Meet TV Boss With Kenyan Roots Heading 4 Companies in South Africa

  • Photo collage of Dillon Khan, the Vice President of Paramount’s Comedy Central
    Photo collage of Dillon Khan, the Vice President of Paramount’s Comedy Central
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  • Dillon Khan never pictured himself heading four companies and shaping the movie industry in South Africa when he started as an intern.

    Khan, whose parents were born in Kenya, is the Vice President of Paramount’s Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Viacom International Studios and Creative Services for Africa.

    According to The Citizen, his achievements include the launching of MTV Africa. 

    MTV Africa is an African pay television from Paramount Networks. It focuses mainly on rebroadcasting MTV US content and airing locally-produced reality series.

    File Photo of Dillon Khan, the Vice President of Paramount’s Comedy Central
    File Photo of Dillon Khan, the Vice President of Paramount’s Comedy Central
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    Before Khan climbed the corporate ladder, he was a freelance journalist in the United Kingdom.

    He had a short stint writing for the Evening Standard and BBC Radio. However, an internship opportunity at MTV changed his career prospect completely. 

    The experience as an intern allowed him to write a book called the Intern and this shaped his TV career.

    After a successful internship period at MTV, Khan joined Viacom Africa.

    MTV re-poached him in 2014, making him the director for the continent.

    His impact in the TV industry can be felt globally. At the helm of Comedy Central, Khan gives African talents a platform to showcase their work.

    "The idea of having musicians to showcase their craft to the rest of the world was irresistible. 

    "It gives the comedians not just the opportunity to do well in their own countries but also places them on a global platform," Khan told The Citizen.

    In expanding Comedy Central to reach more African creatives, Khan explained that his ambition is to reach shape the careers of as many artists as possible in Africa.

    "I think giving a voice to the continent makes me super, super excited to be giving opportunities to talent in front of the camera, time behind the camera to businesses, and organisations to creating a viable business opportunity. Everyone can benefit from this. I think that’s super, super rewarding," he concluded.

    File Photo of Dillon Khan, the Vice President of Paramount’s Comedy Central
    File Photo of Dillon Khan, the Vice President of Paramount’s Comedy Central
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