NZFC CEO Dave Gibson to step down

Dave Gibson. 

After four years leading the New Zealand Film Commission, Dave Gibson will step down as CEO in January. 

Speaking after the agency’s June board meeting, chair Kerry Prendergast said he had reluctantly accepted Gibson’s resignation. 

"The change Dave affected during his tenure at the NZFC has resulted in an organisation which is more outward looking and engaged with the industry. I know his leadership will be missed by both the staff and the film industry,” said Prendergast. 

Gibson has given six months' notice to allow for time for a recruitment and selection process.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed the last few years but have always believed CEO's shouldn't stay too long in organisations like the NZFC. I'm not sure what I'll do next, but I hope it will be as exciting and fulfilling," said Gibson. 

Gibson joined NZFC in 2014 and oversaw and the closure of the NZFC's sales agency, its subsequent replacement by Te Ahi Kaa and an increased utilisation of offshore sales agents. He also helped with the launch of the agency’s VOD platform, NZ Film on Demand.

In 2015, Gibson led the absorption of the offshore attractions agency Film NZ into the NZFC, and launched a three year scholarship program for female filmmakers with Jane Campion.

The NZFC has been involved in the financing of over 40 films in the last three years, with 2016 one of the most successful years in Kiwi film, led by Hunt for the Wilderpeople which earned over $11.5millionNZD.