We are a leading multi-genre Film & TV production company that thrives on creating strong ideas we believe in.

Who we are

Creating ambitious and gripping programs that push boundaries

We seek out passionate, innovative and world-class talent, and give them the tools to create ambitious and gripping programs that push boundaries and resonate with audiences across the world.

Started in 2002, Great Southern Television is a multi-award winning international production company based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Since then, we have produced over 80 original productions and worked with the likes of The BBC, Netflix, AMC, Discovery, The History Channel, Foxtel, TVNZ, THREE and Channel 7. We have won numerous local and international awards - including Best Drama at the New Zealand Television Awards in 2020 - and, in 2018, joined Seven Studios.

We seek out passionate, innovative and world-class talent, and give them the tools to create ambitious and gripping programs that push boundaries and resonate with audiences across the world.

Great Southern Television is motivated by a passion for three things:

Great Stories.

With indie sensibilities, we pursue unique narratives with scale and ambition. We strive to deliver work of an extremely high-calibre - whether that be a long-running drama series, a feature film, an observational documentary series, or a commercial reality television show - that resonates with audiences around the world.

Great People.

Great stories need great storytellers. Great Southern Television has built an international reputation for working with world-class writers, producers, directors and visionaries. We are invested in supporting and developing outstanding creatives: whether established or emerging.

Great Partners.

At Great Southern Television, we believe stories should entertain, inspire and challenge audiences around the world. We work alongside indigenous communities and companies, and are proudly one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading producers of Māori programmes. Great Southern Television actively contributes to the development of a new generation of indigenous storytellers through our own bespoke initiatives.

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Team

Phillip Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Phillip Smith

Philip is one of Australasia’s most prolific television producers, having created over 50 original television series that have screened around the world, including on BBC, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky UK, Nat Geo, Discovery, the History Channel, Ch7 Australia, Ch9 Australia, TVNZ, TV3 and Prime. Philip oversees the creative direction of Great Southern, pitching, sales, and the production of all shows at an Executive Producer level.

Lauren Tennent

Chief Operating Officer

Lauren Tennent

As COO, Lauren oversees the day-to-day management of GSTV and is responsible for company strategy, slate management, and all commercials and legal.

Cass Donaldson

Head of Post-Production

Cass Donaldson

Cass has worked in the film and television industry since the early 90’s. An award-winning producer, Cass has worked on a wide variety of projects; from big budget Hollywood features, to being a Technical Supervisor on major reality series such as ‘The Biggest Loser’. Cass acts as Production/Post-Production manager on Great Southern’s unscripted/factual projects.

Annabelle Lee-Mather

Head of Indigenous Development

Annabelle Lee-Mather

Annabelle Lee-Mather (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāti Kahungunu) is a multi award-winning Māori television-maker who has worked in indigeous programming for nearly two decades. She is the creator and an executive producer of the Netflix acquired series The Casketeers and the executive producer of Three’s acclaimed current affairs series The Hui. As part of her role at Great Southern, Annabelle oversees all aspects of indigenous storytelling.

Vicky Maples

Financial Controller

Vicky Maples

Vicky manages the Corporate and Production Finance department. She also manages, develops and implements the financial systems for Great Southern Television. Vicky has a strong background in Project Accounting. Prior to joining GSTV, she spent 10 years in the Advertising Industry.

Adrian Stevanon

Head of Factual

Adrian Stevanon

An award-winning journalist and producer of Samoan/Swiss descent. Over the last 18 years he has directed, reported and produced for a number of documentaries, as well as for One News, Native Affairs, The Hui, The Coconet & Sunday. Adrian oversees and drives all development and factual projects for Great Southern.

Kathleen Anderson

Head of Drama

Kathleen Anderson

Kathleen joined GSTV in 2020 as Executive Producer of One Lane Bridge, and to develop an exciting slate of new projects. Before joining, Kathleen was Head of Scripted at Te Reo Tātaki, Television New Zealand where she worked across a range of drama and comedy including, Wellington Paranormal, In Dark Places, Ablaze, Baby Mama’s Club, and international co-production, The Luminaries.

Victoria Boult

Development Executive

Victoria Boult

After undertaking a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and English Literature (Hons I) at the University of Sydney, Victoria (Ngāi Tahu) joined Great Southern in the role of Development Executive. Her responsibilities include supporting the ideation, development and production of all unscripted, factual and drama series at GSTV.

Kelly Bent

Assistant Accountant

Kelly Bent

Kelly studied a Bachelor of Business Analysis at the University of Waikato, before joining the team at Great Southern. She is responsible for day-to-day accounting, accounts payable, payroll, accounts reconciliation, month end, cash and bank management.

Awards

Best Format Reality Series

The Apprentice Aotearoa

NZTV Awards 2021 - Results Pending

Best Current Affairs Programme

The Hui

NZTV Awards 2021 - Results Pending

Te Māngai Paho Best Māori Programme

The Casketeers

NZTV Awards 2021 - Results Pending

Te Māngai Paho Best Māori Programme

NZ Wars; Stories of Tainui

NZTV Awards 2021 - Results Pending

Te Māngai Paho Best Māori Programme

The Hui

NZTV Awards 2021 - Results Pending

Reporter of the Year

Mihingarangi Forbes, The Hui

NZTV Awards 2021 - Results Pending

NZ On Air Best Drama Series

One Lane Bridge

NZTV Awards 2020

Te Māngai Paho Best Māori Programme

NZ Wars; Stories of Waitara

NZTV Awards 2020

Best Format Reality Series

My Restaurant Rules

NZTV Awards 2020