In Conversation with Kelly Martin, Chief Executive, South Pacific Pictures

In Conversation with Kelly Martin, Chief Executive, South Pacific Pictures

Posted Tuesday 15 Mar 2022

Kelly Martin spent the first 20 years of her career working across both TVNZ and Mediaworks, and rose through the network ranks from photocopying to international acquisitions, before she became Director of Programming at Mediaworks where she oversaw local drama successes like Outrageous Fortune, and comedy hits bro’Town and 7 Days

Kelly joined South Pacific Pictures in 2012 and has worked as an Executive Producer on TV2’s top-rating soap Shortland Street, and on a run of shows, including Westside, The Almighty Johnsons, The Brokenwood Mysteries, 800 Words, Mean Mums, Educators, In Dark Places, The Bad Seed and The Sounds.

Kelly recently produced her first feature film This Town – which was released during COVID in 2020, but still managed to be number one at the NZ box office for several weeks.

In this conversation Kelly will share her learnings and experiences – from how she progressed her career, to what makes a great pitch, to how to deal constructively with the broadcasters, to tips on making your first feature film.

Kelly will be interviewed by Tauranga-based screenwriter and journalist, Emma Power.

Date: Wednesday 30 March
Time:  5.30pm networking for 6pm start
Venue: The Tauranga Club, Level 5, Devonport Towers 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga

Members and non-members free for our first event! Nibbles will be supplied.
Cash bar. 

Please note attendance at this event will require a vaccine passport.

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Date: Wednesday 30 Mar 2022
Location: The Tauranga Club, Level 5, Devonport Towers 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga
Time: 5:30 networking for 6pm start


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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.

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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.

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