The Team

Alishia van Deventer

Head of Publicity & Marketing

Alishia van Deventer is the founder and owner of the successful PR Agency, Starburst Promotions, and has been a respected marketing specialist in the South African Entertainment Industry for more than ten years. She is very closely involved with the planning and implementation of various projects for record labels, independent artists, films and production houses. Some of the very successful clients and projects, managed by her, include acclaimed musicians like ADAM, Joshua na die Reën, Kaleidoskoop, Len Muller, Bouwer Bosch and Die Heuwels Fantasties, as well as films like Pad na jou Hart, Leading Lady, Ballade vir ’n Enkeling, Hollywood in my Huis, Keeping up with the Kandasamy’s, Vir Altyd and many more. She applies a strong corporate background and out-of-the-box-thinking with her knowledge of the Entertainment Industry to ensure the success of each project she takes on. She is also a member of the Ghoema Council and Proudly South African.

Gizela Arndt

Publicist

Gizela Arndt is definitely no stranger to the Entertainment Industry. After school, she moved from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg to pursue a career in the Television Industry. Her career officially launched in 1997, when she started working on the popular soap opera, Egoli – Plek van Goud and learned the tricks of the trade by working in various departments of the production. She also played the part of full-time secretary, Liezel Roberts, on the show for four years. After ten years at Egoli, she decided to broaden her horizons by focussing on her career as freelance publicist. During this time, she worked as production coordinator on Dans Dans Dans (kykNET) and Idols (M-Net). In 2008 she was appointed as publicist for kykNET soap opera, Villa Rosa, which resulted in her involvement in various other projects, such as Boer Soek ’n Vrou, Getroud met Rugby (series), Donkerland, Hotel, Edik van Nantes and Molly & Wors. Gizela also manged the publicity for feature films such as Verraaiers, Roepman, Faan se Trein, Hoofmeisie, Bakgat, Superhelde, Ek Joke Net, The Jakes are Missing, Hard to Get, Keeping up with the Kandasamy’s, as well as various successful theatre productions like Liefling, Aspoestertjie and Sneeuwitjie.

Steve van Deventer

Head of Radio & Social Media

Steve van Deventer specializes in radio sampling and social media management. Over the years, he has managed to establish strong interpersonal relationships with many radio stations, across the country, and has a proven track record of successfully getting new singles track listed. He also manages Starburst Promotions’ social media platforms and works as publicist on various projects. Furthermore, he is also a talented singer with years of experience in the Music Industry. His main focus, however, remains his position at Starburst Promotions.

Jacques Coetsee

Radio & Social Media Manager

Jacques Coetsee is the co-owner of Celebrity Tweets, promoting local talent, brands and shows. Since 2012, the brand established solid relationships with different radio stations, various DsTV channels, PR professionals and anyone you would call famous.
He successfully completed a certificate in Social Media Marketing through the University of Cape Town and have extensive experience in social media management and online marketing strategies. He’s passionate about photography, creative design and writing. Being part of the Starburst family is a dream-come-true.

Alani Coetsee

Publicist

Alani Coetsee co-owns the Celebrity Tweets brand, promoting local talent, brands and shows. Since 2012, the brand established solid relationships with different radio stations, various DsTV channels, PR professionals and anyone you would call famous. She worked as a personal tax consultant for seven years and successfully completed a Certificate in Taxation through the University of Pretoria. Her passion for the entertainment industry and what started as a hobby five years ago, turned into reality when she joined the Starburst Promotions team. She loves reading, is an avid photographer and built solid social media skills over the past five years. Being part of the Starburst team is something she regard highly.