Gail Cowan Management, one of New Zealand’s leading acting agencies, has welcomed senior agent Sandra Bestall to its team.
With over 15 years’ experience as an acting and modelling agent, Bestall is excited to continue to push New Zealand actors onto the world stage and that “watching young actors grow and develop is intoxicating”.
“Finally,” Bestall says, “New Zealand actors are being taken very seriously worldwide. No longer is the country looked upon as just part of Australia but as a place to film and attach top talent on par with any other country.
“A big part of my work has been to push this to the world and I look forward to doing this at GCM with its wonderful people around me.”
Bestall will work alongside Gail Cowan who, over 33 years, has built an agency with a celebrated local and international reputation. The agency also operates as the Australasian arm of Bohemia Group which has offices in LA, NY and the UK.
2016 has been an exciting year for GCM actors. Most recently Matt Whelan was confirmed as a series regular in the popular Netflix series Narcos. Earlier in the year Jono Kenyon landed the lead in the Shonda Rhimes pilot Toast. Other highlights include Antonia Prebble securing one of the leads in the Australian series Sisters and an Oscar submission for Brazilian feature Pequeno Segredo starring Erroll Shand.
Jacqueline Joe, breakout star of Top of the Lake, was cast alongside The Hunger Games’ Willow Shields in Disney feature film Into the Rainbow, and Tawanda Manyimo has recently completed shooting blockbuster Ghost in the Shell, set to release early next year.
Bestall becomes the seventh full-time staff member at GCM. Earlier this year, Phil Vaughan came on board as head of the voice and presenting division and Rawiri Jobe joined as an agent and social content manager.