News from NZFC
Wellington producer Dave Gibson has been named as the next Chief Executive of the New Zealand Film Commission. He replaces Graeme Mason who recently left the Commission to become CEO of Screen Australia.
“Dave Gibson is one of New Zealand’s most experienced film and television producers and we are delighted to have secured his services for this important leadership role” said NZFC chair Patsy Reddy.
“He has a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience of the New Zealand industry across both film and television which we see as invaluable for the Film Commission, particularly as we seek to encourage the development of sustainable businesses with stronger international reach.” Ms Reddy said.
Dave Gibson is the founder of the Wellington production company The Gibson Group, a company with a 35 year history of working in film, television and visitor attractions in New Zealand and internationally. He is in the process of selling his shares in the company to a group of senior staff. The sale will be completed by the time he commences his new role.
In 2005 he was the SPADA OnFilm industry champion and in 2012 was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the film and television industry. He served as a board member of the Film Commission during the mid-1990s.
Mr Gibson will take up his new role in January. His contract will be for five years.
News from Gibson Group
Senior staff at the visitor attraction, film and television production company the Gibson Group are purchasing the 36 year old business from founding director Dave Gibson, as he steps into a new role as Chief Executive at the New Zealand Film Commission.
With a combined work history at the company of over 40 years the four senior staff – Victoria Spackman, Allan Smith, Brett Tompkins and Bevin Linkhorn – have extensive experience in delivering television, film, visitor attractions and interactive installations both in New Zealand and offshore.
“We are all proud and delighted to be taking on the opportunity offered by Dave to drive the company into the future,” Victoria Spackman says.
The process of the sale of shares should be completed by the end of this month, with Dave Gibson formally leaving the company as of 31 December so he can start his new role in January.
“This is a significant step in the history of the business, and the new owners are confident and motivated to build on the company’s reputation for new and engaging viewer and visitor experiences,” says Ms Spackman. “We already have a strong slate of current projects in both production and development across the company’s divisions, and look forward to continuing to work with the talented staff and collaborators to deliver these to our existing audiences and clients,” she says. “We are also determined to create new content and technology at the forefront of the radical changes happening in television, film, on-line and museum experiences,” she says.
The new owners wish Dave Gibson all the best for his new and exciting role at the NZ Film Commission.