Cass Avery (Chair)

A producer, executive producer and writer, Cass has helmed and scripted more than 50 documentaries and television series commissioned in NZ and Australia. She is currently Head of Development and the Executive Producer at Augusto, a media studio in Auckland that focuses on emerging audience platforms and adapting new technology to storytelling. Augusto has recently signed deals with Discovery Network International and BBC Worldwide for two new series. 

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Sophie Henderson

Sophie is a screenwriter, theatre-maker and actor. Her first screenplay, FANTAIL, in which she also starred, was nominated for 8 NZ Film Awards including best actress and screenplay. It had its international premiere at Rotterdam in 2014, and one the People’s Choice Award at MIFF. She is currently developing her project MANHUNT as a feature film and as a play with Silo Theatre. In 2015 Sophie worked in the script department for the miniseries THE BEAUTIFUL LIE and is now writing on a new Australian TV drama with story producer Alice Bell, who was her Script to Screen FilmUp mentor.


Tim Riley (Treasurer)

Tim is a partner at Dominion Law – New Zealand’s only multi-partner specialist entertainment law firm.
Tim acts for a range of clients across all facets of the film, television, music, theatre, and online entertainment industries.
Tim also has producer and associate producer credits to his name, most recently as the joint NZ producer (with Ant Timpson) of the NZ – Canada co-production TURBO KID, which had its world premiere at Sundance 2015.