Magazine article Variety

New Zealand Film Commish Taps Sheehan as New CEO

Magazine article Variety

New Zealand Film Commish Taps Sheehan as New CEO

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VETERAN CREATIVE industry administrator Annabelle Sheehan is set to take over as CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission, replacing the departing Dave Gibson. Sheehan will take up the role in January.

The New Zealand Film Commission is the primary state-backed organization with oversight of the country's film industry. It has responsibility for setting policy, and is tasked with the administration of the country's generous Screen Production Grant, as well as direct film investment and marketing. The NZFC and Film New Zealand, which worked to attact foreign shoots to the country, merged in August 2015.

Sheehan is currently CEO of the South Australia Film Commission, a position she has held since 2015, having headed investment programs and funding initiatives in West Australia's Screenwest. From 2004-2013, she worked at RGM Artist Group, representing high-profile Australian actors, directors, writers and radio and TV presenters. …

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