James Griffin

June 30, 2018

James Griffin is New Zealand’s best-known creator of television drama and comedy having had a long and successful career as a writer, creator and developer of drama and comedy. He got his initial break in television as a university student, writing sketches for THE BILLY T JAMES SHOW and joined the Drama department of Television New Zealand in 1985 working as a scriptwriter on a number of shows including GLOSS, FUNNY BUSINESS and MARLIN BAY.

In 1994, Griffin had his first stint as Head of Development at production company South Pacific Pictures after a couple of years working in the soap-mines of early SHORTLAND STREET, as a script editor, story-editor and writer (100+ episodes.) Griffin was the co-creator/executive producer of local smash-hit OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE which went on to win numerous awards and ran for six seasons. Since then he has gone on to create or co-created five more television shows, THE BLUE ROSE, THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS, DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY, WESTSIDE and 800 WORDS. 

As well as his work in television Griffin has co-written two feature films SIONE’S WEDDING and SIONE’S WEDDING 2: UNFINISHED BUSINESS.  He has also written two plays for the stage SERIAL KILLERS and THEN COMES LOVE.  And for 12 years he also wrote a weekly humour/observational column in the New Zealand Herald. 


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