The SPADA Executive comprises of New Zealand screen industry practitioners who volunteer their time to work on behalf of the wider New Zealand screen production industry.
Each year SPADA members have the opportunity to nominate a SPADA member (this is dependent on the two-year terms and how many seats are up for nominations) onto the SPADA Executive. All executives have two year terms, and the Executive is governed by an elected President.
Firstly, thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s annual elections for the 2020/2021 SPADA Executive, we had great engagement from members this year. Thank you also to our outgoing Executive member Jane Robertson, Tina McLaren and Kelly Martin for all their work and energy over the last two years.
It should be noted that SPADA’s representation comes in many forms. Its Executive is one; then there are its working groups, its sub-committees, not to mention the multitude of phone calls and emails that brain-storm and problem solve and help create opportunities and avert “issues” - sounds like the day-to-day business of being a producer.
The ability for SPADA to call upon this wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise that resides in its membership is invaluable. So as we welcome the 2020/2021 SPADA Executive, we also take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank everyone for their time, engagement and financial support over the last 12 months.
The 2020/2021 SPADA Executive are:
Sharon Menzies is the Managing Director of Fulcrum Media Finance. Sharon has over 20 years’ experience in commercial and business affairs in film finance companies in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Sharon is currently Co-President of the New Zealand Screen Production and Development Association, was an industry representative for the New Zealand Film Commission New Zealand Screen Production Grant Panel and was an assessor for Screen Australia’s 2016 and 2015 Enterprise Programme.
Richard has more than 20 years’ experience in international film and television production. He has produced and executive produced a range of feature films, documentaries and TV series, including Daffodils, Yellow is Forbidden, Belief: the Possession of Janet Moses, Wild Survivor, Walking with Dinosaurs 3D, The Last Ocean, Boy, Under the Mountain and River Queen. His productions have played at major international festivals including Berlin, Melbourne, Shanghai, Sundance, Toronto and Tribeca film festivals and he has worked with a range of partners including the BBC, Disney, National Geographic, Netflix, TVNZ and Twentieth Century Fox.
Richard previously worked at the New Zealand Film Commission as Head of Business Affairs and in distribution in Australia for Beyond Films and in the UK for the Feature Film Company. He has extensive domestic and international relationships across all sectors of the screen production industry. He is Co-President of the New Zealand Producer’s Association (SPADA) and is a former member of the New Zealand Film Commission NZSPG Certifying Panel. In 2009, he was the recipient of the SPADA Independent Producer of the Year award and in 2017 he received the SPADA/Data Book/SCREENZ Industry Champion award.
Dan started as a researcher & reporter and has since managed both the Post Production & Digital arms of Attitude. Dan is now focussed on running the business as General Manager. Dan had six years as an elected member of the Auckland Council Disability Advisory Panel, including three years as Deputy Chair, and a stint as President of New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby. Dan is also currently Chair of The Attitude Trust.
Irene is a long-time television producer and executive producer, with particular expertise in factual programming and documentary. She is a former TVNZ Head of Commissioning and was the founding Content Director for the NZ On Screen website. Irene is on the SPADA Executive, and the NZ TV Awards organising committee, and is a frequent commentator on media issues on radio and television.
With over 30 years in the entertainment industry, Mick is one of New Zealand’s most experienced entertainment law specialists. As the original founder of Sinclair Black in 1989, he has unrivalled experience in negotiating and drafting agreements in the entertainment, media and sports industries; and in providing legal advice and opinions on the commercial and intellectual property issues that are unique to these fields. Prior to founding Sinclair Black, Mick worked primarily in civil litigation, and has continued in specialist areas of litigation such as intellectual property, defamation and privacy.
Samson Samasoni has more than 35 years’ journalism and strategic communications experience. He has worked extensively throughout the New Zealand public service and in the Pacific. He also spent 10 years in the Middle East as a management consultant with international consultancies and heading up PR agencies. During his career he has produced, directed and scripted hundreds of corporate video products locally and overseas. He currently heads Umbrella Multimedia, based at Avalon Studios, a production house specialising in video content for Pasifika communities which also runs Oriana TV, a linear TV platform targeting Pasifika audiences. Samson is the lead Commissioner for Oriana TV.
Lisa Chatfield is a producer that has worked in the creation of screen stories for more than 20 years with a focus on creative partnerships both locally and internationally (New Zealand, Australia and UK), forging a successful career as an independent producer and a funding body executive at the NZFC. She recently produced the mini-series The Luminaries for BBC and TVNZ. She is a director of Wellington company Long + Short Story Studio.
Karin began her career as a reporter at the Cook Islands News in Rarotonga, before going on to work for broadcast networks in New Zealand and the USA, including NBC and PBS. She founded Multinesia Productions in 2004 to support and promote global indigenous storytelling. Since returning to Aotearoa in 2012, Karin has served as Development Executive at the NZ Film Commission and works with Pasifika storytellers to bring authentic projects to stage and screen.