Michael Harper (Chair)

Michael Harper is a finance lawyer and partner at Chapman Tripp (a large corporate law firm). During his career he has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok and London. He has spent much of the last 20 years working with boards in crisis or transition and has served on various boards for the last 15 years. Along the way Michael has developed strong governance skills, an understanding of the distinction between governance and management, a familiarity with working in regulated environments, cultural awareness, strong communication skills and an ability to solve problems and get things done. Michael has a strong commitment to pro-bono legal work in the entertainment sector. His pro-bono clients have included New Zealand Fashion Week, Dawn Raid and Alt TV. He is currently the chair of the board of trustees of Bayfield School and a qualified ski instructor.



Cass Avery

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.

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Tim Worrall

Tim Worrall (Ngai Tūhoe, Pākeha) is a screen-writer, director and artist based in Rotorua where he is a member of the Steambox Films collective. His own short films include MĀORI TIME (still in post), MEKE and TITS ON A BULL; as well as the short documentaries KOTUKU RERENGA RUA and THE ROAD TO WHAKARAE. Currently, he is a TV comedy writer and director for FRESH and ONLY IN AOTEAROA. Tim holds Bachelors of Fine Arts from Elam and a Master of Arts from the International Institute of Modern Letters. He is married to Taria Tahana with whom he has two sons – Tiki and Tanu.