CANCELLED Strategies for Successful Producer-Director Collaborations (WTN)

CANCELLED Strategies for Successful Producer-Director Collaborations (WTN)

Posted Monday 09 Oct 2023

This event has been cancelled.

WIFT NZ brings you this special in-depth conversation with executive directors Sandy Gildea from the Screen Producers and Developers Association (SPADA) and Tui Ruwhui from the Directors and Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand (DEGANZ). In their executive and advocacy roles in the screen industry, Sandy and Tui have a unique insight into successful producer-director collaborations. Join them to explore: 

  • Finding the right collaborator as a producer or director.
  • Understanding the parameters of your role and ensuring your contracts reflect these.
  • Establishing healthy boundaries as a producer and director.
  • Maintaining a healthy collaborative relationship that lasts beyond one project.
  • Where does creative control lie between producer and director?

Moderator: Rouzie Hassanova

Rouzie Hassanova is an award-winning writer/ director based in Aotearoa New Zealand after 20 years in London. Currently freelancing as a Development Producer at Sweetshop & Green, Rouzie  is also a creative leader with over 15 years of experience in international film finance, distribution, production, post-production and development. Having worked at Libertine Pictures, the New Zealand Film Commission, Great Southern TV, Mister Smith Entertainment, and HanWay Films, she brings market and storytelling insight.


Sandy Gildea

Tui Ruwhui 
Tui Ruwhiu (Ngāpuhi) started in TV as a production assistant working overseas, before setting up a line production company working in TV commercials. He went on to write, direct, produce and executive-produce in corporation communications, news and travel programming, then established a boutique marketing communications company. He returned to the screen industry primarily as a film producer, at the same time working as Executive Director at DEGANZ.

RSVP essential to

WIFT NZ members FREE; Non-members $20, Students $10 cash at the door; includes wine and nibbles.

Date: Wednesday 11 Oct 2023
Location: Taia Studios, 4 Bay Rd, Kilbirnie, Wellington
Time: 6pm drinks for a 6:30pm start


Upcoming events...

Saturday 25 May 2024

Producing Travel, Adventure and Food Shows with Jon Kroll

We are thrilled to announce this special intensive workshop with Emmy Award-winning TV producer Jon Kroll including two guest speakers, for our Wellington members!

In this one-day seminar, producer Jon Kroll will take you on a deep dive into the world of international factual production. Jon has worked in more than 70 countries on shows like the Emmy-winning “Amazing Race,” “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted,” “Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins,” “Extraordinary Birder with Christian Cooper” and “Appetite for Adventure with Moe Cason.”

While making these shows can be both fun and rewarding, the execution of them involves unique challenges, including language barriers, currency fluctuations, permitting, equipment carnets, unpredictable weather, insurance, diseases, safety, casting, scouting and travel delays. He’ll take you on a journey from the first network country pitch to the final sound mix, and by the end you’ll be ready to take on the world.

He will also be inviting guest speakers Tara Williams’, the Vice President of Production at Original Productions, and Alexander Ayling, a full-time award-winning filmmaker, content creator, Youtuber, and television host, to share their wealth of knowledge inside this seminar.

Make the most of this opportunity!

Date: Saturday, 25 May 

Time:  10am – 4pm

Venue: Massey University, Wellington

Cost: Members $20.  Non-members $40. Massey Students $10.

 Coffee, tea and biscuits provided.  Bring your own lunch.

Book Your Ticket Here.

Programme is brought to you with generous support from the NZ Film Commission and Foundation North.