The Team

  • Alishia van Deventer

    Managing Director / Publicist
    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 (Full-time)
    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

    Radio Specialist / Social Media Manager
    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.

  • Monica Steyn

    Publicist / Owner MS Publicity
    MS Publicity, which was started by Monica Steyn in 2013, is a specialist PR agency covering publicity, media profiling and brand building.  Providing services across all genres of entertainment, the company provides a network of expertise and skills and has developed vital and lasting relationships within the media and associated partners.
    With over 16 years of experience, which include running the PR divisions for Sting Music, The Victory Theatre and Ramkietjie, Monica has been pivotal in many successful campaigns over the years.    
    MS Publicity currently handles the exclusive PR for Tumi Morake, Riaad Moosa and Khanyisa Bunu, as well as the PG Comics stable (including Chris Forrest, Mojak Lehoko, Warren Robertson and Ebenhaezer Dibakwane) and singer/songwriter, Garth Taylor.  We are currently also handling the PR for Ashoka – the newly opened Indian restaurant at Times Square in Menlyn, Pretoria.   
    MS Publicity has worked with many renowned local and international acts including US actor/comedian, Orlando Jones, Conrad Koch, Nik Rabinowitz and Stuart Taylor, as well as top Bollywood sensations including Adnan Sami, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal and Atif Aslam and the Broadway production of Mystic India.  The latest new project to come through Blu Blood is handling the PR for the Pretoria franchise for the upcoming T20 Global League Cricket Tournament, of which Osman Osman from Blu Blood is owner.  
    This also includes working on various festival and events including The Kings & Queens of Comedy, Proudly Coloured Comedy and the children’s productions Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Pirate Adventures and Smurfs Live on Stage (2017). 
    MS Publicity is also currently involved with Starburst Promotions in some of the top grossing South African films including Keeping Up With The Kandasamys, Vir Altyd and Leading Lady (which featured US actor, Gil Bellows and UK actress, Katie McGrath).