Great Southern Television (GSTV) is a leading multi-genre Film & TV production company that thrives on creating strong ideas we believe in. GSTV has a global reputation for high quality shows including One Lane Bridge, Hillary, The Casketeers, Coast New Zealand and Coast Australia.

To date GSTV has produced over 60 original productions and worked with a host of broadcasters and platforms internationally including BBC, Netflix, The Discovery Channel, ABC, The History Channel, Foxtel, Ten, TVNZ, TV3, SKY, Facebook and ESPN. Most recently the company received a record number of drama nominations and awards at the NZ TV Awards, including Best Screenplay. Represented by WME, GSTV optioned its comedy series Agent Anna to Seth Gordon and Sony, and had its controversial thriller, the Cult, remade in Russia. It is also the creator and producer of Netflix’s global doc series hit, The Casketeers.

Helmed by the award-winning writer and producer Philip Smith, a former war correspondent and writer for the Financial Times and the Economist, and later become a television correspondent and producer. Smith established GSTV in 2002, quickly developing it into one of New Zealand’s major production companies. In 2018 GSTV joined Seven Studios, with major production companies in the USA, the UK and Australia. Amongst its hits are the long running soap opera Home and Away; the acclaimed series Blue Healers, All Saints and Packed to the Rafters; as well as the global entertainment hit format My Kitchen Rules.

KEY STAFF

PHILIP SMITH

CEO

Philip is one of Australasia’s most prolific television creators having created over 50 original television series, that have sold and screened the world over, including BBC, Sky UK, Nat Geo, Discovery, the History Channel, Ch7 Australia, Ch9 Australia, TVNZ, TV3 and Prime, to name a few. Philip oversees the creative, pitching and sales, and the production of all of GSTV’s shows at an Executive Producer level.

LAUREN TENNENT

BUSINESS AFFAIRS DIRECTOR

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

MANDY DONALD

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Mandy is responsible for corporate reporting and analysis, consolidation of results, tax filing and compliance.

JULIE NIX

ACCOUNTING AND ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Julie is responsible for day-to-day accounting input, admin, banking, creditor payments, payroll and production accounting functions.

ANNABELLE LEE-MATHER

HEAD OF INDIGENOUS PROJECTS

Annabelle Lee-Mather (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāti Kahungnunu) 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.

ANNA LYNCH

HEAD OF FACTUAL AND ENTERTAINMENT

Anna has over 25 years’ experience in the New Zealand television industry having worked extensively across many factual, documentary and entertainment productions, including Series Producer on Coast NZ Series 2 and 3, with the latter winning an award for Best Factual Series at the NZ TV Awards.

CASS DONALDSON

HEAD OF PRODUCTION OPERATIONS

Cass has worked in the film and television industry since the early 90’s, from big budget Hollywood features, to being a Technical Supervisor on major reality series such as The Bachelor and ‘The Biggest Loser’. Cass is an award winning producer in NZ and also oversees our facilities at GSTV.