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RIP - Barrie Everard

With much sadness SPADA, together with the NZFC and the New Zealand film industry, farewells well known distributor, exhibitor, producer and former NZFC chair, Barrie Everard.

Barrie’s early career in the industry began in Australia in the 1960’s, but then he moved to NZ and began a 50 year involvement in the NZ entertainment industry, starting in distribution with Columbia Pictures NZ, going on to form his own highly successful distribution company Everard Films, taking hit radio station 89FM to the top, creating the Berkley Cinemas exhibition chain as well as producing local films.

Barrie brought showbiz, fun and innovation to the movie business in New Zealand.  His early distribution career saw him link with Radio Hauraki to promote movies to an audience segment that had been neglected, and which proved to be very profitable.  He understood the power of commercial radio which was then in its infancy, and in the mid 1980’s he led the acquisition of Stereo FM Ltd and turned their brand, 89FM, into the dominant radio station in the Auckland youth market.

Barrie went on to establish the Berkley Cinema group providing new levels of comfort and viewing experience to cinema goers in 4 upmarket Auckland locations.   In 1998 he was appointed to the NZFC Board and became Chair in 2002-2006.  In the 2007 New Year’s honours he was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the New Zealand film industry.

Barrie was a supporter of many charitable and social causes.  He was fiercely loyal to his family and friends and any team which was playing for NZ, regardless of the sport. His affability and connectivity ensured his place in the entertainment industry.

In 2010 he sold the Berkley chain to Hoyts Entertainment but retained an abiding interest in all aspects of the movie business, including a major production project he had been working on.

Our thoughts and wishes go out to his wife Trish and daughter Cara.