Hobsonville Studio - Have Your Say

Posted Tuesday 18 Aug 2015

Film Auckland Inc in conjunction with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) invite you to take part in the Film Industry Forum Part II (Hobsonville Studio Proposal Information & Discussion Evening). This is an important opportunity for the industry to feed in to the work ATEED is doing.


Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM

Red Lecture Theatre
Unitec, Gate 3, 139 Carrington Road
Mt Albert
New Zealand

Places are limited so RSVP to attend NOW:


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If you are interested in finding out more about the Hobsonville studio proposal and want to feed in to what the studio complex could look like and its potential, then mark this event in your diary.

Auckland Council has given the green light to look at developing a film studio campus on 10 hectares of rate-payer-owned land at Hobsonville Pont, as long as commercially viable plan is on the table by October 31st, 2015.

There will be two parts to the evening:

6.30pm - Presentation by ATEED about the Hobsonville Studio proposal. This includes a background on the project, timeline, and what needs to happen to make it a reality. 

7.30pm - Discussion groups - your chance to provide feedback and suggestions for the proposal.

As a member of the local Auckland film industry this is a chance to have your voice heard, engage with ATEED on what your industry needs from a state-of-the-art studio campus, and build on the momentum gained from the work done to secure the tax incentives. This is an opportunity to maintain a strong industry voice!

Anyone involved in the industry is welcome, especially HODs and supply groups.

No cost to attend, but space is limited so please RSVP to guarantee your seat!

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DEGNZ Does Drama

Posted Tuesday 18 Aug 2015

The Directors and Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) has received NZ On Air Industry Development Fund support for its DEGNZ Drama Director Attachment Initiative, which will see up to three paid director attachments to New Zealand drama productions in 2015/2016.

The initiative is designed to develop and up-skill new television drama directors, contribute to the ongoing production of quality future drama, and provide another training pathway to those currently available by placing emerging directors as attachments on local drama one-offs or series.

"We are focused on maximizing the work opportunities for established and emerging DEGNZ member directors in drama," said DEGNZ Executive Director Tui Ruwhiu.

"We are extremely pleased that NZ On Air has come behind this training initiative at a time when the environment is buoyant for both local drama and international drama shooting here."

"This domestic scheme enhances the already successful director attachment programmes DEGNZ has run on international productions Spartacus and Ash vs. Evil Dead thanks to producer Rob Tapert and the New Zealand Film Commission," he added.

The cost for the attachments will be split between NZ On Air (60%) and the production company (40%), with DEGNZ administering the scheme and monitoring the directors through the attachments.

Working together with local production companies, DEGNZ will identify upcoming drama productions that could take director attachments. Calls for applications will be made with DEGNZ and NZ On Air feeding into the final selection, with the successful candidate ultimately being chosen by the production company.

DEGNZ has already had initial discussions with some local production companies regarding the initiative and expects to make a call for the first attachment opportunity in the near future.

The criteria and calls for applications will be made available on the DEGNZ website when attachment opportunities become available.