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.
July 27, 2018 - July 28, 2018, Civic Wintergarden, Auckland
The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) and Script to Screen are thrilled to present two very special TALKS with celebrated director Debra Granik (WINTER'S BONE) and New Zealand actor Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie. ... Read more
August 4, 2018 - August 5, 2018, Samoa House Studio, 20 Beresford Square, Auckland
A one and a half day course on writing a feature film looks at strategies for Coming up with a Cinematic Concept, growing Captivating Characters, locating the Core of your story and establishing your personal Connection to it.... Read more
August 11, 2018 - August 12, 2018, Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre
a weekend workshop for the storytelling and filmmaking community with dramaturg, Brita McVeigh. If you have a project at any stage of development this process will change how you work TOGETHER.... Read more
July 6, 2018
We are so excited to bring the eight exceptional advisors from New Zealand, Australia, Denmark and United States who will work with the eight teams selected for Episodic Lab Aotearoa to develop their skills and to projects across the five day immersive lab.... Read more