April 23, 2018

By Vanessa Thorpe, The Observer Sun 22 Apr 2018

Labour to address lack of diversity in British film with new tax relief rules
Changes to put ‘rocket booster’ under industry to improve inclusion


https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/apr/21/labour-new-tax-relief-rules-boost-diversity-film-industry?CMP=share_btn_fb

April 20, 2018

Executive Officer for Auckland Regional Screen Advisory Board

Film Auckland Inc.’s vision is a vibrant, growing screen production industry in the Auckland region.  In order to achieve this vision, Film Auckland Inc. must: -

  • Support the growth of our local screen industry
  • Support the international TVC, TV and Film productions that choose to work in New Zealand.
  • Develop partnerships with key stakeholders that can support and share in the Film Auckland Inc. vision
  • Act as a focal point of advocacy for the Auckland screen production industry for initiatives that develop regional industry capacity and capability.
  • Purpose

The purpose of the Executive Officer of Film Auckland is to support and assist the Chairman and the Film Auckland Board (“the Board”) to meet the vision of the organisation. The Executive Officer will be under the supervision of the Chairman or any delegated officer of the Board for this purpose.

Term and Hours

The role of Executive Officer is a part-time position of up to 16 hours per week. The amount of hours required may vary from week to week and in some instances maybe a few hours a week and during busy times, it may stretch up to 16 hours per week. A consistent set of core hours will be agreed between the Chairman and the successful candidate. However, there is an understanding that there will be a degree of flexibility available to both the Executive Officer and to Film Auckland. For example, the Executive Officert may organise and attend occasional Film Auckland and screen industry evening events, meetings, hosting and functions

Overtime payment beyond 16 working hours will not be available but sustained extra or extended hours will be compensated by time in lieu on a one for one basis.

The successful candidate will fill in time sheets to payment for the hours worked will be done fortnightly in arrears.

The Executive Officer will be responsible for:

  • Overall administration of the society
  • Liaison with our accountants and book-keeper accounts and taxes (if any)
  • Membership recruitment and retention (keeping them informed, keeping them paid up)
  • Updates and maintenance of our website including liaison with our webdesigners
  • Attending and minuting board and AGM Meetings (minutes, agenda) followed by distribution of minutes to members
  • Asisting with drafting of Comms/Draft Press Releases
  • Events organisation
  • Coordinating and filing annual changes to the Office of Societies (lodge accounts, change of committee)
  • Bank liaison (statements, accounts, inventory, setting up payments etc)
  • Point of contact with guilds.
  • Social media
  • Day to day activities
  • Keeping abreats of indusry news and developments
  • Liaison with ATEED, Screen Auckland and other stakeholders & partners
  • Seeking sponsorships and partnerships

Key Competencies Required

  • Affinity for and/or knowledge of the local screen production business community
  • Highly developed project management skills
  • Proven capacity to be task focussed, independent and to prioritise work to achieve required outcomes
  • Experience interacting with external clients, business and community groups, screen production practitioners and government agencies
  • A proven ability to establish and implement effective and professional communication ‘enquiry response’ protocols
  • Computer literacy including Office applications, database, Survey Monkey and Mail Chimp
  • Ability to accept responsibility and work autonomously
  • Proven ability to work in a pressured and constantly changing environment whilst exercising initiative, judgment and enthusiasm

Essential Qualities

  • An outcome focus – the ability and flexibility to manage oneself and available resources to achieve objectives
  • Professional credibility – the ability to develop partnerships and to maintain and demonstrate technical skills and knowledge
  • Communication – the ability to listen and communicate effectively
  • Team work – the ability to work effectively in a team, to set goals, work effectively with others to deliver results, build team spirit and support others
  • Contextual sensitivity – the ability to understand the roles, functions and structures of industry participants and the nature of the wider cultural, social and economic environment the industry operates within, including demonstrating sensitivity to partnerships and cross-cultural issues

Key Relationships

  • Film Auckland Inc. Chairman
  • Film Auckland Inc. Board
  • Film Auckland Inc. sponsors and partners
  • Auckland’s screen production industry
  • International screen production industry
  • Screen production industry Associations and Guilds
  • ATEED
  • Screen Auckland
  • Auckland Council and CCOs
  • RFONZ and other Regional Film Offices
  • NZ Film Commission and other screen agencies
  • Investment New Zealand
  • New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
  • Local and national MPs and their political parties
  • Other stakeholders and associated industries

Please submit your CV and a cover letter together with names and contact numbers of 3 referees to .

April 18, 2018

Auckland closes the gap on Wellington as the home of New Zealand film production

By James Croot, stuff.co.nz,  April 11 2018

In figures released by Stats NZ on Monday, Auckland's share of New Zealand's annual film production revenue increased to 43 per cent in 2017. Wellington still led the way with 55 per cent as New Zealand's overall film production revenue increased by 15 per cent to $1.1b.

Stats NZ business performance manager Laura O'Leary said Auckland's film production revenue was estimated at $489m last year, an increase of 37 per cent from 2016, while the Capital's revenue was slightly down.

Jason Statham-starrer The Meg, Shailene Woodley thriller Adrift and New Zealand family comedy Kiwi Christmaswere among the feature films to shoot in Auckland last year, while Wellington-based production and post-production companies contributed to the making of Ghost in the ShellThor: RagnarokBlade Runner 2049Justice League, and War for the Planet of the Apes and Mortal Engines was also shot there.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/103010035/auckland-close-the-gap-on-wellington-as-the-home-of-nz-film-production

April 18, 2018

Irish Government to Invest $250 Million Over 10 Years in Screen Industries

By , Variety, 11 April

The Irish government is set to pump €200 million ($247.2 million) into the country’s media production and audiovisual industries over the next 10 years. The announcement came as part of the publication of a government report Tuesday titled “Investing in Our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018-2027,” a cornerstone of its Project Ireland 2040 initiative.

Ireland’s national film agency, the Irish Film Board, which manages funds for the development and production of Irish film, television drama, documentary and animation, welcomed the announcement. In a speech Tuesday chair Annie Doona also revealed the agency would be changing its name to Screen Ireland, which she said reflected “the widening remit of the board.”

http://variety.com/2018/film/news/irish-government-invest-250-million-over-10-years-screen-industries-1202750662/

April 18, 2018

Auckland's screen production sector worth $1 billion

Auckland's screen production sector earned more than $1.1 billion in gross revenue in 2017, according to Statistics New Zealand's latest annual industry economic data.

Production of the first season of The Shannara Chronicles based in Auckland

"With the two new sound stages at Kumeū Film Studios about to be completed and a major international production ready to move in for the rest of the year, and a number of other key television productions such as Power Rangers – in town again at Studio West and on location – this year is another strong one."

Nick Hill, chief executive of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development 

http://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/articles/news/2018/4/aucklands-screen-production-sector-worth-1billion/

March 19, 2018

Film Industry Working Group announced

The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway today announced the establishment of a Film Industry Working Group, facilitated by Linda Clark, to find a fit-for purpose way to restore workers’ rights in the screen industry. The Working Group is made up of key industry players like Film Auckland, as well as BusinessNZ and the Council of Trade Unions.

“This Government is determined that all New Zealand workers get a fair go, including film workers,” says Mr Lees-Galloway.

“The 2010 ‘Hobbit law’ meant film production workers were treated as independent contractors, unless they are party to a written employment agreement that states they are employees. This effectively denied them rights enjoyed by other workers in New Zealand. Contractors do not have the right to bargain collectively under the Employment Relations Act.

“New Zealand must have a highly skilled and innovative economy that provides well-paid, decent jobs, and delivers on economic growth and productivity,” says Mr Lees-Galloway. “To achieve these outcomes, working people need a voice in their workplace through collective bargaining.

“The industry has agreed to work collaboratively to find a durable solution to restore collective bargaining rights for film production workers, without necessarily changing the status of those who wish to continue working as independent contractors.”

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1801/S00083/film-industry-working-group-announced.htm