He is multi-talented filmmaker with over 24 years of work experience in Advertising and Marketing, having worked for 13 years in the creative and production departments of Mullen Lowe Lintas Ghana and rose to the level of the Executive Director of Ad Vantage Productions a subsidiary of the Ad Vantage Group before setting up Farmhouse Productions Limited in 2006.
Ivan’s work in film has won him over 20 local and international awards including the prestigious Pan African Film Festival (FESPACO – OUAGADOUGOU 1993) award for Best Short Feature and several awards for Mullen Lowe Lintas Ghana at the Gong Gong Awards organized by the Advertising Association of Ghana and TV Progamme and TV Advert of the Year Awards at the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana – CIMG Awards.
Ivan directed the award winning TV serial drama ‘Things we do for Love’ which focused on adolescent reproductive health and a host of other top TV programmes and video documentaries for clients including, UNDP, UNICEF, Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programmes, (JHU/CCP) GSMF International, Unilever Ghana Limited, Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited, GIZ, DFID, West Africa Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo), Tullow Oil, MTN Ghana and Liberia, Vodafone, Promasidor Ghana Limited and The Gambia Social Marketing Management Programme.
His current TV Serial, YOLO – ‘You Only Live Once’ which won seven out of eight awards at the Ghana Movie Awards 2016 is produced for the National Population Council and its partners under the Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health Programme – GHARP funded by the UKAID and USAID and facilitated by the FHI360 and the Palladium Group.
Ivan’s company Farmhouse Productions Limited also produces MTN Apps Challenge; an App development competition and MTN’s Heroes of Change, an annual television program which awards people involved in social intervention programs in there communities in the areas of Health, Economic Empowerment and Education.
Ivan also had training in branding, advertising copywriting and production in Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lebanon and the United Kingdom.