Congratulations to Steve Barr and Britta Hawkins who are two of the four new TVNZ content commissioners! Here's a bit more about the commissioners and what they'll be doing in their new roles.

The Local Content team is responsible for the development, commissioning and internal production of local drama, comedy, entertainment, factual and tamariki as well as Māori and Pasifika news and current affairs on TVNZ's platforms.

Drama and scripted comedy commissioner
For almost 30 years Steve has been a writer, development executive, producer and member of corporate teams in big Hollywood studios, small indie production companies and many places in between - including the presidency of the NZ Writers Guild and a regular scripted assessor for NZOA.

Shortland St commissioner
Britta Hawkins is an established independent television producer and director with more than 20 years' experience in the NZ industry. Britta was a DA and then Director on Shortland Street from the late 1990s - she directed the "Ferndale Strangler" and downfall and death of Joey Henderson episode in 2007. She's directed and/or produced on a range of prime-time series including Fresh Eggs, Dirty Laundry, Nothing Trivial, Go Girls, Step Dave and Stolen.

Māori and Pacific commissioner
Summer Wharekawa (Ngāti Tahu, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto) joined the Local Content team earlier this month from Greenstone where she has been an Executive Producer. Summer brings more than 15 years of experience to the role - she was the Senior Commissioner and Interim Head of Content Development at Māori Television for two years. Prior to that Summer worked as producer, director, production manager and researcher for several independent production companies - including her own across factual, entertainment and tamariki content.

Tamariki and HEIHEI commissioner
Ngawaero Maniapoto (Ngāti Manipoto, Ngai te Rangi & Ngāpuhi) is returning to Te Reo Tātaki as the new Tamariki and HEIHEI Commissioner. Nga brings almost ten years of experience in various roles in the industry. She's worked as a production manager and researcher; was the Commissioning Assistant 2014-2017 and went on to programme Tamariki Hā! for Māori Television. She is coming across from the independent sector where she's been PMing a scripted comedy, lifestyle series and a new animated series for HEIHEI, The Ex Squad.



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