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Producer and director Julian Grimmond joined the Board of Trustees in October 2006 and was elected Chair in October 2008. Based in Queenstown in the South Island, Julian is an Emmy ® Award winning producer who brings extensive global production experience.
Julian's business interests include Mountain Film Unit Ltd, an internationally-focused production company and Global Film Solutions Ltd, screen industry risk management specialists. Julian has produced with, engaged specialist consultants in and provided risk management services for partners in the USA, United Kingdom, Europe, North and South Africa, Central and South Asia, South America and the Middle East, and he understands international production and New Zealand's competitive advantage.
Prior to his role as CEO of TelstraClear, Dr Freeth held senior executive positions at Trust Bank and was Chief Executive and Managing Director of Wrightson. He gained his Philosophy Doctorate in Population Genetics through the Australian National University in Canberra. He also has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Canterbury University, and an MBA with Distinction. He has held directorships with Genesis Research and Development, GNS: Geological and Nuclear Sciences and the NZ Treasury Advisory Board, as well as Save the Children New Zealand and Save the Children International Board. He has chaired the Queen Margaret College Board of Governors in Wellington, and been a Trustee of the Massey Agricultural Research Fund. He is currently a Trustee of Crimestoppers New Zealand and is a regular speaker on governance for the not-for-profit sector. In 2010, he was appointed a Member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum on Next Generation.
John is a partner in the Wellington office of law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, and specialises in corporate and commercial law, with a particular interest in the arts and entertainment law.
John professional involvement with the New Zealand screen industry includes advising on New Zealand films such as “Mr Pip”, “Shopping”, “Two Little Boys”, “The Vintner’s Luck”, “Whale Rider”, The World’s Fastest Indian” and “In my Father’s Den”, as well as New Zealand television series, offshore productions, sales and distribution arrangements and merchandising.
Julie Elstone joined the Board of Trustees in October 2006 bringing extensive experience working as a supervising and executive producer of television commercials, most recently with Silverscreen.
Having started her career in stills photography, Julie moved into television as a facilities manager in 1981 and from there into film and television production as a production manager before concentrating on television commercials with Silverscreen Productions. Her TVC career has involved production and marketing work in Australia, South-East Asia and throughout New Zealand with a wide range of national and international clients. Based in Wellington, Julie is now a consultant producer. She is also a member of the Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA) and WIFT.
Jos has spent over 10 years working in the games industry, across original and licensed titles for console, smartphone and PC platforms. He formerly headed up business development at New Zealand’s largest game production studio, Sidhe, and specializes in international business development in the video game and new media industries. Highlights include establishing PikPok, which is Sidhe’s publishing label for iPhone and Android games, and he oversaw the development and release of multiple US & UK #1 App Store hits like Flick Kick Football and Bird Strike as well as negotiating licensing and development deals with Chelsea FC, Adidas, Cartoon Network and DreamWorks Animation.
He has chaired the NZ GAV Trust for four years, successfully overseeing AnimfxNZ, New Zealand’s premier Games, Animation and Visual Effects conference in Wellington.
Jos has sat on the Board of Film New Zealand for three years, helping the organisation understand and better position New Zealand to grow its digital entertainment industries.
Jos has extensive knowledge, contacts and experience in the international games industry and has spoken at leading industry conferences such as GDC China, GDC Europe, DELF Hong Kong and FMX in Germany.
In mid 2011, he established a new craft brewery in Wellington called Garage Project with the goal of being recognised as one of the top breweries in the world. Currently Jos divides his time between helping create trophy winning beers, consulting with a group of select companies and walking his two dogs, Monte and Mila.
Miranda Harcourt, one of New Zealand’s most celebrated screen actors, and has played an integral role in developing New Zealand acting talent. As well as performing and directing numerous award winning productions for stage and screen, she was Head of Acting at Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School for seven years, and currently works both locally and internationally as an acting coach for screen on films including Jane Campion’s Bright Star; and Sir Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones and in New Zealand on Gaylene Preston’s Home By Christmas. She also coached young actors AnnaSophia Robb and Josh Hutcherson on Bridge to Terabithia, both of whom have gone on to build successful careers in Hollywood. In 2010 she again worked with AnnaSophia Robb as her on-set coach in Hawaii on the Sony Pictures production Soul Surfer, (which went to number two at the US box office). She also has her own film and theatre production company MAP Films with husband Stuart McKenzie.
Catherine Madigan has been involved in numerous feature films, television series, television commercials and documentaries both in New Zealand and overseas. Most recently she was Production Manager on Andrew Adamson’s latest feature Mister Pip (starring Hugh Laurie) filmed in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. She previously worked as a Line Producer on the documentary Brother Number One filmed in Cambodia and New Zealand.
Catherine production-managed the Hollywood feature film Vertical Limit shot in Queenstown, followed by a US feature in Thailand starring Angelina Jolie. She has also produced a behind-the-scenes DVD in Las Vegas with Celine Dion and has directed her own documentary in Sri Lanka about New Zealand aid reaching fishing communities post-tsunami. Catherine has produced several Tourism NZ commercials in recent years as well as the Tourism NZ International Short Film Competition. She is currently on the NZ Film Commission LBSG panel, the DOCNZ Advisory Board and is a member of WIFT.
Grant Baker is the Managing Partner and co-owner of Images & Sound, one of New Zealand’s longest running Post Production facilities based in Auckland. Grant has 30 years experience in the New Zealand Film & TV industry starting his career at TVNZ as an Audio Engineer and later editor before becoming a Post Production Supervisor, eventually joining Images & Sound in 1993 where he has worked on numerous Feature Films and TV Drama productions. Grant is also a board member of the Film Auckland Advisory Board.
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