SPADA Conference Speakers

Hi!  Thanks for checking in to see who the speakers are for this year's Conference (dates 15-16 November in Wellington).

We're still developing this year's THEME (last year it was THE MAGIC OF COLLABORATION): so thanks for your patience and come back soon! 

Here's a reminder of the fantastic guests we had last year for our 25th Anniversary.

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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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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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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Katie Hinsen

Department of Post, Head of Operations

Katie Hinsen comes from a technical and operations background, with credits on over 80 major productions. Over a 20-year career she has worked as an engineer, editor, VFX artist, Stereoscopic 3D artist, colorist and finishing artist; on commercials, documentaries, television, music videos, short and feature films, at such facilities as Park Road Post Production, Goldcrest, and Light Iron, a Panavision company.

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James Brookes

Department of Post, Director of Finishing

James Brookes is a Company Director of Auckland’s Department of Post, and Post Supervisor for up to 15 major film and television productions, annually. A graduate of South Seas film and television school, Brookes’ technical background as an Online Editor gives him a unique working knowledge of the post process, from production through delivery. Over the years he has become known for his collaborative nature, working to ensure that every producer is empowered and enabled...

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Kerry Warkia

Producer, BSAG Productions

Kerry Warkia is an emerging producer who has been at the forefront of some of New Zealand’s most innovative content for both television and web. Passionate about telling Māori and Pasifika stories she is now making the move into feature films.
Most recently Kerry has wrapped production on a groundbreaking feature film Waru made up of 8 vignettes - each a 10 minute single shot - made in collaboration with 8 wāhine (female) Māori film-makers. It is due for release in 2017...

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Dave Gibson

CEO, NZ Film Commission

Dave Gibson is the CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission and has produced feature films and television programmes that have sold in more than eighty countries worldwide. In 2012 he was appointed an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in recognition of his services to the film and television industries.

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Catherine Bates

Head of Incentives, NZ Film Commission

Catherine began her career at Tourism New Zealand and whilst there was involved with the development of the New Zealand destination brand and global 100% Pure New Zealand campaign. Highlights of her career include development of the New Zealand Story and leadership of the NZ Inc Hobbit leverage programme, in particular the NZ Inc relationship with Wingnut Films and Warner Bros Los Angeles. She now manages the NZSPG, with a particular focus on the 5% Uplift, an additional gran...

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Philippa Mossman

Head of International Screen Attraction, NZ Film Commission

Philippa has more than 20 years’ experience in the New Zealand production sector, most recently at state broadcaster Television New Zealand, where she held senior roles in production, channel management, programming and partnership.
As the Head of International Screen Production at the NZ Film Commission she is the key conduit between overseas production customers and local industry specialists. She oversees the provision of specialist screen services, including an inter...

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Todd Krieble

Principal Economist, NZIER

Todd has a wide ranging policy background, including interests in health, environment and cultural policy.

Todd has held senior management positions, responsible for policy advice, and other functions, in a number of government agencies. This has included roles in the Ministry of Health, Ministry for the Environment, Department of Labour and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Todd worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Policy Advisory Group f...

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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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Dr Trisha Dunleavy

Author and Associate Professor Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Dunleavy completed her MA and PhD between 1994 and 1999, during the formation of Auckland University's Department of Film, Television and Media Studies and, in 1999, was the first of its graduates to gain a PhD. Prior to her appointment at Victoria, Dr Dunleavy lectured in Television and Film Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester. In 2001, she returned to New Zealand to help establish a new programme in Media Studies at Victoria University, acting as its Programme D...

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Roxane Gajadhar


Roxane has worked in the screen industry for two decades in senior roles across both factual and drama production and has directed interactive content for international exhibition. She was the Director for Special Projects at the NZ Film Commission and has recently completed an MA in scriptwriting from the IIML (Victoria University).

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Matthew Deaner - Moderator

CEO, Screen Producers Australia

Matthew Deaner is the Chief Executive Officer of Screen Producers Australia. He oversees all aspects of Screen Producers Australia’s advocacy work, industrial negotiations, events and operational issues. He also works closely with their Council to set the strategic direction of the organisation as well as identify and execute new business development opportunities. Matthew brings a wealth of knowledge to Screen Producers Australia with his experience as a lawyer in both Syd...

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Jeremy P. R. Hall

Film Producer / Executive Producer / VFX Supervisor

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 been responsible for strategic international business development, including corporate expansion into new territories and emerging markets. Specifically the analysis of the Chinese market place and suitability for film and television production expansi...

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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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Amie Mills

Digital Creative Director, TVNZ

Amie worked for a digital agency in London that was on the roster for broadcasters like Channel 4 and BBC right when transmedia was taking off and the concept of building story worlds around shows to promote them was gaining traction. She moved back to New Zealand to work for Blacksand and is now the Digital Creative Director for TVNZ's new Digital Children's Channel.

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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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Thomas Coppell

Producer at Tomorrow, Rain

Thomas Coppell is a cross-media Producer with a dedication to good storytelling, unique voices and visual eye candy with a diverse experience in film, animation, TV and webseries. He graduated with Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused in Film and Media Studies and a Masterclass in Television Writing from Victoria University of Wellington. He is the current Producer on the web-series' for The Candle Wasters.

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Miranda Harcourt

Actor, Director, Writer

Miranda Harcourt is an award-winning actor, director, writer and acting coach. A graduate of Toi Whakaari and former Head of Acting at the school, she now works as a screen-acting coach all over the world on projects including Bridge to Terabithia (Gabor Csupo), The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson), Top of the Lake (Jane Campion) Lion and Mary Magdalene (Garth Davis).
Most recently Miranda co-directed the feature film The Changeover alongside Stuart McKenzie, who wrote the scree...

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Ness Simons - Moderator


Ness is a filmmaker based in Wellington, New Zealand with a range of projects under her belt. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion on screen and puts character and story at the top of the list for every project. As a writer and director Ness has completed a range of work, including short films, webseries and independent content for organisations and businesses. Ness is the creator of ‘Pot Luck’ webseries, which has been selected for a bunch of festivals around t...

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Janette Howe - Moderator

Chair, NZ Children's Screen Trust

Janette Howe has many years in the screen industry as a documentary maker and advocate for children and media as Chair for the NZ Children’s Screen Trust (Kidsonscreen). She is committed in bringing children quality screen content and giving them an opportunity to tell their own stories. Janette is a 2015 ART Venture creative entrepreneur award recipient.

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Dr Ruth Harley - Moderator

Business Coach/Consultant, Ruth E. Harley & Associates

Ruth Harley has 25 years experience in CEO and senior leadership roles in media, entertainment and digital storytelling. She has held numerous governance positions in government, not-for-profit and commercial organizations. She is an experienced business coach and mentor and has undertaken various successful consulting assignments in strategy and organisational development in the public sector.

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Emma Slade - Moderator

Producer, Firefly Films

Emma has worked in the film and television industry for over 16 years, beginning in the UK and moving back home, passionate to tell stories that resonated internationally but were firmly rooted in New Zealand.

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