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.... many at least
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 produced on behalf of The Liliane Fonds Foundation through cliffmeet from the Netherlands, this video that shares what the Liliane Fonds Foundation does. Here Sempetha shares his story and how his life changed.
UN REDD AGROFORESTRY INITIATIVE
We produced a series of 9 videos in 9 different countries within 3 continents, showcasing the initiative the program has been working on over the years towards reclaiming our forests.
Tide Turners Plastic Initiative
The Tide Turner Plastic challenge an initiative through UNEP encourages our young minds to process and think differently when it comes to plastic and it's impact on our environment.
War on cancer in Kenya
Courtesy of the Prinses Maxima Centrum and World Child Cancer Organisation, we produced a follow up video showcasing the progress made. One of the key programs is that of parental education.
Below is where this great initiative all started and documented by Media HQ.
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.
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 films and videos for over 20 years in more than 25 countries.
Thinking along with clients and putting their questions into a context; making creative contributions to plans in his forte. His love for developing strong ideas and good stories make him the ideal creative producer. Always looking out for new and fresh ideas, he challenges the team to keep their creativity top notch. A bit of Dutch humor does not hurt to keep the team in good spirits.
Lilian has been a producer and project manager for over 15 years in the Kenyan market.
Her need for control ensures that the team runs smoothly and delivers within time and budget. Thank goodness, she has a great smile and personality that calms even the most ruffled feathers that motivates the team to keep on producing great work.
Job is our lead editor and grader who has a creative mind that can visualize stories on paper and turn them into flawless videos.
His awesome color grading skills always leave us amazed even after working together for over 7 years. His patience is a blessing to the team and our partners.
Justin is that one person any team is glad to have on board. Having been a fixer, videographer, and editor for over 15 years, he is able to solve everything in a shoot. His great personality, charm, love for life, and creative mind are some of the things that the team appreciates.
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
Florian Fussstether - Multimedia Lead
In 2020, the global headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme engaged Media HQ to produce a video on the Tide Turners Programme. The Media HQ team understood the brief and approached our project with professionalism and attention to detail. They were responsive to requests from our UNEP team and able to recommend and implement creative solutions. The end result has exceeded our expectations.
We highly recommend working with Media HQ Ltd.
PRINCESS MAXIMA CENTER
Germaine Custers - Princess Maxima Center
On several occasions I have worked with the team at Media Headquarters for producing videos in order to support our mission: a cure for children with cancer in low- & middle-income countries. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the collaboration: the professionals at MHQ are flexible, deliver high quality for a fair budget and keep their appointments. They understand what the client needs and think along during the whole process; from script until editing. And highly appreciated: they are willing to go the extra mile.
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.
©MediaHQ ltd, Nairobi, 2017