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Film NZ names new board members

Film NZ announced late Tuesday that it has appointed three new members to its Board of Trustees, along with a marketing advisor. The three new Trustees attended their first Board meeting in Wellington on Friday.

Gary Little founded and is managing director of New Zealand’s first digital film and television post-production facility, Auckland-based Digital Post Limited, in 1990.

Jos Ruffell is business development executive at Sidhe, New Zealand’s largest game production studio which is based in Wellington. He’s also chairman of the New Zealand Games, Animation and Visual Effects Trust (NZGAV), which runs the annual AnimfxNZ conference (5 – 7 November).

Kevin (KJ) Jennings 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 which Film New Zealand has partnership agreements.

The three new Trustees replace founding Trustees Peter Avery and Sue Thompson, and Trustee Dame Cheryll Sotheran, who have resigned.

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 and Saatchi “Bugger” commercial for Toyota was voted as one of New Zealand’s five favourite commercials from the 1980s and 1990s.

The search for a replacement for CEO Judith McCann, who resigned in August, continues.

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