The company is lead by international award winning journalist, filmmaker and writer Julie Laurenz.
Pillay Laurenz Media is currently transitioning to new leadership and name, after the loss of Terence Pillay in 2022. A formidable journalist & talented producer, he will sorely missed.
Award winning journalist and radio personality, Orrin Singh, joins the team. His passion and experience will bring new energy and insights to future projects.
Julie has over 25 years experience in directing and producing award-winning video content. She has established herself as a successful business woman; a skilled director and a proficient producer. The owner of Nguni TV and now, co-owner of Pillay Laurenz Media & Communications, Julie has skills in all aspects of production. She has applied these skills with success to hundreds of productions for local and international clients. A keen interest in the ‘human condition’ and an empathy for people who want to tell their stories – whatever the story – gives Julie’s work a characteristic honesty and compassion.
She has produced a number of award winning productions. These include; a South African Film & Video Award (SAFTA), CNN African Journalist of the Year (2005 & 2015), Lorenzo Natali Human Rights European Commission Award, a Bridget Bardot Genesis Wildlife Award commendation, five SAB Environmental Journalist of the Year Awards, a Discovery Health Journalist Award and a number of Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards.
Julie develops original TV formats and directs & produces online content, food inspired programming, specialist corporate, documentary, lifestyle and magazine programming.
Orrin holds a BTech (Hons) degree in Journalism, with majors in television and radio broadcasting. He started his career as a cub reporter for the Zululand Observer, but his talent was soon recognized and was offered a position at the Sunday Times. As a multimedia journalist he produced short documentaries and podcasts as well as print articles for online and hard copy.
A solid reporting and investigative journalist, his opinion on issue and stories has seen him being interviewed by television outlets like, Newsroom Afrika and Carte
Blanche and on Radio 702.
He has also won a number of awards for his work: Vodacom Journalist of the Year
2019 Regional winner in the multimedia category for work done on the devastating KZN floods in 2019.
National Caxton Excellence 2018 Runner up for journalist of the year
Vodacom Journalist of the Year, 2021 Regional winner in the sustainability category for work done on the life and murder of environmental activist Fikile
TERENCE PILLAY 1970 - 2022
Terence Pillay was a well known South African radio and television personality and published print journalist, author and columnist, who worked in media for over 25 years.
Terence started work as a presenter for television shows across the SABC, etv and MNet channels and later moved on to producing and directing for television.
Recently carved a comfortable niché behind a microphone as the host of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly on East Coast Radio’s Breakfast Show. He also had columns in the Mercury, Daily News, Independent on Saturday and the Sunday Tribune.
Terence's work took him to the far reaches of the globe where he interviewed some of the world’s biggest names, like Claire Danes, Enrique Iglesias, Hillary Swank, John Cleese, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, Westlife, Rachel Allen, Howie Mandel, Joe Cocker and Eddie Grant. He also hosted a cooking show called Food for Living on Glow TV (DStv Channel 167) and was a correspondent for Global Health TV (a UK based health television channel) and TRT (Turkish Radio and TV)
Terence won a number of awards for his work including a number of National TV Association (NTVA) Awards, two Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards, a Kingdom Festival Award, and an Avanti Award. He was also named a finalist in the 2014 Discovery Health Journalist of the Year Award.