New MD for Greenstone TV NZ
Greenstone TV and owners CJZ are delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Driver to the position of Managing Director of New Zealand’s Greenstone TV.
Richard replaces founder and MD John Harris. “ I am enthusiastic and energized by the prospect of working with the team at Greenstone TV," Driver said. "The company has a wealth of experience and a successful track record of producing hit shows for New Zealand & Australian audiences. That drive to create fresh and exciting content for local & international viewers will stand as a key priority for Greenstone TV.”
Richard has over twenty-five years experience across a diverse range of roles in the industry. Starting on-air at TVNZ as the host of its flagship music show ‘Radio With Pictures’. He quickly became an adept producer and director which led to the beginning of a successful career as both Managing Director and Executive Producer for New Zealand production companies Maxwell (1995-1997), Screentime NZ (1997-2001) & Visionary (2001-2006) – a company he co-founded in 2001.
Richard was responsible for launching the Documentary Channel on New Zealand’s Sky digital platform, which he later sold (2010) to the BBC. As a non-fiction content producer he has delivered programmes for New Zealand’s TVNZ, TV3, Prime, Maori and C4 channels, Australia’s Seven and Ten networks, BBC Worldwide & Ireland’s RTE broadcaster. His music, youth and documentary programmes have featured at film & TV festivals in Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand and have received numerous awards and nominations locally and internationally.
“Richard’s appointment is a turning point for Greenstone TV, he will bring a fresh perspective and be responsible for driving the business into the next era. I'm looking forward to working closely with such a creative and versatile leader as we continue to develop and diversify our already large slate of programs”. – Greenstone and CJZ CEO Matt Campbell
Richard is a respected executive and film maker, he has held the position of Chair of Judges for New Zealand’s Qantas Film & TV Awards, a judge on New Zealand’s Got Talent and prior to his new position with Greenstone he was Trustee of NZ Documentary Edge.