Patricia Watson is the Executive Director of WIFT NZ. She has had an extensive career in the arts, media and marketing for over 30 years, having held senior executive positions including Country Manager of Fairfax Business Media and CEO of POL Corporate Publications Pty Ltd and POL Equipment Pty Ltd (distributor of various international luxury goods).
As Group Editorial Manager / International Business Development Manager for Pacific Publications and prior to that for many years Editorial Business Manager for Conde Nast Asia Pacific (publisher of the VOGUE titles) she has developed international markets and products (including a television series for children) for Australian magazines in Asia and Europe.
As a marketing consultant clients have included Calvin Klein Asia, various publishers, rights collecting societies and an Australian political leader. Patricia is recognized as a publishing industry expert on copyright and is co-author of the extensive survey and report commissioned by CAL (the Copyright Agency Ltd) on copyright and contractual arrangements in publishing.
She has served on a number of Boards and funding bodies, including many years on the Board of the Sydney Film Festival, and time as Chairman of The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, and Chairman and President of The Australian Museum. Patricia returned to New Zealand in 2006 and is on the Auckland Theatre Company Foundation board.
Vicki Jackways has worked in the New Zealand film industry for over 35 years. She began her film career in 1984 at start-up TVC company Flying Fish alongside Elly Toft, Brian Kassler and Lee Tamahori. As the company grew and opened offices in Sydney and London, Vicki became General Manager NZ as well as producing over 100 domestic and international TVCs.
In 2004 Vicki joined the newly built Park Road Post Production and as Head of Marketing promoted the post house and Stone Street sound stages to producers and studios domestically and globally.
In August 2020 Vicki began a contract as Special Projects Manager at the NZ Film Commission for the Screen Production Recovery Fund.
Vicki has been a WIFT member since 2009. She joined the WIFT board in 2016 and became President in January 2020.
Chair, Producers Professional Programme
Sharon Menzies is Managing Director of Fulcrum Media Finance, the leading provider of cashflow loans in Australasia. Since establishing Fulcrum Media Finance with See-Saw Films, Sharon has assisted in providing finance to more than 300 projects in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Sharon has over 15 years experience in film and television financing in the United Kingdom and Australia, including five years as Head of Business Affairs for Baker Street Media Finance and later at Prescience Film Finance.
Whilst in the United Kingdom Sharon reviewed the library for BBC Films, worked with Portman Film and Television and was an independent advisor to Scottish Screen.
Sharon won the Imagezone Entrepreneurship Award at the 2020 WIFT NZ Awards.
Vanessa Wells is a filmmaker, director, actor and voice artist. Her debut feature documentary East to East (2018) was officially selected for NZIFF and FIFO, and she has worked in the arts industry for over 20 years.
Vanessa co-directed the award winning interactive short Give Kate A Voice and directed 22 episodes of the web series Braveheart Christchurch. Her work in Antarctica has resulted in both film and theatre projects and her short film Te Whakairo (2019) was officially selected for festivals across the world. Vanessa has also created six short films for Sesame Street.
Vanessa’s voice clients include Auckland International Airport, Wellington Rail and Countdown, and she regularly performs at The Court Theatre with the Court Jesters.
Vanessa has been a member of WIFT NZ since 2007, and a Board member since 2015.
Jill Macnab is the General Manager of Vendetta Films, a leading ANZ film distribution company, and is also co-owner of their sister company, Vendetta Productions.
Jill began her career working in theatre management at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, after studying in the UK, Switzerland, and Germany. She then moved into film distribution, managing and marketing numerous blockbuster and arthouse films across cinema, festival, home entertainment and online release. On joining Vendetta, she helped launch the local and international acquisitions side of the business. She attends all key film markets annually and has acquired multiple award-winning films and revenue winners across varied genres for the ANZ market.
She is the producer of feature film Born To Dance, feature documentary In The Zone, interactive project Give Kate A Voice, and has executive produced a number of other features and documentaries, adding to a slate of projects in varying stages of development.
Kelly Martin is the CEO of South Pacific Pictures, New Zealand's leading film and television production company.
Kelly has over 20 years experience in New Zealand television, having worked at both the major networks of TVNZ and Mediaworks TV3 where she managed international acquisition and oversaw local production strategy and commissioning.
Since joining South Pacific Pictures in 2012, Kelly has worked as the Executive Producer of TV2's top rating week night drama serial, Shortland Street as well as TV One's Nothing Trivial, Step Dave for TV2, and The Brokenwood Mysteries for Prime TV.
Kelly has been President of both SPADA (Screen Production and Development Association) and WIFT NZ, and is now an active WIFT NZ member
Nicola moved from Christchurch to Wellington in 1980 and began her film career as a Girl Friday with Interfilm Productions.
Since than she has worked as a Producer of TVCs, New Zealand and international, and a Line Producer on New Zealand and international feature films and documentaries.
After nine years of living and working in France, Nicola returned to New Zealand in 2017 and continues to work as a Line Producer.
Nicola is a founding member of WIFT Wellington.
Anchali is a senior commercial lawyer who has specialised in media, technology and telecommunications for the last 18 years. An expert in all legal aspects of tech, media and telecommunications, Anchali often advises clients in New Zealand and overseas on the regulation of new and emerging technologies, data security and privacy, and the commercialisation of IP, and works with local and international content producers and suppliers to the media sector. Anchali's clients in the media industry range from established media companies and production houses, VFX and post-production companies, and independent producers, directors and writers.
With qualifications from the University of Otago, Anchali gained her experience both here in New Zealand, and London. Anchali is a partner at Hudson Gavin Martin - a leading media, technology and IP law firm - and is a keen advocate of purpose-driven organisations.
Kat is the co-founder of Wrestler Agency and Studios. She has been experimenting with storytelling and interactive media since 2014. Her passion is to use new technology and creative platforms to empower people in the real world and have a positive impact on themselves or their community.
Virtual reality was the initial technology she focused on as a platform, challenging the obvious and easy types of content for more empowering interactions. Now she’s working across all platforms from mobile games to episodic content.
As well as being on the board of Women in Film and TV (WIFT) she is also on the board of Science for Technological Innovation leading their rangatahi strategy. She is a fellow of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship and she has now joined The City Gallery Wellington Foundation to get more rangatahi involved in the wider arts scene.
Advisory Board Member
Samantha is a Post-Production Executive Producer/Senior Producer who works across film, television and advertising. She has previously co-run Envy Studios, where she created their video post department, and produced at Images & Sound.
She is currently on hiatus from producing while spending time with her toddler and expecting a second child. Samantha continues with her work as a Voice Artist, and occasional actor and presenter.
Since 2012 Samantha has been a contributing WIFT member, having created, hosted and moderated many WIFT events.
Samantha brings steerage skills and experience from her time as Chairperson of Bowel Cancer New Zealand. She considers BCNZ’s most significant achievement during her tenure to be gaining government commitment to roll out a national bowel cancer screening programme.