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SPADA: Conference speakers announced

The rumour mill has been kicking around a few names of late for the person who’ll give the John O’Shea Memorial Address at the SPADA Conference in November, but boss Penelope Borland has now confirmed that the honour will go to…

Julie Christie (the Greymouth girl, not the Oscar winner).

International speakers confirmed include Sara Geater, (ex- Thames TV and Channel 4, UK, currently EP on the upcoming Brit flick Glorious 39). She’ll be playing both sides of the fence between broadcasters and independent producers, talking about (amongst other things) recent changes in the UK, rights issues and emerging business models.

One of the themes of the conference will be co-productions, both in TV and film, with specific reference to arrangements with Germany, Australia and the UK.

Representing the Aussies, SPAA chair and occasional Screen Hub contributor Antony Ginnane will hop across the ditch, bringing with him his passionate support for lower budget filmmaking, an uncanny ability to work the detail of long-tail marketing campaigns and his expertise in French New Wave cinema. Hopefully he’ll leave the Speedos at home.

Michael Klein, senior VP of content at the Travel Channel, and Andreas Dresen, East German-born director of Whisky and Vodka and Cloud 9 will also speak.

A Korean delegation will be attending, following a NZ delegation visit to Seoul earlier this year.

On a more melodic note, Stephanie Bennett will talk about her 25-year career producing music documentaries. Russell Brown’s Media 7 will pack its bag and travel down to Wellington to record a programme on the second day of the conference.

For an end of day wind down after the first day, Park Road Post will host drinks. For a more formal wind down, Minister for Broadcasting Dr Jonathan Coleman will host dinner in the Banquet Hall at Parliament after the conference closes on the evening of Friday 13th.

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