Brett O’Riley has been passionate about the screen since he was a boy. His grandfather Fred was a leading amateur movie maker and some of his films are archived in Nga Taonga. As a teenager Brett was a television actor before becoming a journalist and broadcaster in front of the camera. Then followed 20 years of work in the ICT sector during which he was involved with the industry in several capacities. This included co-producing with Brian Sweeney the first Cook Island television programme, and working with the screen industry on connectivity, involving satellites and the Southern Cross Cable Network.
In the last decade Brett has worked to develop a sustainable local screen industry in Aotearoa New Zealand through his roles at NZICT (now NZTech), the Ministry of Science and Innovation, ATEED, RFONZ, and now as a board member of the NZ Film Commission and drone technology company Dotterel. In his current day job Brett is CEO of the EMA and is also an establishment board member of the new NZ Institute of Skills and Technology, the latter as part of the changes nationally to vocational education.”