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The Film Commission has five business units. 

  • Development and Production
  • Talent Development
  • Marketing 
  • International (which houses Incentives, Screen Attraction, and Enquiries)
  • Te Rautaki Māori

There are three support groups, Legal and Business Affairs, Finance and Resources. 

Corporate

  • David Strong

    David Strong

    Chief Executive

    Since 2006, David has been a specialist advisor to major motion pictures and international streaming TV series including Disney’s Mulan and Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series. He has written, directed and produced several independent short films that have won awards at international film festivals, as well as collaborating on large multi-media theatre productions.  

    In 2015, David was a founding member and inaugural Chair of ScreenSafe, an independent pan-industry body established to improve the New Zealand screen sector’s health and safety and ensure safe workplaces for all persons involved in screen production.

    Most recently David led the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE), at Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua Tertiary Education Commission.

    David is a former Lieutenant Colonel with a distinguished 22-year NZ Army career serving in the Middle East, Sarajevo, Bosnia and East Timor, with two United Nations Commendations for Service to Peace.

    Born and raised in Upper Hutt, David resides in Wellington.

  • Mladen Ivancic

    Chief Operating Officer

    Mladen leads the NZFC’s corporate functions, ensuring appropriate support to NZFC staff and programmes across Finance, Business Affairs, Operations and HR. He supports the CEO in the leadership and management of the NZFC and contributes to the strategic direction of the organisation. He also manages co-production approval, film certification  and has input into the NZFC’s interface with Government.

  • Tayla Hancock

    Policy Advisor

    Tayla provides policy and strategic advice to the NZFC team, co-ordinates our ministerial services and is leading the research and development of the NZFC Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. She has a Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology with experience in using visual research methods and understanding how marginalised communities are represented on screen. Prior to joining the NZFC, Tayla worked as a Senior Project Consultant for the Victoria Department of Justice in Melbourne and as a Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington.

  • Sarah McNaught

    Sarah McNaught

    Executive Assistant to the CEO

    Sarah is the Executive Assistant to the CEO. Sarah escaped from many years working in the finance world to finally get a position in the arts.

    Sarah spent seven years working at NZX as the EA to the CEO and CFO. Prior to that Sarah lived and worked in London for many years, and had EA roles at Goldman Sachs International and The Blackstone Group respectively.

Development and Production

Want to make a feature film or documentary? Then our Development and Production team are the people to talk to. The team is headed by Leanne Saunders and made up of members Christina Andreef, Johanna Smith, Marc Ashton, Mechele Harron, Angela Littlejohn, Olivier Leroy, Joel Rudolph, Ana Tovey, Vicky Jackways, Tom Kelly,  Polly Fryer, Kay Ellmers and Rachel Emery. 

Turning ideas into films

This team develops exciting ideas into great films. They will tell you what we can do to help your feature or documentary idea become a film, including script, shoot and post-production. Enquiries about Early Development Fund (EDF) and Advanced Development Fund (ADF) applications should be sent to Mechele and about production investment applications should be sent to Marc. Queries about the Screen Production Recovery Fund should be directed to Vicki and Tom and about Te Puna Kairangi - Premium Fund should be directed to Rachel.

This unit’s focus is working with filmmakers to create the best possible films, so if you want general assistance with your career then you need to talk to our Talent Development team.

  • 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 produced Hunt for the Wilderpeople with company partners Carthew Neal and Taika Waititi. 

  • Angela Littlejohn

    Angela Littlejohn

    Senior Investment Executive

    Angela Littlejohn spent 15 years working in the film and television industry in the United Kingdom, including six years as Drama Production Executive at Channel 4 and Film 4.  Upon returning to New Zealand, she was a producer on feature films Apron Strings, Show of Hands, Separation City and Slow West before moving into the Head of Production role at Pukeko Pictures. While there. Angela produced the acclaimed TV drama series Cleverman Season 1 & 2, a NZ/Australian co-production and was Series Producer on pre-school animation TV series Kiddets Season 1, the first NZ/China official TV co-production. In 2019 she joined Bunya Productions in Australia and produced Ivan Sen’s feature film Loveland, and Leah Purcell’s, The Drovers Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson.

    Most recently she has produced feature films Juniper and Millie Lies Low with Desray Armstrong.

  • Olivier Leroy

    Olivier Leroy

    Investment Executive

    French-born New Zealander Olivier Leroy began his film career as a Development and Production Assistant at French production company Gloria Films where he was responsible for overseeing financing applications from around the world. In this role he gained extensive experience in the logistic and legal requirements around international coproduction. He has worked at the NZFC since 2018, initially in a support role where he coordinated the Raupapa Whaakari series drama development initiative, before taking the role of Devolved Development Coordinator.

    Most recently he has coordinated the development of Te Puna Kairangi – Premium Fund.

  • Bryn Wiebe

    Investment Coordinator

    Bryn is originally from Canada, born in Winnipeg and lived in Vancouver and Toronto. Working for an international distributor, she resolved sales, delivery, and screening matters with clients in Australia, Japan, South America and the US. As a television broadcaster she coordinated the development, commissioning, and launch of award-winning primetime dramas and multilingual series in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi. Her global client list has included Netflix, Discovery UK & US, TVNZ and Viacom.

  • Christina Andreef

    Christina Andreef

    Development Executive

    Christina Andreef analyses feature and series scripts at all stages, and provides development advice to filmmakers.  She also gives feedback on film cuts-in-progress.  Christina is an award-winning filmmaker whose films have screened in over 80 festivals around the world - Excursion To The Bridge of Friendship (in official selection at Sundance & Cannes), The Gap (Sundance & Telluride) and Shooting The Breeze (Sundance & Berlin).  Her debut feature Soft Fruit opened the World Cinema Section of Sundance, screened in Critics’ Week in Cannes and had a U.S. theatrical release through Fox Searchlight.  In Australia it was nominated for 7 AACTA Awards including Best Original Screenplay and Best Director.  Christina has experience in screenplay adaptation and has taught screenwriting at Sydney Film School, Sydney University and University of Technology, Sydney. Having benefitted immensely from her early years as director’s assistant to Jane Campion, she finds great satisfaction in mentoring young and culturally diverse filmmakers. 

  • Johanna Smith

    Development Executive

    Johanna Smith (Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi) has worked in the screen and theatre industries in Aotearoa for over 20 years in a number of key positions including: writer, story producer, script editor, and script and development consultant.

    Jo is passionate about promoting diverse voices in the creative sector. Most recently she has been balancing her industry work with lecturing in screenwriting at Unitec’s Screen Arts degree. Writing credits currently on screen include: Shortland Street, Baby Mama’s Club (2018 NZTV Awards: Best Web Series), Baby Mama’s Club 2 and SIS (Comedy Central, Neon).

  • Ana Tovey

    Funding Executive

    Ana began her career working with the film exhibition sector with roles at Film London and the British Film Institute, and as an external assessor for a range of UK youth media and audience development funding schemes. Working with Chocolate Films, Ana produced video content for London’s top arts and heritage institutions, and managed youth and community filmmaking projects. Ana worked as an ABC Open Producer and Senior Features Reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, developing her specialism in short-form documentaries. Since returning home, Ana has worked as a Visual Journalist with Radio New Zealand, tutored on the Creative Media Production degree at Massey University, and worked as a documentary development producer and freelance video producer.  Ana has an MA in Visual Anthropology (Manchester University) and a BA in Film Studies (Victoria University). 

  • 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

    Mechele Harron

    Development Coordinator

    Mechele descends from Tainui/Taranaki whakapapa, with strong ties to Tūrangawaewae Marae and Parihaka Pa.  She started 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 and tamariki programmes.  Mechele provides administration support for the Development and Production team and is the key point of contact for feature film development enquires.

  • Joel Rudolph

    Development and Production Department Coordinator

    Joel has had an everchanging job description at the Film Commission, having taken on at least four different roles within the past year. Since leaving University where he gained a Masters in Theatre, he has worked on several live theatre productions in various roles including directing, stage and production management, sound design and marketing on projects ranging from devised work to opera. Standout experiences include working as the lead sound designer on a gender-swapped production of Hamlet and sitting in rehearsal rooms with an ensemble of opera singers in full voice.

  • Vicki Jackways

    Special Projects Manager

    Vicki began her film industry career in 1984 in Wellington with TVC production company Flying Fish.  In 2004 she joined Park Road Post Production as the new facility built up its client and production portfolio.  As Head of Marketing for Park Road and Stone Street and part of the senior leadership team she was  responsible for the business marketing strategy to attract and manage domestic and international projects from a financial, branding and client experience perspective. 

    Vicki has been on the Board and is currently President of WIFT NZ (Women In Film & Television) and in 2017 was a Co-Founder and Director of SETNZ (Screen Experience Trust NZ), an initiative to bring Hollywood executives into New Zealand on an eight-day familiarisation program in 2018 and 2019. 

  • Polly Fryer

    Polly Fryer

    Kaihautū o Te Puna Kairangi / Joint Head of Te Puna Kairangi Premium Fund

    Polly is an International Emmy nominated Producer who joined Netflix in 2018 as a Production and Post Executive. 

    In 2018 she was Associate Producer on Disney live action film Mulan and producer of the Original Netflix series Dark Tourist featuring David Farrier. Polly both produced and provided finance supervision for Modern Dinosaurs which is a factual series co-production with Discovery, Arte and Prime.

    Specialising in challenging projects and innovative solutions Polly loves collaborating with others which has led to a diverse range of roles and credits covering development, financing supervision, production and post on titles such as Baby Done, Tickled, Chasing Great, The Breaker Upperers, The Day That Changed My Life, and The Goden Hour.

  • Kay Ellmers

    Kay Ellmers

    Kaihautū o Te Puna Kairangi / Joint Head of Te Puna Kairangi Premium Fund

    Kay (Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Raukawa) currently Managing Director of Tūmanako Productions, is an award-winning filmmaker and past recipient of the WIFT Mana Wahine award, and Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori Award for broadcasting Ngā Tohu Reo Māori – Te Ao Pāpāho. She has been a Consultant Commissioner Documentary and Factual programmes for Māori Television, and mentored filmmakers through WIFT’s mentorship programme.

  • Rachel Emery

    Premium Fund Project Coordinator

    Rachel comes from a television and commercial background and has a range of experience from previous positions across production company, television network, client and agency sides. She has spent most of her career in Auckland including working at TVNZ and as a commercial producer. She has also been a development executive in London.

Talent Development

Need help with your career? Want to make some connections here or overseas? Would you like to make a short film? Then contact our Talent Development team. It is led by Dale Corlett and comprises Jude McLaren, Ange Senior, Rachel Corley and Nia Phipps.

Developing careers

Our focus is on finding, fostering, connecting and progressing exceptional New Zealand filmmaking talent. We help in the development of careers and making connections for you both here and overseas. We want to help local and expat producers, directors, writers and actors. The team is also responsible for our relationship with industry guilds and organisations, and for supporting short films, which are a valuable stepping stone to feature films. 

  • Dale Corlett

    Head of Talent Development

    Dale leads the Talent Development department. He is a funding decision maker on Kōpere Hou-Fresh Shorts, Catalyst He Kauahi, Talent Development Grants, the Interactive Development Fund, Boost Up and On-the-Job-Development grants. He is the lead contact with the New Zealand Screen Industry Guilds and organisations and is a decision maker on Industry Core funding programmes, Strategic Training and Diversity funding. He is also the lead on the internal NZFC Diversity and Inclusion working group. Dale is available to speak with about career progression and answer queries about all funding administered by Talent Development. Dale’s previous role since 2004 before joining NZFC was as CEO/Creative Director of GMAC Film in Scotland. He was responsible for identifying high quality emerging talent and supporting their progression from shorts to features and developing careers. He was also proactive in the creation of innovative, diversity-led and gender focused talent development programmes in Scotland. He is a graduate of Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School.

  • Jude McLaren

    Talent Pathways Manager

    Jude manages the On-the-Job Development Funding including coordinating internships, attachments, placements, and mentorships and is the lead contact for any producer enquiries for this fund. She manages the funding process for the annual Kōpere Hou - Fresh Shorts development and production process and works alongside industry partner Script to Screen to deliver the programme. She is a reader and assessor for both Kōpere Hou-Fresh Shorts and Catalyst He Kauahi shorts. Jude is available to answer filmmaker questions about On-the-Job Development as well as provide advice about career pathways and short film funding applications. Jude has extensive production and development experience in the New Zealand screen industry having worked as Production Manager, Postproduction Supervisor and Development Executive. She holds a BA in Theatre and Film from Victoria University, a Bachelor of Broadcast Communication from the New Zealand Broadcasting School, and a Certificate in Career Development with a chosen focus on the creative sector from AUT.

  • Ange Senior

    Talent Development Executive

    Ange is the key liaison person with the guilds and industry organisations. She manages the Industry Core funding programme, Strategic Training and Diversity funding, Talent Development Grants, Short Film International Festival Fund, and the Interactive Development Fund. She is also the lead contact for filmmakers regarding contracting and delivery milestones for Kōpere Hou-Fresh Shorts, Catalyst He Kauahi and Boost Up. Ange is available to provide application advice and answer filmmaker questions about short film funding, talent development grants, interactive development funding, and industry support funds. She is also a member of the internal NZFC Diversity and Inclusion working group. Prior to joining NZFC Ange spent ten years working as a Script Supervisor on a diverse range of film and television projects, from large scale television series to international feature films and short films. She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Film Production from the National Film School of Ireland. 

  • Nia Phipps

    Capability Fund Coordinator

    Nia co-ordinates the NZFC’s Capability Funding rounds as part of the NZFCs response to COVID-19. She works closely with the industry guilds and talent development partners and is the lead contact for filmmaker enquiries for this fund. A screen producer with over 20 years’ experience. Nia has worked with brands across the screen sector such as Loading Docs, Radio New Zealand TVNZ, NZME ad Stuff delivering highly shareable content to millions of eyes. Nia and team received the 2017 NZ On Air Best web series for Loading Docs. She is part of The Rebel Film Collective and is a graduate of South Seas Film School NZ.

  • Rachel Corley

    Rachel Corley

    Deliveries Coordinator

    Rachel (Ngā Puhi) has been a part of the NZFC whānau for over 9 years. Rachel has joined the TD team and takes care of the delivery of short films and interactive projects.

    Previously, Rachel has managed the Digitisation Programme for the NZFC and continues to do so for the Film Heritage Trust.

    Rachel has a Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications, Diploma in Photography and Graphic Design and her biggest achievements are her two amazing kids.

Marketing

Do you want to tell the world about your film? Our marketing team is run by Jasmin McSweeney and comprises of Kate Larkindale, Hayley Weston, Molly Littlejohn and Tracey Brown. We are focussed on getting more people watching great New Zealand feature films, both here and overseas. 

Connecting films with audiences

Jasmin is the person to talk to about dealing with sales agents, distributors and major festivals. Kate focuses on publications and marketing collateral for films, and oversees our video-on-demand (VOD) platform. Hayley co-ordinates festival submissions and assists Jasmin in promoting New Zealand films. Tracey looks after film materials and deliveries. Molly assists Jasmin and the team. For all media enquiries, please contact Jasmin McSweeney.

  • Jasmin McSweeney

    Head of Marketing

    Jasmin is responsible for the promotion and marketing of New Zealand films and the New Zealand Film Commission, 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 Film Commission has invested in including The World’s Fastest Indian, Boy, The Dark Horse, The Dead Lands, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Pork Pie and Chasing Great.

  • Kate Larkindale

    Marketing and Communications 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. She is also the author of four young adult novels, The Sidewalk's Regrets, Chasing the TaillightsAn Unstill Life and Stumped.

  • 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.

  • Hayley Weston

    Film Festival and Marketing Executive

    Hayley looks after domestic and international film festival and cultural screenings. She works with Jasmin on festival release strategy, submitting the work of our talented short and feature filmmakers, preparing for major international showcase markets and arranging delivery. With nearly 15 years’ experience in theatrical, festival and home entertainment distribution and marketing, Hayley has previously worked with Rialto Distribution, Reading Entertainment, Roadshow Films and as a guest Short Film Competition Juror for the Melbourne International Film Festival.

  • Molly Littlejohn

    Social Media and Marketing Coordinator

    Molly assists Head of Marketing, Jasmin McSweeney and the rest of the Marketing team. She graduated from Wellington’s Victoria University with a Bachelor’s degree in Film & Theatre. She has previously worked at Pukeko Pictures as a script assistant and educational advisor, and Disney Chanel AU/NZ as a presenter and content producer. With a love of entertainment Molly also emcee’s and manages trivia, karaoke and bingo nights around Wellington.

Te Rautaki Māori

Do you have a great Māori story you want to tell? We greatly value our unique Māori culture, and films with strong cultural elements are among the most successful in which we have invested , both here and overseas. 

Our team

Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka is the NZFC's Pou Whakahaere and leads on implementing Te Rautaki Māori with assistance from Kathryn Graham and Chantelle Watts.  Feel free to contact any one of these staff members with enquiries related to Māori stories. We want to help you make great Māori films for global audiences. 

  • Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka

    Pou Whakahaere

    Karen is responsible for ensuring the effective implementation of the NZFC’s Te Rautaki Māori. She is of Te Arawa descent, born and raised in Rotorua. Waaka is a producer with extensive experience in governance, culture, intellectual property rights, iwi and community organisations as well as active involvement in Māori screen issues. For the past 15 years she has been producer for Kura Productions, working with Quinton Hita on a range of television productions using te reo Māori. She has served as a board member of Ngā Aho Whakaari - the Māori in Film & Television collective and prior to her screen industry career, she worked extensively in the tourism industry in Rotorua.

  • Kathryn Ariana Graham

    Whakawhanake Hinonga/ Māori Development Executive

    Iwi: Ngati Koroki Kahukura

    Kathryn is responsible for developing talent across the Māori film industry, encouraging more Māori and Pasifika people to engage with the NZFC and implementing of the NZFC’s Te Rautaki Māori. Kathryn has worked as a creative director in the television industry across a wide genre of content from kids to primetime documentary. For the last 17 years Graham has been working inside the broadcast networks as a Commissioning Editor for both Television New Zealand and Māori Television supporting Māori and the use of te reo Māori inside the network environment and encouraging a diversity of content on mainstream networks.

International Team

The International Team looks after Incentives, International Screen Attraction and International Relations. This team works with many organisations and individuals both here and overseas. Catherine Bates administers the Government’s New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG).  Chris Payne connects New Zealand and international talent and works with government agencies offshore on co-production treaties. Philippa Mossman is responsible for attracting international productions to New Zealand and connecting them with our local industry.

Support team

Supporting Catherine, Chris and Philippa are Mel Read, Jacqui Wood, Nicola Lemberg, Hana Botha, Tom Kelly, Monique Andrews and Pam McCabe.

  • 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 New Zealand Film Commission'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 New Zealand Film Commission’s first point of contact for overseas posts and the Film Commission’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 25 years’ experience in the New Zealand production sector, including at state broadcaster Television New Zealand, where she held senior roles in production, commissioning, channel management and partnership.

  • Mel Read

    Incentives Executive

    Mel works to provide administrative support during the application process for the New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG). 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.

  • Tom Kelly

    Incentives Executive

    Tom began his career in the Scotland as production manager of shorts and factual television. Since becoming a New Zealander he has worked on local and international films including Mulan, Coming Home in the Dark, Shopping, and Second Hand Wedding, as well as a wide range of documentary television shows.  Most recently he has been working at the NZFC coordinating the Screen Production Recovery Fund.

  • Monique Andrews

    Incentives Coordinator

    As the Incentives Coordinator Monique assists with the administration of the NZSPG New Zealand and International.

    Previously she worked her way around the accounts departments on film productions in the Wellington region, as a Clerk, Payroll Assistant and Assistant Accountant. Monique has a Bachelor of Communications from Massey University.

  • Jacqui Wood

    International Enquiries Executive

    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. 

  • Hana Botha

    International Attractions Coordinator

    Hana assists the Attractions Team with enquiries from and outreach to international productions considering New Zealand as a filming destination. She has a background of working on film sets in a wide variety of roles and departments including Locations, Production, Stunts and Horses.

     

  • Pam McCabe

    Office Coordinator

    Pam supports the staff in the international area's enquiries and incentives teams and is likely to be the first person you meet when you engage with them.

  • Nicola Lemberg

    Promotions Coordinator

    Nicola coordinates the PR and Promotions for the New Zealand Screen Production Grant. She comes from a background in film studio release publicity and social media marketing. Nicola graduated from AUT University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Television and Screen Production.

Legal and Business Affairs

The Legal and Business Affairs team is Katie Baker, Kate Mooney, Grace Alexander and Bonnie Mahon.

Katie, Grace, Kate and Bonnie are responsible for all contractual matters and manage the Te Ahi Kā programme as well as providing legal support across the orgnaisation. 

  • Katie Baker

    Legal and Business Affairs Manager

    Katie provides commercial and legal advice.  She deals with a broad range of contractual and compliance matters  including those related to film closings. Katie gained experience in commercial law firms in New Zealand (including as an external advisor to the Film Commission) and in the United Kingdom. Katie works part time and looks after her two young children when she isn’t at the Film Commission.

  • Bonnie Mahon

    Business Affairs Executive

    Bonnie works across all areas in the Business Affairs team, providing legal advice within the NZFC on a broad range of contractual and other legal matters. Bonnie has legal experience in both the public and private sectors in New Zealand and is excited to put this to use in the film industry. She has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Otago University.

     

  • Kate Mooney

    Business Affairs Executive

    Kate provides legal and administrative support to the Business Affairs team. She graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a conjoint Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Film and Media, and completed an exchange to Stockholm University, Sweden in 2016. Having also worked at the Light House Cinema, Kate is passionate about the film industry, particularly the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making it all happen.

  • Grace Alexander

    Business Affairs Executive

    Grace has a background in entertainment and commercial law, having previously acted for producers and other creatives at a specialist entertainment law firm. She has experience providing advice and support across many legal aspects of the screen industry, from financing and development to production and distribution. At the NZFC, Grace supports the Business Affairs team by providing legal assistance on a broad range of contractual and commercial matters, including film closings.

Finance

Our Finance team is headed by Mladen Ivancic and includes Dominique Fromont and Carol Wang. They are responsible for managing the New Zealand Film Commission's financial and information management systems.

What we do

Mladen is responsible for the administration of co-production applications and works alongside Government agencies on the negotiation of new co-production agreements. Dominique manages royalty reports and film income from domestic and international distributors, sales agents and collection agencies. 

  • 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 New Zealand Film Commission, Dominique worked at various arts and film organisations including Three Foot Six Ltd, Film New Zealand, Wingnut Films and the New Zealand International Arts Festival.

  • Carol Wang

    Assistant Accountant

    Carol works on the management of financial information for the organisation, and to provide general assistance to Film Commission staff with financial administration.

Resources

  • Simon Brash

    Digital Advisor

    Simon is responsible for overseeing new digital initiatives, including the implementation of online application forms. 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.

  • 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 New Zealand, the UK and Australia in a range of industries as diverse as Customs, wholesale food distribution, life insurance and policing.  Before starting at the New Zealand Film Commission he was responsible for IT at the New Zealand Festival.

  • Virginia Ng

    People and Culture Manager

    Virginia looks after the human resources function at NZFC supporting the CEO and Leadership team as well as the staff.

    She has over 15 years' experience in HR, Workforce Development, Recruitment and Resourcing working in both the private and public sectors.    

Last updated: 
Monday, 28 June 2021