2017 SPADA Conference Speakers

SPADA is delighted to welcome world-class practitioners and thinkers to speak at this year's 25th Annual SPADA Conference.  Speaking to this year's theme of THE MAGIC OF COLLABORATION our speakers will be both thought-provoking, inspiring and entertaining.   We'll be announcing more speakers in the coming days, so stay tuned!

Dame Jane Campion


Acclaimed Director, Dame Jane Campion, will deliver this year's NZ On Air’s John O’Shea Memorial Address. Campion is the second of four women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and is the first—and thus far, only—female filmmaker in history to receive the Palme d'Or, which she received for directing the acclaimed film The Piano (1993). In 2012 Campion completed TOP OF THE LAKE, a six hour miniseries for the BBC and The Sundance Channel which sh...

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Jeremy P. R. Hall

Film Producer / Executive Producer / VFX Supervisor

BAFTA member and Academy Award-winning VFX producer Jeremy Hall has international experience in USA, UK, Europe, Australia and strategic business development within emerging markets Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.

Jeremy has over 22 years of success executing strategies and leading team efforts that have produced multimillion-dollar results, valuable business partnerships and solid growth avenues for media products and services. He has bee...

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Mark Gooder

Co-President, Cornerstone Films USA

Mark Gooder has over 25 years of experience in the independent film sector including significant roles in film distribution, exhibition and film sales. His roles as CEO of Icon and President of Acquisitions at The Weinstein Company saw him responsible for the acquisition of some of the most successful independent films of all time including Gosford Park, The Queen, The Iron Lady, Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years A Slave and Paranormal Activity. In 2015 Gooder partnered with int...

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Martijn Meerstadt

Partner, Freeway Entertainment

Martijn Meerstadt has been partner and shareholder at Freeway Entertainment Group since 2001, and became Co-CEO of the company in 2012. An expert in royalty and rights management solutions, Martijn has more than 17 years’ experience working in global entertainment rights. In addition to overseeing Freeway’s long term corporate strategy and management, Martijn also leads on new business development and governs the company’s collection account management and RevCheck dist...

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David Kleeman

SVP, Global Trends, Dubit

Strategist, analyst, author, speaker, connector — David Kleeman has long led the children’s media industry in developing sustainable, kid-friendly practices. He began this work as president of the American Center for Children and Media and is now Senior VP of Global Trends for Dubit, a strategy/research consultancy and digital studio.Kleeman is advisory board chair to the international children’s TV festival PRIX JEUNESSE, and on Boards of the National Association for M...

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Angus Finney

International Creative Consultant

Dr Angus Finney is a leading international film and creative industry specialist. His work includes MBA-level teaching at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University and Cass Business School, City University, London. He also advises film funds and executive produces films, staying close to the film market and new trends and digital developments.

He has recently spent three years working as a risk manager and media advisor for Octopus Media, part of Octopus Investments...

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James Nokise

SPADA Conference MC / Comedian

Back by popular demand...   Our fantastic MC, James Nokise, will once again infuse the SPADA Conference with his comedic wit and charm, as well as wrangle this year's South Pacific Pictures' BIG PITCH finalists - not to mention bring some pizazz to the 20th SPADA Screen Industry Awards.James is a 2013 Fred Dagg Comedy Award Nominee and two-time Billy T Comedy Award Nominee, Welsh / Samoan comedian, James Nokise, has carved out a reputation in New Zealand going after everyt...

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The Candle Wasters

Claris Jacobs, Elsie Bollinger, Minnie Grace, Robbie Nicol, and Sally Bollinger.

Over the last three years, The Candle Wasters have delivered top quality webseries content garnering 5.5million views across their videos and a gaggle of “fandles” eager to see more New Zealand content on their YouTube channel.

Claris, Elsie, Minnie, Sally and Robbie created their first web series in 2014, and it became a small cult hit. Thousands of young women around the globe watched Nothing Much To Do, a modern interpretation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothin...

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