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SPADA’s going Mad

SPADA makes a further announcement of conference speakers, headlined by Mad Men creator and EP Matthew Weiner as keynote speaker.

Matthew Weiner, series creator and executive producer of this year’s Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Drama Mad Men, is the keynote speaker for this year’s SPADA conference at Wellington’s InterContinental Hotel on 12 and 13 November.

Mad Men, set in the world of advertising on New York’s Madison Avenue, is a multi-layered 1960s period drama. Since its inception Mad Men has garnered a slate of awards including last year’s Emmy and two consecutive Golden Globes for Best Television Drama Series. Weiner was an executive producer and writer for the critically acclaimed television series The Sopranos.

Film and television actress Geraldine Brophy (Second Hand Wedding, Dancing with the Stars, Shortland Street) is again the Conference Mistress of Ceremonies.

Co-production is one of the themes of this year’s conference with specific
reference to arrangements with the UK, Australia and Korea. UK producer Gareth Wiley, winner of this year’s Golden Globe for Best Picture
Comedy for Vicky Christina Barcelona, is attending the conference.

Gareth has worked extensively with Woody Allen (Vicky Christina Barcelona, Scoop, Match Point, Cassandra’s Dream). Gareth is currently an executive producer of the NZ/UK co-production Tracker.

The producing team includes New Zealand executive producer and SPADA President Richard Fletcher (Under the Mountain), New Zealand producer Trevor Haysom (In My Father’s Den) and UK producer David Burns.

Tracker, directed by the UK’s Ian Sharp, stars Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) and Temuera Morrison.

German director Andreas Dresen whose feature Cloud 9 was selected for the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard section will be speaking at the conference.

Other international guests include Michael Klein, Senior Vice President of
Content at the Travel Channel Media, and Australian producer Antony Ginnane, who has produced, co-produced and executive produced 60 feature films, TV movies and mini-series; and has expertise in French new wave cinema.

New Zealand producer Dave Gibson (After Shock, The Insiders Guide to Love), who is the Managing Director of the Gibson Group and has extensive experience in film, television and museum installation, is chairing a session with Graeme Mason, the new Chief Executive of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Park Road Post Production Masterclasses include Film Scoring with director Jonathan King and composer Victoria Kelly. Jonathan and Victoria worked together on the New Zealand feature film Under the Mountain based on the children’s novel by Maurice Gee. LA based film animation artist John Stevenson will present the 3D Animation Masterclass. John was at the helm of Dreamworks latest animation concept Kung Fu Panda.

“This year’s conference is all about getting ahead. Film and television
practitioners will hear about the latest trends, learn about the latest technologies to enhance storytelling, meet new colleagues, and be inspired,” says SPADA’s Chief Executive Officer, Penelope Borland.

The conference also includes South Pacific Pictures’ Big Pitch pitching
competition held during the Screenrights’ Lunch.

At the TVNZ sponsored dinner hosted by the Minister for Broadcasting, Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, the SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year, the SPADA Independent Producer of the Year, and the SPADA/Onfilm Industry Champion will be announced.

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