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Sketchbook Studios is an award-winning production company founded by director Ari Kruger and actress Julia Anastasopoulos.


They are best known for creating the groundbreaking web-series SuzelleDIY which has been viewed over 32 million times  on YouTube and flighted regularly on Comedy Central. Suzelle has grown into a full-time brand and household name, appearing in television commercials, releasing best selling books and performing live events across the country.


Sketchbook’s mockumentary series Tali’s Wedding Diary was the first showmax original and went on to win five SAFTA awards including Best Actress for Julia and Best Director for Ari. The show developed a cult status following and has been hailed as a landmark in South African television. The following seasons Tali’s Baby Diary and Tali’s Joburg Diary went on to win more SAFTA awards and were received with critical acclaim.


Their crime comedy feature The Shakedown, commissioned by Amazon MGM Studios, will premiere late 2024.


Sketchbook believes in uniting South African’s through their specific brand of humour and lovable characters and their goal is to be at the forefront of bringing this unique voice to a global stage.

Ari Kruger
Director | Writer | Executive Producer
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Julia Anastasopoulos
Creative Director | 
Executive Producer

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