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Latest PĀNUI

12 June 2020

SCREEN SECTOR COVID-19 ACTION GROUP FRIDAY JUNE 12: PĀNUI

In today's Pānui: an update from the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group Chair, Level 1 Safety update, plus loads more....

22 May 2020

SCREEN SECTOR COVID-19 ACTION GROUP FRIDAY MAY 22: PĀNUI

In today's Pānui: updated COVID-19 Health & Safety Toolkit Standard, Protocols, Resources & the new Close Contact / On Screen Talent Scene Guidance....

15 May 2020

SCREEN SECTOR COVID-19 ACTION GROUP FRIDAY MAY 15: PĀNUI

In today's Pānui we present the Vista Foundation and Home & Family Counselling Initiative, a new mental health offering for film industry workers. And if you are shooting anything, don't forget to register your production with ScreenSafe.

8 May 2020

SCREEN SECTOR COVID-19 ACTION GROUP FRIDAY MAY 8: PĀNUI

In today's Pānui we look at the newly endorsed Health & Safety Toolkit, last chance to get your Screen Sector Strategy feedback in, & more...

1 May 2020

SCREEN SECTOR COVID-19 ACTION GROUP FRIDAY MAY 1: PĀNUI

In today's Pānui we look at ScreenSafe's Draft Health & Safety Toolkit, new On Screen Sessions for Local Screen Businesses, and more.

22 April 2020

SCREEN SECTOR COVID-19 ACTION GROUP FRIDAY APRIL 22: PĀNUI

Work Opportunities. While the screen industry is currently in lockdown there are several sectors in New Zealand who are experiencing high demand. We've been working with agencies across all industries to identify opportunities for screen industry workers to keep busy and keep earning.

17 April 2020

SCREEN SECTOR COVID-19 ACTION GROUP FRIDAY APRIL 17: PĀNUI

Health and Safety Update / Getting back to work! We are all very keen for the New Zealand screen sector to get back to work. But we are mindful that we need to do that safely, and with approval from the appropriate authorities.

8 April 2020

SCREEN SECTOR COVID-19 ACTION GROUP WEDNESDAY APRIL 8: PĀNUI

Screen Industry Guild/ScreenSafe in conjunction with COVID 19 Action Group working on Back-to-Production Toolkit. Plus, information on Mental Health, Business support, and Lockdown news, content, and opportunities.

3 April 2020

SCREEN SECTOR COVID-19 ACTION GROUP FRIDAY APRIL 1: PĀNUI

Action Group Update. The Action Group has now been operating for three weeks - two weeks outside of lockdown and one within.​

Videos from Felicity Letcher + SPADA hosted a Q&A with NZFC CEO Annabelle Sheehan and NZOA CEO Cameron Harland.

30 MARCH 2020

SCREEN SECTOR COVID-19 ACTION GROUP THURSDAY MARCH 30: PĀNUI

In order for the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group to advocate on your behalf, we want to better understand your current situation and what is important to you. Please complete the survey and once you're done, share it with your local screen industry colleagues and friends.

26 MARCH 2020

SCREEN SECTOR COVID-19 ACTION GROUP THURSDAY MARCH 26: PĀNUI

The Action Group is currently undertaking talks with government stakeholders - including the Ministry of Culture & Heritage, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, NZ Film Commission and NZ On Air - to discuss the effect of the COVID-19 shutdown on workers, productions and businesses within the sector.

MONDAY 23 MARCH 2020

In response to the immediate impact of COVID-19 on the New Zealand screen industry, the sector has today announced the formation of the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group and a screen-specific online information hub.

 
While the indeterminate hiatus of a number of large international line productions has already resulted in job losses, many essential New Zealand productions continue to strive to keep cast and crew safe at work, whilst ensuring their productions remain operational.
 
Now, more than ever, the screen industry needs to work cohesively for the benefit of the sector at large. While progress continues on the Screen Sector Strategy 2030, the Strategy Facilitation Group has acted quickly to establish the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group to address the immediate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry. This pan-sector team comprises many key screen industry guilds and organisations, as well as major stakeholders. 
 
The www.screenindustrynz.co.nz website will act as a one-stop hub to assist screen producers and industry workers find screen-specific health and safety resources, wage and earning subsidy assistance and information, key updates on COVID-19 as well as relevant news and updates from screen guilds and industry organisations.
 
Currently, the key focus for the wider industry is the health and safety of those working on domestic productions and it is vital that all productions in New Zealand adhere to Government advisories and safety measures. ScreenSafe, the industry’s health and safety advocacy group, has added two documents on the website, Covid-19 Health & Safety Policy and Covid-19 Contact Declaration Form.  These documents are intended to give production companies and heads of departments guidance and forms to manage COVID-19 on a working production.
 
The local screen industry eco-system right now is very fragile, and the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group recognises the importance of keeping domestic productions operational where possible, or ready to gear back up as quickly as possible should an increase in New Zealand's COVID-19 Alert level necessitate work stoppages.
 
The other key priority for the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group during this initial phase of the COVID-19 crisis is working closely with key stakeholders, including funding bodies and financiers, to explore the various ways in which the domestic screen production industry can be supported in order to continue working safely during these uncertain times.
 
Beyond this acute response, the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group will also be looking at funding mechanisms and networks to facilitate training and development opportunities for affected businesses as well as individual crew members, performers, writers and directors. 
 
These unprecedented times call for calm and proactive decision-making in order to protect the local screen sector and to ensure that when recovery happens – and it will – the industry is ready to operate at maximum capacity again for our domestic productions and so that international line productions can return as soon as it is viable.

 
www.screenindustrynz.co.nz


SCREEN SECTOR COVID-19 ACTION GROUP - MEMBERS

Alice Shearman             New Zealand Writers Guild
Brian Finn                      Weta Group
Denise Roche                Actors Equity NZ

Felicity Letcher              Main Reactor
Grant Baker                   Auckland Screen Alliance / Film Auckland / Images & Sound
Hineani Melbourne       Ngā Aho Whakaari
Kelly Lucas                     Screen Industry Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand
Marc Laureano               Pan-Asian Screen Collective

Matthew Metcalfe         General Film Corporation
Nik Beachman               NZ Advertising Producers Group

Patricia Watson             WIFT NZ (Women in Film and Television)
Peter Clews                   NZ Advertising Producers Group
Rebekah 'Bex' Kelly      Finch Company / NZAPG

Richard Fletcher            SPADA / Libertine Pictures
Sally Campbell              South Pacific Pictures
Sandy Gildea                 SPADA (Screen Production & Development Association)
Sioux Macdonald          Screen Industry Guild of NZ / Filmcrews
Stephen Knightly          NZ Game Developers Association

Tui Ruwhiu                     Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

SCREEN SECTOR COVID-19 ACTION GROUP - STAKEHOLDERS

Domestic and international screen producers & productions

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Screen funding bodies:

Regional economic development agencies:

 

Regional Film Offices of New Zealand

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