Suzy Cato has been a familiar face on the NZ screens since 1990(!). Suzy is now a doting mum of two beautiful children. Suzy formed her production company Treehut Limited in 1999 to create the science based Suzy’s World. The company now produces The Great Big Kids’ Show, a weekly radio show and also produces the infotainment series ‘Bryan & Bobby’, with Snr Constable Bryan Ward, QSM, and his loveable “puppy” Bobby.
John Harris is a TV producer and writer. In 1994 he set up Greenstone which produces documentaries, factual series and occasional children’s drama series – all of which have sold around the world.
John has four grown children and five grandchildren, and has written children’s stories for many years. He is currently developing scripts for family movies.
Dr Ian Hassall
Dr Ian Hassall is a children’s advocate and former Children’s Commissioner. A specialist paediatrician he has been at the forefront of children’s issues in NZ for over 40 years. In 2010 he received from UNICEF international the Aldo Farina Award for child rights advocacy.
He is at present Research Associate at AUT and is a panel member of the government’s Confidential Listening and Assistance Service. He has four children and seven grandchildren and lives with his wife, Jenny, in Epsom.
Pieter Holl is the Managing Director of Pieter Holl and Associates Limited, which is widely regarded as the leading New Zealand tax, grant and accounting adviser to the film and television industry. The firm has advised most of the larger international productions that have been filmed in New Zealand in recent years and a growing number of New Zealand productions. Pieter is passionate about building a sustainable industry that can attain international success. He and his partner, Felicity, have a 13-year-old daughter, Katie, who has taught them a great deal about children and many other things.
Janette Howe (Chair) is a documentary producer/director, writer, and mother of two young children.
Janette has an MA1st Class Hons in Screen Production from Auckland University and is currently studying for an MA in Arts Management at AUT.
Yvonne Mackay is the head of ProductionShed.TV, being both Managing Director and Chief Producer. Yvonne brings to the table not just drive and passion, but almost three decades of hands on experience in the industry.
Yvonne also served as a board member on the Wellington Film Archive in 2009 and 2010 where she is still a current convocation member. She has been a member on the Toi Whakaari Drama School board since 2011.
Yvonne often travels overseas to various conferences like Mipcom, MipJunior, MipTV, Kidscreen, the Frankfurt Bookfair and SPAA.
Tim Riley is a commercial lawyer specialising in the entertainment industries. He acts for a range of people in the film, TV and music industries. He is the honorary lawyer for Script 2 Screen, and the designated legal provider to the NZ Directors Guild. Tim is a producer himself with a NZ-Canada co-production currently in development. Tim is married to an actress and they have two small boys.
Kate Stevenson is the Director of Communications for Star86.com, an online virtual world for children based on musical creativity and collaboration.
Overseeing a global community of kids, she is at the forefront of international issues for children in digital media and passionate about building sustainable businesses in the screen industry.
Ian Lemuel Taylor CNZM (born c.1950) is a prominent businessman from Dunedin. A former television presenter (notably for TVNZ children’s programme Spot On and New Zealand’s Funniest Home Videos, Taylor founded Taylormade Media in 1989 as a television production company. The following year he established Animation Research Limited, which quickly became one of the top computer animation companies in New Zealand and known internationally for its work, particularly in television advertising and sports graphics.
Most recently Taylor was named Maori business leader of the year, held at the The University of Auckland Business School.
Dr Ruth Zanker
Dr Ruth Zanker is an academic and researcher specialising in children’s television and currently is the programme leader and co-ordinator of research at the NZ Broadcasting school. She was founding chair in 1988 of the Children’s Television Foundation which was instrumental in ensuring the funding of diverse television content for young poeple through NZ On Air.