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QC named to review work culture and complaints at Weta Digital

Miriam Dean has been named as the QC who will independently review the workplace culture at Weta Digital in Wellington, as well as complaints of inappropriate behaviour.

Her appointment is reported by the Dom Post, which says the review has been commissioned by Weta Digital’s owners – who include Peter Jackson – and chief executive Prem Akkaraju.

Her website says:

More than 38 years of experience in commercial dispute resolution and 25 years in governance shape the advice she provides and the investigative work she carries out. In both capacities, she takes a focused, sound and practical approach.

As a Queen’s Counsel and independent director, Miriam has a depth of legal and governance skills to take on the most difficult and diverse issues. In the growing area of inquiry and review roles, she uses those skills to achieve change. An original thinker, she has a collaborative style and enjoys working as part of a team.

She has built up experience in mediating and arbitrating disputes in a variety of sectors and is also skilled in negotiation and facilitation. Her goal is fast, cost-effective outcomes.

Report from RNZ – 18 September
Weta Digital has commissioned a QC to do an independent review after recent complaints about harassment and bullying.

There have been media reports of up to 40 former and current staff speaking out about a toxic culture at the Wellington visual effects company.

Weta Digital says it will say nothing more until the review is completed.

The company has been an innovator in visual effects since it was founded by Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, and Jamie Selkirk in 1993 to produce the digital special effects for Heavenly Creatures. It has won six Academy Awards and six BAFTAs.

1 comment:

  1. Hamish Keith, 18. September 2020, 10:14

    Welcome the independent inquiry into Weta Digital but I hope it will broaden its scope to the actions from Weta management towards outsiders during the Hobbit row – particularly those who spoke for the actors. [via twitter]


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