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 onto the SPADA Executive. All executives have two year terms, and the Executive is governed by an elected President.
President - KELLY MARTIN, CEO - South Pacific Pictures, Auckland
Kelly oversees the running of South Pacific Pictures and all its productions.
ANGELA LITTLEJOHN, Pukeko Pictures, Wellington
Angela Littlejohn is Head of Production at Pukeko Pictures responsible for all facets of development and production as well as serving as Producing and Executive Producing on nominated productions. She has more than 20 years of experience working both in the UK and New Zealand film and television industries. Her UK production credits include Spitting Image, Smith and Jones and Young Soul Rebels. She spent six years as a Drama Production Executive at Channel 4 and Film 4. After returning to New Zealand in 2000, she produced feature films Show of Hands, Apron Strings and Separation City as well as line-producing co-productions Slow West and Weight of Elephants. Angela’s TV drama credits include Rage, Field Punishment, Pirates of the Airwaves and Harry. She is the New Zealand Producer on Pukeko Pictures’ TV drama series Cleverman which has premiered at Berlinale 2016 and is now in production for season two.
KIM E BAKER, Digital Media Trust, Wellington (Twitter: @kymmeb)
SPADA is an independent industry organisation key to driving constructive engagement on the issues and challenges facing an ever-evolving and expanding screen industry in New Zealand. As a membership based organisation SPADA must be empowered to function effectively in a multidisciplinary industry to deliver resources and services to members. This is achieved with a dynamic Executive. As a previous SPADA staff member (2003 to 2007) that has worked closely with the Executive, members and industry stakeholders, I know that composition of the SPADA Executive is important in validating the organisation's role and its campaigns. The Executive Director, Staff and members rely on a combination of experience and knowledge to implement SPADA's strategies and keep it vibrant and relevant.
CATHERINE FITZGERALD, Producer - Blueskin Films Limited, Wellington
My objective for serving on the SPADA Board is to contribute to SPADA’s vital function as a collective voice representing the interests of NZ IP creators and owners in film and television, both in terms of long term industry strategy, and the ongoing policy and practice of some the key players in the film and television industry – funders, broadcasters, government etc While I am currently a film and television producer, I also wish to contribute to the wider industry my background, knowledge and experience. I have worked previously in strategic policy development (variously in film and in educational technology) and learned much in my time as a NZFC Board member, Chair of the Short Film Fund and subsequently as a senior staff member of the NZFC . I have also served as consultant in the sector, as well as to MCH on the broadcasting policy review.
DAVID WHITE, White Balance Pictures, Wellington
David started out as an actor, however since that fleeting foray in front of the camera, he turned his hand to producing and directing. His early music videos won an array of awards before he produced the independent feature film The Last Great Snail Chase (2007). David has recently finished producing the feature documentary, Shihad: Beautiful Machine (2012) co-directing renowed documentaries I Kill, Lex and The Cleanest Pig. David has also been involved in creating, developing and producing TV shows, web content and adverts. David is on the current board of SPADA.
JANE ROBERTSON, Independent Producer, Pukeko Pictures, Wellington
Jane has worked in the NZ and UK television industry for more than 14 years. With a degree in Broadcasting Communications and a background in theatre and film, she embarked on a career in documentary and factual television.
Her extensive producer television credits include, the two three-part documentary seris for Prime, The Trouble with Murder and Bullies, two series of the high rating ten-part observational documentary series, Street Hospital for TVNZ and the ten-part TV3 documentary series, Prison Families. She also produced the TV3 mockumentary Ben and Jeremy's Big Road Trip.
Jane has recently started working with Wellington based production company Pukeko Pictures as the Producer 'KIDDETS' with Chinese entertainment group, Guangdong Huawen Century Animation Company. KIDDETS is a sister series to Pukeko Pictures’ hit pre-school animated series The WotWots.
Besides producing television, Jane has also worked as a museum exhibition producer, producing, among other things, Ka Mate: The Exhibition, shown at Te Papa for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
MATT EMERY, Emery Legal, Auckland (currently working out of Spain)
Matt specialises in advising producers on film and television productions and financing. He has extensive experience in structuring and/or contracting complex international film financing arrangements and advising clients on all production and financing documents, completion guarantees and distribution agreements. With numerous television production credits to his name, Matt also acts for a number of New Zealand’s leading television production companies.
MICK SINCLAIR, Sinclair Black, Auckland
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 unrivaled 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. As a result, he is well skilled in assisting clients to resolve disputes by alternative means to litigation.
As an active member of New Zealand’s arts and entertainment scene, Mick is on the Board of SPADA, The International Comedy Festival and the Going West Literary Festival. He has also advised the governing bodies of the Film Technicians, Cinematographers and Directors Guilds, and leading Arts, Dance and Recreational Sports organisations.