Andrew Smith


Cleverman studio appoints scripted dev chief

Pukeko Pictures, the New Zealand-based producer behind new drama Cleverman, has appointed a head of scripted development. Lisa Chatfield (pictured) will work closely with chief creative officer Martin Baynton and head of production Angela Littlejohn after joining the Wellington-based prodco. Chatfield was most recently at the New Zealand Film Commission, where she was head of […]

Pukeko names new chief as Smith exits

New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures has named a new CEO after previous incumbent Andrew Smith took a post as chief executive of a mobile services developer. Andrew Smith is joining Wellington-based Touchtech as CEO in August, which has led to Clive Spink being named new chief exec at the Thunderbirds Are Go production company. On August […]

China: taking care of business

Pukeko Pictures’ CEO Andrew Smith questions how well international executives understand the Chinese film and TV market, and outlines some basic facts on coproducing in the world’s largest television market. When asked to write this article on China, it got me thinking – how much do people really know about the Chinese film and TV […]

Tax breaks fuel UK’s global production hub ambitions

When UK Chancellor George Osborne sat down on March 20 having presented his Budget, the huzzahs of television producers should have been heard even above his own backbenchers, but the picture is a mixed one, reports Tim Adler. This year’s Finance Bill in the UK finally approved tax breaks for high-end drama production, animation and […]

Thunderbirds reboot gets green light

A new version of the classic puppet show Thunderbirds has been announced. ITV Studios and prodcuera Pukeko and Weta Workshop will make the new Thunderbirds, 50 years after it first launched on TV. The reboot , Thunderbirds are Go!, will air on ITV and its kids channel CiTV in 2015. The puppetry of the original […]