Richard Driver takes over as MD of Greenstone from founder John Harris, who sold the company to Australia’s CJZ.Driver has no shortage of TV experience, from his early days as presenter of Radio With Pictures through time managing production houses Maxwell, Screentime and Visionary. He also started up the Documentary Channel on Sky, which became BBC Knowledge after Driver sold it in 2010.
As a producer he’s delivered programming for all NZ’s major FTA broadcasters as well as for Australian networks. His programmes have been nominated and awarded at numerous local and international festival events. Driver also chaired the panel of judges for the Qantas Film & TV Awards, and was a trustee of Documentary NZ Trust.
Greenstone and CJZ CEO Matt Campbell welcomed Driver, saying, “Richard’s appointment is a turning point for Greenstone TV … I’m looking forward to working closely with such a creative and versatile leader.”
Since taking over at Greenstone, CJZ has looked to expand its relationships in NZ through its Next Big Idea pitch competition, which was won by NZ Film & Television School student Malorie Carey. CJZ also entered into further discussions with several other filmmakers as a result of the ideas they pitched.
Driver said he was “enthusiastic and energized” about joining about joining a company with a track record of producing hit shows for New Zealand & Australian audiences. “That drive to create fresh and exciting content for local & international viewers will stand as a key priority for Greenstone TV.”
Driver takes up his new role on Tuesday 12 August.