary with a broadcaster. Film, photography, animation… we can even do print.
MEDIA HQ started off as media production company and has diverted into a mixed media production house: video, print, radio, and a special emphasis on Social Media.
We want the videos we make to be embedded in the right environment so we provide this service now.
MEDIA HQ has a network of media producers all over the globe and from our office we coordinate, select the right people on the ground and if desired we can travel there to produce on site together with the local crews.
MEDIA HQ also provides fixing and local productions services for international production companies and broadcasters who want to work in East Africa. We deliver all facilities including research, (film)permits, practicalities like cars, hotels, fixers, interpretors, producers and film crews.
MEDIA HQ is reliable, on time, creative, flexible and friendly.
We take care that the client's expectations come true and that it’s a nice journey with us.
Sustainable Development Goals
we tick the boxes
in the company...
The sustainable development goals are in our genes; it is normal for us to use these as guidelines for our do's and don'ts.
in our productions...
the SDG's are a integrated part of our approach, in the way we work, how we treat people and the world around us. not just for us, for our crews too.
Photos & Videos
take a look and enjoy
We have produced a film for the Bill and Melinda Gates award ceremony in NY. Dysmus Kisilu is the founder of Solar Freeze, He was the price for his amazing work with his company that provides renewable energy solutions as a service to smallholder farmers in Kenya.
Migrants in Detention
In northern Kenya the borders are porous. Many people cross over illegally, intentionally or not. If caught they will be jailed, and then a few weeks later be freed again. Everybody agrees that this is useless, but what are the alternatives? A documentary on migrants on detention around the Kenyan borders.
Energy for Business Development in Africa
Implemented by Energy 4 Impact, this video shows the impact of the Energy Business for Development program. we have filmed their impact in villages in Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, and Uganda.
Princess Máxima centre in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
In 2018 we have filed the activities of the Princess Máxima centre in Kenya and now we have been invited to cover their work in Indonesia as well. A heart breaking film on children with cancer. Thanks to our colleague Peter Mariouw Smit in Bali.
Travel with a Goat
For Tuvalu Media we have produced an episode of their TV-series. We filmed in Magadi (Kenya) and on the Ngong Hills.
Two foodies, one animal, one tough choice. Watch as two foodies embark on a journey with an unlikely companion. Freedom or Feast - what would you do?
Media HQ provided research, crew members for this project.
Women in Coffee
DIEH in a Danish NGO that helps coffee farmers in Kenya. With them we have made a series of films so that the Danish people learn to know the coffee farmers
and the people behind their 'caffe'.
Urban Labs the film
Throughout 2016 we produced a film about the Urban Labs with UN Habitat and the Netherlands Creative Industries Fund.
It premiered at Habitat III in Quito in October 2016.
Media HQ travelled to 14 countries
Hate Speech in South Sudan
With Peace Tech Lab (Kenya - USA) we produced a film about social media as a weapon in conflicts. Focussing on the South Sudanese refugees, their stories and experiences, being torn between predators and victims, between warnings and threads. The impact of social media in times of conflict is huge and devastating.
Who we are...
Creative Producer / MD
Alexander has produced film and videos for over 20 years in more then 25 countries.
His love for developing strong ideas and good stories makes him the ideal creative producer.
Justin has awarded experience in post-production.
From the beginning till the end he is engaged in each production, safeguarding the quality .
Creative Producer - Uganda
Kees is a all round creative producer with an extensive track record in the Netherlands and Uganda.
His background in TV production and his creative, critical and solution driven mind make him the ideal production partner in Uganda.
Julian is a dedicated and energetic photographer with 10+ years’ experience specialized photography.
humanitarian, cultural, environmental and documentary photography... You name it, he organizes and captures it.
What we do... step by step
Development- Consultancy - Production
Social media strategies - Video production
Step 1: Consultancy
This is where it starts; you want a media solution, you call us. We listen, analyze and think along with you. We will ask a lot... because we need to know. Once we really understand, we can develop a proposal.
Step 2: Development
Once we agree about your needs and wishes we make an action plan, conceptualize an idea, visualize your wishes and see what it takes to actually make it.
Step 3: Production
The plan is there, now we will execute it. We'll find the right people, jump in a car, boat or plane to go out. We'll pick up a camera or get that illustrator at work. The post production people are tapping on their desks to edit the material. Are you ready for the launch?
Social media strategies
It starts with a Media Strategy, In which fits the video, the audio and the photography.
We have trained staff that can develop together with your social media strategy and can even implement and execute it. (if you want to reach out, you can expect reactions... so you'll react again)
Fixer service only
If you want us to produce your East African film or photo shoot. Sure, we can do that too. You'll need permits, locations, a fixer, a researcher, a producer or a complete crew. We'll fix it (or tell you it's impossible).
Next to developing media concepts and producing good videos we also have a professional photography service to underline your message, to capture the making-off or to make a stand alone photo documentary.
Who we work with...
"...with each client we have a different path, a different energy and a different outcome
...that's probably why we enjoy our work!"
UN Habitat -Kenya
Creative Fund Netherlands
Needafixer - UK
Videocraft - Kenya
Consumer panel - Kenya
Netherlands Embassy - Kenya
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
UNDP - Kenya
WorldCoaches - the Netherlands
VPRO - the Netherlands
SNV Kenya - the Netherlands
PeaceTech Lab - USA
Princess Máxima foundation
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
ENERGY FOR IMPACT
UN REDD+ PROGRAMME
MADE FOR DIGITAL
VINCENT TV PRODUCTION
THIS IS WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US...and we like it
ENERGY FOR IMPACT
Barabara Otieno - Business Analyst
Media HQ provided exemplary services and brought along with it great expertise at each phase of the production project. The team engaged E4I professionally and took the time to understand the content to ensure they captured the right footage for the video.
Media HQ was always prompt in providing feedback and showed great flexibility both in terms of timeline and in accommodating our requests during the post-production phase. The MediamHQ team also provided sound advice on ways to make the video even better. The final results were exceptional and received positive
reactions from its audience.
We had a wonderful and enjoyable experience working with them for over a period of nearly 6 months and we are more than pleased to recommend Media HQ for similar work.
VINCENT TV PRODUCTIES
Jeroen Schaap Editor in Chief. Beau Five Days Inside. RTL Netherland. https://www.vincenttvproducties.nl
From the award-winning Dutch TV-show: Beau Five Days Inside we were shooting a special episode in the town of Nairobi, Kenya.This shoot has taken place with the indispensable help from the people from Media HQ.
During the pre-production they provided us with all the necessary details concerning visa, filming permits, locations, transportation and accommodation for our crew.
Thanks to Media HQ who made it possible for us to shoot a very touching and complicated subject with which we never could have produced without their input, advise and knowledge.
I hereby highly recommend Media HQ Kenya for any worldwide television company who’s planning on a shoot in Nairobi in particular and the whole of Kenya in common.
UN WOMEN AFRICA
Patterson Siema - Communications and Advocacy Advisor, Eastern and Southern Africa.
We were glad to be joined by Alexander and his team from Media HQ who facilitated a session on use of social media and video in development communications.
Their in-depth and practical facilitation inspired the team of UN Women Africa Communicators to seek ways of innovatively profiling the work of UN Women in Africa .
NIEUWSUUR / NEWS HOUR
sHans Kema & Hein Hansen - jounalists
Working with Media HQ and Alexander in late 2016 proved to be a very professional, efficient and also nice experience. We told them what we were looking for and Alexander and his team interpreted that in a very practical and quick way. Their network in and around Nairobi is excellent. Media HQ also came up with good ideas that fitted the story we wanted to shoot and they took care of all the things we could think of. It's obvious they have deep knowledge of the particular needs of television crews working in the field. We will definitely recommend these pros to anyone who is planning to film in East Africa.
NEED A FIXER
Galateia Kapralou - Coordinator
I worked with Alexander for a shoot in Nairobi and Thika. He has been a highly professional and tentative producer and fixer, overseeing the whole production from start to finish, up to the last detail. He was always happy to do more and was generous with his time while very effective and resourceful. I am really looking forward to working with him again and I consider Media HQ as our go-to people in the whole of Kenya.
Stefan Engels - coordinator Hortimpact
With Alexander we have developed a great idea and plan for filming the process, from start to finish of our project. Starting off with a baseline film and following every step. He developed the idea and is executing the production. It works great, flawless and smooth and the output is better than expected.