Who We Are
Filmmaking, conservation and technology
Founded in January 2019 by the complementary duo of Brent Leo-Smith and Wium Dörnbrack, Painteddog.tv is a technology-driven wildlife and conservation film production company.
Brent and Wium’s over 30 years of combined wildlife, conservation, and film-making experience has helped them guide Painteddog.tv to achieving some remarkable feats in a surprisingly short time.
After having established the Painteddog.tv as wildlife documentary film-makers and the “go-to” wildlife media film-crew in South Africa’s Lowveld region during 2019, in 2020 the company developed unique live broadcast capabilities which allowed us to achieve the following world firsts during that year:
- Live elephant collaring in the Greater Kruger National Park
- Live rescued painted dogs release into a protected reserve
- Live painted dog collaring in the Greater Kruger National Park
- Private & corporate live virtual safaris in the Greater Kruger National Park
- 24 hour live-streaming wild hyena den camera
THE PEOPLE THAT KEEP PAINTEDDOGTV ALIVE AND GROWING
Managing Director & Co-founder
Brent grew up on Ihanze Ranch (part of Karkloof Spa) and Phinda in South Africa, as well as and on Kwando Safaris in Botswana. Few people have lived the bush life in the way Brent has, with time spent throughout the wild areas of South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Gabon. His actual life has been way more interesting and exciting than most books written about living in Africa. Brent is an experienced safari guide (having worked for Great Plains, Singita, Londolozi, etc.), cameraman and presenter. Since 2010 and before co-founding Painteddog.tv, Brent worked on wildlife film productions both behind and in front of the camera, having featured on Animal Planet and NatGeo Wild, where he presented over 50 episodes of the NatGeo Wild SafariLive series.
Director & Co-founder
Wium grew up in Pretoria and spent his childhood holidays exploring South Africa’s wild areas with his family. Wium began his filming career as a cameraman for the South African Broadcasting Commission from 2008-14, where he filmed sport and news events. He was also a part of the team that installed over installed 110km of fibre optic and coaxial cable into South Africa’s soccer stadiums for the broadcasting of the 2010 World Cup. In 2014 Wium became a member of the world famous WildEarth production team, where not only was he an excellent cameraman, but more importantly also a broadcast engineer designing and building broadcasting systems, including outside broadcast units onboard 4×4 safari vehicles.
Charles Collocott, CFA
Charles grew up in Botswana, where weekends and holidays away with the family were often spent exploring the Makgadikgadi Basin, the Central Kalahari and the Okavango Delta. After moving to South Africa as a teen, Charles graduated with a bachelor’s degree in politics, philosophy and economics from the University of Cape Town. He then went on to become a stockbroker, during which he also acquired the sought after Chartered Financial Analyst designation. After 8 years in financial markets, Charles spent four years as a government economic policy analyst at the renowned South African civil society group, the Helen Suzman Foundation. Charles joined Painteddog.tv in February 2019.
Head of Special Projects
Xander grew up in Pretoria and fell in love with the bush when he became videographer and editor for Wildearth in 2012, where he spent 5 years, during which time he also worked as an editor on over 50 episodes of the Nat Geo Wild SafariLive series. Prior to this, Xander studied film and editing at Open Window, cinematography at Big Fish, School of Digital filmmaking and documentary filmmaking at SUFF Academy. Xander joined Painteddog.tv in February 2020.
Bryan grew up in the suburbs of Johannesburg, but while navigating his way through the concrete jungle, an opportunity to film meerkats in the Southern Kalahari presented itself and being immersed in nature completely captivated him. Bryan studied 3D animation at Boston Media House and before joining Painteddog.tv was a wildlife cameraperson at Wildearth for 5 years from 2012 to 2017. Bryan joined Painteddog.tv in June 2020.
Presenter & Guide
Yuka is from Japan and always dreamed of working in the wildlife conservation field. When she came to Africa for the first time she instantly fell in love with the bush, and decided to pursue a career as field guide to try and help spread conservation awareness to Japan. Yuka has a bachelor’s degree in tourism from Japan’s Rikkyo University, completed a full-year EcoTraining safari guide training course in 2015 and is a fully qualified lead trails guide. Prior to joining Painteddog.tv in July 2020, Yuka worked at Forest Camp Lodge and African Impact.
Social Media Manager
Melissa fell in love with the bush when she started dating Xander, Painteddog.tv’s head of production, when he was working at Wildearth. She also has a talent for design and is a self-taught graphic designer. Prior to joining Painteddog.tv in May 2020, Melissa ran a small online clothing retail operation.