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Hong Kong DELF 2013: Wellington gets on board

Two major Wellington-based producers head to Hong Kong next week to present at this year’s Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum (DELF), Pushing the Limits.

The event has run most years since 2006 under the stewardship of its Hawkes Bay-based creator Hal Josephson, founder of international business development company MediaSense. His clients have included Apple, Motorola, AT&T, MIP organiser Reed-Midem and, in Hong Kong, DELF host Cyberport.

This year’s programme features Dave Gibson, Pukeko Pictures’ Martin Baynton, and lawyer Michael Stephens (making his third appearance at DELF).

Stephens and Josephson are also producers, most recently of Alex Galvin’s independent feature Eternity, which was partly incubated at Cyberport, shot and posted in HK and NZ, and held its Wellington premiere recently ahead of its Auckland premiere the same day as DELF runs in Hong Kong.

Gibson will deliver a keynote to the forum, Technology by Design, Global Applications for Digital Entertainment. Baynton joins the Next Generation Content and Entertainment panel, chaired by Stephens.

Stephens has long been a strong supporter of developing partnerships between the New Zealand and Asian film and entertainment industries. Baynton has seen considerable success building relationships in the region to extend and exploit The WotWots, and Gibson has co-produced TV dramas and films with producers from several countries. Last year he announced a deal with a Korean production company. The company’s CEO, Victoria Spackman, is currently in China as part of the PM’s business delegation.

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