Carmen Leonard joins Great Southern Film & Television to become Head of Production in the wake of the news that Rachel Gardner will head to Sydney to join Emile Sherman and Iain Canning’s See-Saw.
Leonard cut her teeth at TVNZ and has, over the years, done a lot of work with South Pacific Pictures, initially as a 1st (Shortland Street and Mercy Peak). Since beginning to work as a producer, she’s returned to Shortland Street and worked on SPP’s Outrageous Fortune, Spies and Lies and Stolen amongst other productions.
Six years ago, WIFT honoured Leonard as the Unsung Heroine of the Screen Industry – the same year SPADA honoured GSTV’s Philip Smith and Rachel Gardner as Producers of the Year.
Most recently she produced Peter Burger and Charlotte Purdy’s Erebus: Operation Overdue, which opened the Documentary Edge Festival on Wednesday night and took the festival’s Best NZ Feature Doco award; and on Great Southern’s upcoming Rugby World Cup drama The Kick, supported by NZ On Air’s Platinum Fund.