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Vincent Burke named as industry champion

News from Screen Production and Development Association
Wellington producer Vincent Burke, who is CEO of Top Shelf Productions, was tonight named as SPADA’s Industry Champion for 2012.

As well as producing numerous documentaries and television series, over the years his industry roles have included President of SPADA, and the NZ Film & Video Training Board. He has always found time to be a mentor and mediator and to support industry initiatives.

He is also co-owner of the new “Choice” television channel on Freeview.

Documentaries which Vincent has produced include Cinema of Unease, Velvet Dreams, Frontier of Dreams and I want to Die at Home. His television productions include the history series Frontier of Dreams and the long running consumer series of Target.

Spada’s New Filmmaker of the Year award was presented to Mike Wallis.

Mike made his impressive feature film debut directing, producing and writing Good for Nothing. He also handled the film’s domestic and international distribution. It was in 2005 that Mike and Inge Rademeyer, the film’s leading actress, decided to self-fund and produce this film.

Mike Wallis began his career in a video store in Queenstown. At 21 he moved to Wellington and made his first short film starring Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords). He was a runner on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and went on to work in animation and motion capture for Weta Digital.

Crombie Lockwood/MTJ Independent Producer of the Year was awarded to Peter Young, who has produced many successful and high rating television series including Hunger for the Wild, Coasters and Get Fresh with Al Brown.

This year Peter completed his first feature film, the documentary The Last Ocean, which he produced and directed. He also raised all the finance, travelled the world to shoot the film, and led the New Zealand distribution and publicity. The Last Ocean raises ethical and environmental issues and focuses on the importance of protecting the Ross Sea in Antarctica – the world’s last in tact marine ecosystem. He has also formed the Last Ocean Trust which campaigns internationally on environmental issues and the protection of the Ross Sea.