Mercy Murugi


Public bio

Mercy Murugi is a Producer whose heart is deeply embedded in Africa. Although she was born in Nairobi, Kenya, Mercy grew up all over the country, never settling in one town for more than 2 years. She worked in one of Kenya’s leading TV stations, NTV in soaps before discovering that she had a passion for being in the field rather than in the studio. Mercy then moved one of the leading production service companies in East and Central Africa as a Production Assistant, and moved quickly through the ranks to Production Manager / Line Producer. Mercy has worked with National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC, amongst other global production houses and TV channels. She has also worked at an Advertising Agency as a Production Manager / Traffic Controller, but location filming still beckoned. Mercy’s adaptability and flexibility saw her work in various production departments, from Associate Producer, Location Manager, AD to Production Manager. Filming in rural, almost ignored parts of Africa affirmed to that her calling was to make films about real people whom the society seemed to have forgotten. Together with her partner, the award-winning director, Nathan Collett, Mercy co-owns Hot Sun Films, a production company in Kenya that taps new talents and tells stories from and about people seldom seen on screen. We make films to entertain, raise awareness and cause social transformation. Through our non-profit arm, Hot Sun Foundation and Kibera Film School, where we train and develop new talents amongst the youth and the children of the urban slums of Africa. Presently, Mercy is producing is a feature film, Togethernsss Supreme, set and shot in Kibera, Africa’s largest shanty town. The film is in post production. Mercy’s Filmography Producer - Currently • Togetherness Supreme (Working Title) – Feature Film – Hot Sun Films, Kenya Production Manager /Associate Producer / Line Producer / AD • Girl Child Education (not completed) - Documentary The Documentary Group, USA • Kellogg School 100th Anniversary - Documentary Exclaim – Inc, USA • Hedex - TVC Ogilvy & Mather • Worse than War - Documentary JTN Productions, USA • Dettol - TVC Lowe Scanad • Degrassi Goes to Kenya - Documentary MTV Canada • ‘Feed the Children’ - Infomercial Outlaw Films / Aviva, UK • Canon - Stills Photography Vue Films, UK • Hunter Hunted – The Cape Buffalo Docu - Drama National Geographic • CCK - TVC Access Leo Burnett • Pesa Point TVC Ayton Young & Rubicam • UUNET TVC Ogilvy & Mather Production Co-ordinator / AD / Location Manager • Africa Mon Amor – Feature Film Moovie, Germany/ Blue Sky Films, Kenya • Bank of Africa - TVC Express Advertising • Who Do You Think You Are – Documentary Wall to Wall (BBC) • Medical Mysteries - Documentary Discovery Channel / Scream Films • DHL – ‘The African Challenge’ Corporate Video Marklund Films, Sweden • Stranded with Cash Peters - Reality TV - Travel Show Discovery: The Travel Channel • Brookside ‘Modern Mum’ - TVC Access Leo Burnett • AmEx - Advertising Campaign Westside Studios, Canada • WHO – Children’s Health Documentary Ontos Media, USA • Live 8 Concerts Music Video footage Gorgeous Enterprises Continuity / AD • ‘Maua’, a local soap opera aired on NTV 2003 • ‘By Any Means Necessary’, short film by Cajetan Boy