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Thu, 09 May


The Spinoff Office Level 2, Entrance

PISA & PASC PRESENTS: How We Got There: From Idea to Impact Season 2

Join us for the second installment of "How We Got There: From Idea to Impact", featuring the storytelling duo Kiel McNaughton and Kerry Warkia, also known as Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions (known for "Vai", "Kāinga", "The Legend of Baron To’a", "Good Grief").

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PISA & PASC PRESENTS: How We Got There: From Idea to Impact Season 2
PISA & PASC PRESENTS: How We Got There: From Idea to Impact Season 2

Time & Location

09 May 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm NZST

The Spinoff Office Level 2, Entrance, 6A Western Springs Road, Morningside, Auckland 1021, New Zealand

About the Event

Want to see how meaningful and empowering collaborations can lead to international success?

This event brings you face-to-face with Kiel McNaughton and Kerry Warkia, a storytelling duo whose cultural identities fuel their creative work. Starting as actors, they've built Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions into a force in the New Zealand screen industry. Their passion for diversity and showcasing unique stories has led to a successful portfolio of web series, features, and television series.

Delving into BSAG produced series Good Grief, this informative discussion facilitated by Marc Laureano covers how, with a budget of $500,000 from NZ On Air, Kiel and Kerry collaborated with the creators, produced and marketed the sleeper hit series to becoming a hot property. They secured a second season with AMC in the US and distribution across North America, Australia and the UK.

Emerging filmmakers and producers with series ambitions can learn how BSAG identifies and delivers quality under considerable constraints and, more broadly, hear Kiel and Kerry’s insights practical advice on a range of topics including authentic storytelling that resonates with audiences, IP and growing sustainable careers.

With a Q&A session and post-event opportunities to mingle with other attendees and practitioners, this is a session not to be missed.

The space is limited, so make sure you get your spot by clicking the registration button or click here. 

When: Thursday 9 May, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where: The Spinoff Office Level two, Entrance 6A Western Springs Road, Morningside, Auckland 1021

This event is free for members of PASC and PISA. Non-members are requested to contribute a koha upon entry.

Speaker Bios

Kiel McNaughton

Kiel is a director and producer of innovative film and television including the award-winning comedy series Auckland Daze, Find Me A Māori Bride, This Is Piki and Good Grief which has been acquired by AMC for Sundance Now and IFC. Kiel was the lead director on action/thriller Vegas for TVNZ and has directed episodes of My Life is Murder for Channel 10 and Acorn TV in the US. Kiel’s first film as a director, The Legend of Baron To’a was acquired for release in the US in Dec 2020 by Gravitas Ventures. Kiel was recently awarded Best Director at the 2023 NZTV Awards for the telefeature Princess of Chaos and is currently working as the showrunner on the drama series Tangata Pai. Kiel is a co-founder of joint venture company Green Sugar Media and has a slate of film and TV projects in development both locally and internationally.

Kerry Warkia

Kerry has been at the forefront of NZ’s most innovative content including the ground-breaking feature film Waru which premiered at TIFF. Her second feature Vai premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival 2019. Kerry’s third feature, The Legend of Baron To'a was released in 2020 to critical acclaim; acquired by Gravitas Ventures for distribution in the US. In 2021 Kerry secured a commission from AMC for Good Grief which was released in the US, UK, Can, Aus & NZ. In 2022 Kerry produced Kāinga, the final chapter in the trilogy of female-led portmanteau features, a legacy that has given a platform to 29 women of colour filmmakers. Kerry is currently producing the drama series Tangata Pai as well as a feature film co-production with Australia and has a number of projects in development.

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