Announcing our new Script to Screen Executive Director

27 May, 2024

In March 2024 Script to Screen Trustees formed a recruitment committee to find the new Executive Director for Script to Screen Te Tari Tuhi Kupu a Whakaahua.

The committee conducted a thorough process to review applications and then interview well qualified candidates. Significant consideration was given to the skills, experiences and expertise needed to successfully lead Script to Screen.

We are now pleased to announce that Dale Corlett (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne, Ngāti Ira) has been engaged as Executive Director beginning 10 July 2024.

Dale is a BAFTA Scotland nominated feature film director who has worked in talent development for the past 30 years including 11 years as CEO/Creative Director of GMAC Film, a not-for-profit charity in Scotland recognised as one of the leading talent development and independent filmmaker centre’s there, and more recently 9 years as the Head of Talent Development at the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC).

During his time at the NZFC Dale led in the planning, development and implementation of the NZFC’s Te Rautaki Māori and more recently the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. He also led in the development and implementation of the NZFC Talent Development strategy and worked closely with Script to Screen and all the guilds and industry organisations across the sector.

When he was interviewed for the Script to Screen role, Dale declared a conflict of interest as per the NZFC Conflict of Interest Policy. Since then, a process has been in place at the NZFC to manage the conflict, including delegation of Dale’s decision-making powers to another member of the NZFC leadership team. This means Dale is not a decision maker across any industry funding rounds that have been open or being assessed since Dale’s Script to Screen interview. Dale is due to finish at the NZFC in early July.

Dale says “I have always been inspired by the work Script to Screen delivers and the impact its programmes make for our screen storytellers. So, it is a huge honour and privilege to have been chosen by the board of Script to Screen to be the next Executive Director”.

Dale is passionate about untapping the potential of Aotearoa’s screen talent and he knows the local screen industry well. This will contribute to a smooth and seamless hand over as Jackie Dennis departs.

Please join us in welcoming our new Executive Director.

Dale Corlett




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