Three industry leaders have joined Film New Zealand’s board of trustees, who attended their first board meeting in Wellington last Friday. They are:
Gary Little, managing director and founder of Digital Post Limited, New Zealand’s first digital film and television post-production facility which is based in Auckland;
Jos Ruffell, business development executive at Sidhe, New Zealand’s largest game production studio which is based in Wellington;
Kevin (KJ) Jennings, who runs the Film Queenstown Film Office and is executive manager of Film Otago Southland. He has been elected by the seven regional film offices with whom Film New Zealand has partnership agreements.
Film New Zealand’s chair Julian Grimmond said the diverse and high-level industry experience of the new trustees would bring added benefits to Film New Zealand, which is New Zealand’s national film office.
Other trustees are: Wellington-based producer and line producer Julie Elstone, Wanaka-based production accountant Keith Mackenzie and Sarah Cull who is the trustee nominated by the New Zealand Film Commission. Line producer Murray Francis has been invited to continue as a trustee for one further year, to assist with the transition to Film New Zealand’s new strategic direction for consolidated marketing and promotional activity, which was announced in August.
Film New Zealand has also appointed advertising expert Howard Greive of the Assignment Group as marketing advisor to the Board. His 1999 Saatchi & Saatchi ‘Bugger’ commercial for Toyota has been voted as one of New Zealand’s five favourite commercials from the 1980s and 1990s.