New CEO of New Zealand Film Commission
The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) has announced its new CEO: Dave Gibson will take up the reins from January 2014.
The announcement was made by the NZFC’s chair Patsy Reddy, who said of the hire: “Dave Gibson is one of New Zealand’s most experienced film and television producers and we are delighted to have secured his services for this important leadership role. He has a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience of the New Zealand industry across both film and television which we see as invaluable for the NZFC, particularly as we seek to encourage the development of sustainable businesses with stronger international reach.”
Gibson’s industry background is robust: he founded Wellington-based The Gibson Group, which is prolific in making TV drama and feature film, often working with international co-producers from countries including Canada, the UK and Australia.
His involvement in The Gibson Group is currently changing – by the time he takes up his new five year contract at the NZFC he will have sold all his shares.
Gibson is recognised as an important figure in New Zealand film and TV – in 2012 he was made an Officer of the Order or Merit for services to the industry and has served on the board of the Film Commission.
Gibson’s appointment follows the departure of Graeme Mason, who is now CEO at Screen Australia.