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.
March 27, 2019
Script to Screen is proud to award eight filmmakers a place on the 2019 FilmUp Mentorship Programme. Each participant is matched with a filmmaker mentor, and will attend a series of FilmUp hub days as part of the eight-month programme that is tailored to their individual needs.... Read more
March 21, 2019
Eight new scripted stories by, for and about Pasifika and Asian peoples have been selected for development under a new initiative from NZ On Air. The teams selected will participate in a development programme run by Script to Screen, including follow up mentoring to guide them as they prepare to submit production funding applications.... Read more
Producer Jeff Wexler (Studio Ghibli, Studio Ponoc) joins us from Tokyo to share insights into successfully bringing culturally specific stories to global audiences. The session includes a screening of Studio Ponoc’s newest film, MODEST HEROES: PONOC SHORT FILMS THEATRE, VOLUME 1. ... Read more
We are sad to say that this talk has been cancelled due to illness. We apologise for any inconvenience, our thoughts are with Alanis and we hope for her speedy recovery.... Read more