Our internal structure is based on four business units (Development and Production, Talent Development, Marketing, and the International area which houses Incentives, Screen Attraction and Enquiries) and three support groups (Business Affairs, Finance and Strategy and Research) all linked by strong connections across the organisation.
On August 1 2015, the NZFC assumed responsibility for the functions of Film New Zealand and FNZ staff were absorbed into the NZFC's International and Marketing teams.
Meet the team:
Dave Gibson – Chief Executive
Dave has produced feature films and television programmes that have sold in more than eighty countries worldwide. He has co-produced major television drama series and feature films with partners based in Canada, Britain, Australia, Germany and Sweden. He is on the Board of Directors for Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) and has served on the board of the New Zealand Drama School and was the inaugural Chair of the New Zealand Independent Producers and Directors Guild. He was the Chairman of Project Blue Sky (a major New Zealand film and television initiative that won the CER court case in Australia) and in 1997/1998 was the President of SPADA. Dave was awarded the honour of SPADA Industry Champion in 2005. In 2012 he was appointed an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in recognition of his services to the film and television industries.
Jenny Grant - Assistant to the CEO
Jen is responsible for looking after the CEO and assists with the NZFC Board. She has several years’ administration experience in Wellington’s private and government sector. When she is not wrangling the CE’s diary or uploading board papers, Jen sings in a Wellington band. She has performed in musical theatre productions for over 20 years and can be relied on to find a song for every occasion.
Hayley Hewer - Front of House Coordinator
Hayley is likely to be the first person you meet at the NZFC whether you call us up or visit in person. Wellington has recently gained Hayley as a new resident after her return from ten years across the ditch where she worked as a talent agent, shaping the careers of Australia’s best and brightest talents in theatre, film and television. Hayley is an exhibiting artist - when she’s not manning the front desk she can be found in her studio, painting, drawing and creating from whatever draws inspiration.
Development and Production
Leanne Saunders - Head of Development and Production
Leanne is responsible for overseeing the development of films from the early development stage through to the end of post-production. Her department focuses on supporting exciting ideas to become great films. Leanne has over 15 years’ experience in film and television production. Her feature film credits include The Weight of Elephants, Born to Dance, The Devil’s Rock, Christmas and Desert. With Headstrong co-founder Ant Timpson, Leanne executive produced low budget features The Devil Dared Me To and A Song of Good. More recently, through Piki Films, Leanne has produced with company partners Carthew Neal and Taika Waititi, Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Karin Williams - Development Executive
Karin descends from Cook Islands ‘akapapa on her father’s side. Her mother’s ancestors arrived in Aotearoa from Britain in the mid-1800s. This bicultural genealogy makes Karin a proud Kiwi who is passionate about the stories of her tupuna on both sides. She began her career as a journalist on Rarotonga and went on to work in New Zealand and the USA as a writer, director and producer for broadcast, film and theatre. Her award-winning independent documentaries, short films and theatre productions have shown at festivals around the world.
Chris Moll - Investment Executive
Chris is an award-winning producer and senior film executive. Formerly UK-based, he spent 15 years as an independent producer, firstly with Aardman Animations for whom he produced the Oscar and BAFTA-winning The Wrong Trousers, and subsequently with his own commercials and broadcast companies Hellzapoppin Pictures and Harvest Films. Since 2004, he’s focussed on developing, packaging and executive producing a wide range of live action features with partners such as BBC Films, BFI and Film4. Lady Macbeth, The Girl with All the Gifts, Of Time and the City and Nowhere Boy are among his many film credits. Chris has also enjoyed commissioning and leadership roles at several UK screen agencies including Head of Film at Creative England. A champion of emerging and regionally-based filmmakers, Chris was the driving force behind iFeatures, the UK’s most lauded low-budget feature film development and production lab.
Marc Ashton - Production Executive
Marc’s career in film began in the early 90s in multiplex management and distribution across the east coast of Australia at the height of Hoyts Corp’s expansion. This was followed by over two decades in domestic and international film and television production; starting on the studio floor in a variety of technical crew roles. He has had a successful freelance career as assistant director and/or co-producer at the highest level of production with many prominent filmmakers both in New Zealand and Australia, as well as short stints in the US and China. His credits as 1st AD include Top of the Lake, Hope and Wire and Boy and his co-producer credits include The Lovely Bones and Terminus.
Mechele Harron - Development Coordinator
Mechele descends from Tainui/Taranaki whakapapa, with strong ties to Tūrangawaewae Marae and Parihaka Pa. She started out her career as a news journalist before heading into the world of Television and working her way up to becoming a Producer at Māori Television in Tamāki Makaurau, enabling her to produce many Māori language programmes including historical documentary series’s and tamariki programmes. Mechele provides administration support for the Development team and is the key point of contact for Feature film development enquires.
Adrianne Roberts - Devolved Development Co-ordinator
Adrianne is responsible for facilitating the smooth running of the Devolved Development Programmes. Development initiatives include He Ara for Pasifika filmmakers, Seed and Seed Advanced with the New Zealand Writers’ Guild, and The A-Z of Producing and Boost for both emerging and more established film producers. Adrianne is a Theatre and Media Studies graduate from Victoria University, and has a background as an arts marketer and producer with her company ‘Show Pony’. She has produced and toured theatre and dance works by New Zealanders to various arts festivals in New Zealand and internationally including Australia, the UK and Europe, and South Korea.
Dale Corlett – Head of Talent Development
Dale is responsible for leading the Talent Development department. This department focuses on finding, fostering, connecting and progressing talent from across the film value chain. Dale leads on Premiere Pathways, Fresh Shorts, Talent Development Grants and numerous other talent development initiatives. He is the primary contact with the New Zealand Screen Industry Guilds. He is available to speak with about career pathways and funding options. Before joining the Commission in 2015 Dale, a kiwi, had been living and working in the UK for the past 16 years, most recently as CEO/Creative Director of GMAC Film in Scotland. In this role since 2004, Dale was responsible for identifying high quality emerging talent and supporting them to develop a career in the film industry. He was also proactive in the creation of innovative diversity-led talent development programmes in Scotland.
Jude McLaren– Talent Pathways Manager
Jude manages the funding process for the bi-annual Fresh Shorts rounds, including development labs. She supports film makers in their career development from the short to feature space. Jude is also available to speak with about career pathways and funding options. Jude has extensive production and development experience in the New Zealand screen industry. Commencing her career initially as Production Manager and then Development Executive at the Gibson Group. In 2013 Jude graduated from AUT with a Certificate in Career Development with a chosen focus on the creative sector.
Paul Fagamalo – Talent Development Manager
Paul manages the talent development grants and industry training initiatives, including internships and skills shortage training. He liaises with guilds and industry organisations. He is available to speak with about professional development opportunities for New Zealand filmmakers. Paul comes from a production and performing arts background in Television, Theatre and Online. A graduate of both AUT and the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts in Auckland, he has also performed nationally and internationally and is particularly interested in helping to grow the Pacific Arts community. Recently he was involved in helping develop and produce online content for The Coconet, and helped produce up-and-coming dance company Fine Fatale.
Ange Senior - Talent Development Coordinator
Ange coordinates and facilitates the smooth running of the Talent Development Team, particularly around Fresh Shorts, Premiere Pathways and other talent development initiatives. She provides support to the Head of Talent Development, Dale Corlett; the Talent Pathways Manager, Jude McLaren; and the Talent Development Manager, Paul Fagamalo. Ange began her career in the Irish film and television industry as a script supervisor after graduating from the National Film School of Ireland. She has spent the last ten years working on a diverse range of film and television projects, from large scale tv shows to feature films and shorts.
Simon Brash - Digital Advisor & Production Researcher
Simon is responsible for overseeing new digital initiatives, including the implementation of online application forms and overseeing the NZFC's social media strategy. Coming from a background in Marketing, Communications and IT at Film New Zealand, Simon applies his experience to this role in order to improve communications with the industry and streamline event management on behalf of the Talent Development team. In conjunction with this role, Simon assists the International Screen Attraction team with responses to location, facilities and crew advice enquiries. Simon provides systems support to both teams.
Jasmin McSweeney - Head of Marketing
Jasmin is responsible for the promotion and marketing of New Zealand films and the NZFC, in New Zealand and internationally. She consults with filmmakers, international sales agents and distributors on international film festival and market placement. Within New Zealand, she assists distributors and filmmakers to identify and engage with their film’s audience through test screenings, audience research and distribution grants. Since 2005, Jasmin has been involved with the marketing and promotion of most of the films the NZFC has invested in including The World’s Fastest Indian, Black Sheep, Eagle vs Shark, The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, Boy, The Dark Horse and The Dead Lands.
Kate Larkindale - Marketing Executive
Kate supports Jasmin in promoting New Zealand films locally. She has over 20 years experience in exhibtion and distribution, having managed cinemas in New Zealand and Australia. She has worked on numerous film festivals, acted as distributor for many films and been a film reviewer in print and on TV.
Lesa MacLeod-Whiting - Marketing and Festival Co-ordinator
Lesa works with Jasmin to promote and market NZ films both internationally and abroad. She is a Modern Languages graduate from Victoria University of Wellington and is proficient in Italian and Spanish. She has lived in Italy, Spain and in the UK working in education. She also has over two years of cinema management experience.
Tracey Brown - Film Materials Manager
Tracey manages the delivery of all feature film materials and collateral. She works closely with filmmakers and post-production facilities to arrange material orders for fulfilling distribution agreements both nationally and internationally. Tracey has 16 years’ experience in post-production and has most recently been working as a Post-Production Producer at Park Road Post. She has worked on a long list of films including Home By Christmas, West of Memphis, The Hobbit films, The Orator, and The Adventures of TinTin.
Nick Garrett - Community Manager
Nick comes from a filmmaking background. He won the prestigious “Best Film” prize at the Orewa College Year 12 Media Studies awards; still his biggest achievement to date. After making heaps of short films, starting a company and branching out into composing music for theatre, films and advertising, Nick has settled in to helping New Zealand’s young and emerging filmmakers engage with the NZFC. Having been on the opposite side as a young filmmaker, (applying for different types of funding, getting turned down etc.), Nick understands the shortfalls and is also committed to listening to filmmakers to address these issues from within the organisation. He sits within the Marketing team but also works closely with Development and Production and Talent Development.
Strategy and Research
Marg Lawson - Strategy and Insights Advisor
Marg develops and delivers research and evaluation insights to support the continued strategic development and success of the industry. She works with film makers, audiences, senior leadership team, and cross-sector agencies. She has a background in government and private sector qualitative and quantitative research. She loves talking about how research insights can help.
Incentives and International Relations
Catherine Bates - Head of Incentives
Catherine manages the NZSPG, with a particular focus on the 5% Uplift, an additional grant that international productions which qualify for the 20% NZSPG and offer significant economic benefits to New Zealand may apply to receive. She is the NZFC's first point of contact for New Zealand government agencies in relation to the 5% Uplift and works closely with international productions and New Zealand government partners to deliver strong outcomes for all. Catherine began her career at Tourism New Zealand and whilst there was involved with the development of the New Zealand destination brand and global 100% Pure New Zealand campaign. Highlights of her career include development of the New Zealand Story and leadership of the NZ Inc Hobbit leverage programme, in particular the NZ Inc relationship with Wingnut Films and Warner Bros Los Angeles.
Chris Payne - Head of International Relations
Chris facilitates introductions, relationships and opportunities for New Zealand filmmakers and international partners. He is the NZFC’s first point of contact for overseas posts and the NZFC’s sister agencies internationally. Chris works with the Head of Incentives to secure effective talent development outcomes for New Zealand filmmakers on international productions seeking the 5% Uplift. Chris has worked in development and production in New Zealand and Japan for well over a decade. In addition to feature film, Chris has worked across television, commercials and music videos, as well as in business development roles in the corporate sector.
Philippa Mossman - Head of International Screen Attraction
Philippa is the key conduit between overseas production customers and local industry specialists. She oversees the provision of specialist screen services, including an international screen business enquiry service, and manages key relationships with New Zealand’s major international production customers. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the New Zealand production sector, most recently at state broadcaster Television New Zealand, where she held senior roles in production, channel management, programming and partnership.
Chris Tyson - Incentives Executive
An experienced line producer, Chris has over 20 years' experience in the New Zealand film industry and will primarily manage the application process for the New Zealand Screen Production Grant, including answering enquiries, receiving and reviewing applications and convening meetings to consider applications.
Mel Read - Incentives Coordinator
Mel works alongside Chris Tyson to provide administrative support during the application process for the New Zealand Screen Production Grant. Mel has previously worked in radio broadcasting and direct marketing, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film & Theatre from Victoria University of Wellington. She has also worked as an usher for the New Zealand International Film Festival since 2003.
Jemma Taylor - International PR and Promotions Specialist
Jemma is based in Auckland and oversees the delivery of the PR and promotional plan for international attractions, incentives and international relations. Her key responsibilities include the delivery of our international promotional campaigns and 5% uplift leverage activity, event management and the creation of international content for NZFC’s website and social media. Jemma previously worked as Film Specialist at Tourism New Zealand where she promoted New Zealand as a tourism destination through movies including The Hobbit Trilogy and Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, giving her a detailed understanding of film marketing. Prior to this Jemma worked as a Reporter and Producer at Television New Zealand.
Raymond Suen - Asia Outreach Executive
Raymond connects with storytellers and stories from New Zealand’s Asian communities, to raise awareness of the NZFC and New Zealand screen sector, and avenues for project and career development. Raymond works with industry to increase the number of Asian New Zealanders working across the sector, engaging with and leveraging creative, investment and audience opportunities with Asia. He has spent over a decade in the cinema industry, as a film programmer for Event Cinemas NZ, looking after Asian films, alternative content and festivals, project managing the HKNZBA Hong Kong Film Festival, coordinating the Japan Foundation JFFNZ and served as a committee member for the Korean Cinerama Trust KFFNZ. Raymond is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Jacqui Wood - Enquiries Manager
Jacqui is the enquiries manager providing responses to location, facilities and crew advice requests. She has several years of experience as a film commissioner in the South Island and has worked with leading New Zealand producers and directors as a production coordinator on feature films and television series.
Pam McCabe - Office Co-ordinator
Pam supports the staff in the international area's enquiries and incentives team and is likely to be the first person you meet when you engage with them.
Chloe McLoughlin - Head of Business Affairs
Chloe has responsibility for all contractual matters, including film closing and sales and distribution contracts. Chloe was previously a Senior Associate at a commercial law firm, and has had a connection with the NZFC for more than 10 years.
Rochelle Cooney - Senior Business Affairs Executive
Rochelle provides in-house legal and commercial advice including contractual arrangements for production financing and international distribution of NZFC films. Rochelle has previously worked in an in-house legal team in London and as a lawyer in a commercial law firm.
Conal Thompson - Business Affairs Executive
Conal provides administrative and legal support to the Business Affairs team, as well as assisting in contractual matters. Conal graduated from the University of Auckland with a conjoint Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Film, Television and Media. He has experience working both behind and in front of the camera in numerous local productions.
Chanel Christie - Te Ahi Kā Assistant
Chanel provides legal support and commercial advice, in relation to the NZFC’s back catalogue Te Ahi Kā films, for contractual, sales and distribution arrangements. Chanel graduated from the University of Otago, having also completed an exchange to Uppsala University, Sweden, and fluently speaks Portuguese, Spanish and French.
Mladen Ivancic - Chief Financial Officer
Mladen has overall responsibility for our financial and marketing information systems. In addition, he monitors aspects of feature film financing and budgets, manages co-production approval and film certification and has input into policy development and our interface with Government.
Dominique Fromont - Film Income Manager
Dominique is responsible for royalties’ collection including monitoring reports and income from international collection agencies. Prior to coming to the NZFC, Dominique has worked at various arts and film organisations including Three Foot Six Ltd, Film New Zealand, Wingnut Films and the New Zealand International Arts Festival.
Bonnie Tonkin - Accountant
Bonnie manages all our accounting and financial information management. She also manages the NZFC Film Income account and distributes collected film income to investors and filmmakers. Bonnie has several years of accounts experience, including her last role at DOC.
Carol Wang - Assistant Accountant
Carol works with Bonnie on the management of financial information for the organisation, and to provide general assistance to NZFC staff with financial administration.
Rowan Aitken - System Administrator
Rowan has responsibility for ensuring our IT runs smoothly. Rowan has had a long and varied 30+ year career in IT, working in NZ, the UK and Australia in a range of industries as diverse as Customs, wholesale food distribution, life insurance and policing. Before starting at the NZFC he was responsible for ICT at the New Zealand Festival.