Coral Tree films was established by Television Producer Phillip Lennon in 2007. The Company is based in South Africa on the beautiful KwaZulu Natal Lower South Coast in the village of Leisure Bay.
Since its inception, Coral Tree Films has produced content for many of South Africa’s broadcasters, namely:
SABC 1, SABC 2, SABC 3, MNet, Mzanzi Magic, SuperSport and ViaTV.
International clients include: Ireland’s National Broadcaster RTE, The History Channel and International Animal welfare organization Vier Pfoten.
Corporate clients include: ORASECOM (Orange Senqu River Commission), Standard Bank and Murray & Roberts.
The company produces content across a variety of genres: Actuality, Feature Documentaries, Reality, Corporate and Investigative.
About Phillip Lennon
Creative Director for 2014 SAFTA winning “National Geographic Taboo Africa”, Produced by Clive Morris Productions.
Winner of the 2009 and 2014 “Media Veertjie” award for best actuality insert.
Winner of the 2011 and 2012 SAB Environmentalist of the Year merit award in the broadcast category.
Official selection Philadelphia Film Festival 2011 “A Planet Weeps” a documentary on the 2010 Pakistan floods.
Received special mention from the EWT for his work on the Urban Raptor Project on Black eagle in the Klipriviers Berg.
These awards are testimony to what this self-made producer has accomplished since he matriculated from Estcourt High School in 1980.
His journey in film and television began in January 1983 at the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) where he was trained to be a film sound operator on the then fledgling wildlife show, 5050.
Phillip stayed with sound for 17 years, using the opportunity to absorb as much as possible technically. When the opportunity to direct presented its self it was grabbed with relish, and so began a creative development that would open doors in the years ahead. This included mastering the camera and the edit.
For close to 10 years Phillip produced the long running Motoring show TOPCAR on DSTV’s SuperSport channel. However his passion for the environment and the injustices faced by certain animal species, pulled Phillip into the world of environmental television.
For the last eight years, Phillip has traveled the earth documenting the environmental disasters that have torn our fragile planet apart. He has also infiltrated the dark underworld activity of bear baiting in Ukraine.
He returned to his roots and was an in-house producer for three seasons from 2012 to 2015 with the environmental program 5050, produced by Clive Morris Productions.
ORASECOM (Orange Senqu River Commission) undertakes a survey of the I million square kilometer Orange river basin every 5 years.
In 2010 and 2015 Phillip was commissioned to document this mammoth undertaking on video.
In 2016 Phillip conceptualized, directed and produced a reality series “Die Bosbokkies” for Media24’s VIA channel. The show was an immediate hit.
In May 2015 Phillip and his life partner Mariki Van Der Walt left Johannesburg and moved to the hidden gem of Leisure Bay, situated on the Lower South Coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
Recently Phillip has been using his skills and time to benefit charities like the SPCA and NPO Looking After Leisure Bay, on the South Coast with awareness and fundraising videos.
For nearly four decades this filmmaker has been learning, and continues to learn in the amazing field of television production. An ongoing passion.
Some of Phillips work can be seen on his Youtube channel under PHILLIP LENNON.