Bringing Writers, Directors & Actors together for Table Reads.

Four reads per year on Saturdays @ NZWG HQ in Grey Lynn.

A core cast – max six actors – together with a writer & director team (OR writer/director) will collaborate on each script-in-development table read.

DEGNZ members and/or NZWG members are invited to apply for the script component to go into the draw for a day-long table read*. The script must have a director attached and have been through a development process.

Writer & Director teams: both must be members of NZWG/DEGNZ

Writer/director: must be a member of NZWG/DEGNZ



When: Saturday 11 March, 10am start

Where: NZWG HQ, Grey Lynn

Script Submissions close: Monday 20 February. Email NZWG – (Subject line: Final Draft)

*Names remain for subsequent draws.


A Joint Initiative brought to you by NZWG, DEGNZ & EQUITY Foundation. With warm thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission.



Last updated on 25 June 2018

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The Rehearsal Room with Ian Hughes will kick off our 2017 Professional Development programme!


The Rehearsal Room with Ian Hughes – Auckland

When: Saturday 25 February 2017, 9.30am – 1.30pm

Where: Kingsland, Auckland


The Rehearsal Room brings together professionals – actors and directors – in a safe, supportive environment to practise working with each other on scenes under the guidance of an experienced moderator.

“Directors need as much practise… spending time with actors as they can get. It’s such an important relationship and so often writer/directors, especially, spend so much time by themselves with a script… and very little importance is placed on being able to direct actors. So MORE of this type of workshop please!” – Past participant

REGISTER on our event page to have your name in the draw to participate. For each event 4 directors and 8 actors will be selected. ONLY Actors Equity actors and DEGNZ directors are permitted entry to The Rehearsal Room.

You need only register once. Your name will remain in the draw for future Rehearsal Rooms unless you ask us to remove it. If you are selected, we’ll email or phone you to confirm your participation.


Moderator – Ian Hughes
For this workshop, we are pleased to have highly experienced actor and director Ian Hughes facilitating. Ian is a well-known actor (Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, Shortland Street, Go Girls, Xena, City Life, Lord of the Rings) who has worked with many of New Zealand’s directors and turned his hand to directing (Shortland Street, Step Dave).


Who is The Rehearsal Room for?
Professional actors and directors. It is open to Actors Equity and DEGNZ members of all levels of experience, from novices to virtuosos.


Directors will be asked to provide a two-character scene (2 pages) or, if you prefer, a scene will be provided for you. Directors and actors will receive scripts in advance.


Structure of the event
Directors and actors will spend time rehearsing their scenes, with emphasis on connection and content.

After morning tea, participants will block their scenes, before presenting them for shooting, followed by viewing and discussion. The shooting is a wide shot only, intended as a means to review performance, not for directors to direct camera.


The Rehearsal Room is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand and the Equity Foundation, with financial support from New Zealand Film Commission.

Last updated on 26 February 2018

Kia ora and welcome to 2017!

I hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year’s holiday period, whether you were working or relaxing.

Next week I am going to be talking with my counterparts at the Australian Directors Guild (ADG), the Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA). It will be a good opportunity to discuss the issues affecting directors in each of our territories. More importantly, it will be a reminder that we are all part of a global network of bodies representing directors in the screen industry. And this prompts me to look at a change-up in the editorial for the newsletter in the year ahead.

While I will continue to voice my thoughts and opinions on local issues, I also want to link into the mix international news, issues and developments that will hopefully be of interest and that may well affect directors and editors in New Zealand.

We are working now in a global economy in the screen industry. International productions are a mainstay of the New Zealand production scene. At the same time, we have more and more Kiwi screen workers and companies travelling the globe pedalling their services and products.

As many of you know, I have made a considered effort to strengthen our relationship with the Australian Directors Guild, and more recently Australian Screen Editors. As part of this we have as previously announced securing a seat on the ADG-affiliated Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collection Society (ASDACS) board for DEGNZ board member Grant Campbell, thanks to the kind invitation of the ADG. (All DEGNZ directors should be members of ASDACS–it’s free and there could be a pot of gold (small) at the end of this rainbow.)

As screen working relationships strengthen across the Tasman, we need to be well positioned to represent the membership effectively. For this reason, I will be talking more frequently about our Australian colleagues activities.

To kick things off, I made mention last year of the fight the ADG had with Freemantle Media, who had hired a Canadian director to work on iconic TV series Picnic at Hanging Rock. After much action on the ADG’s part there was a shift in Freemantle’s previously intransigent position as outlined here.

It’s comforting to see that Screen Australia proposes changing its guidelines to guarantee that direct funded television projects are required to use Australian or resident writers and directors. We expect the same from NZ On Air.

I have just learned that the long-time National Executive Director of the DGA Jay Roth has announced his retirement. Jay has been responsible for many considerable achievements at the DGA including managing the organisation through the incredible change that has come about due to digitization. You can read about Jay here.

A couple of other issues I have mentioned frequently are copyright and fair remuneration. Our British colleagues at Directors UK were recently in Strasbourg lobbying the European Union as the European Parliament considers amendments to the EU draft directive on the Digital Single Market. You can read more from Directors UK on this here.

The issue of fair remuneration is much closer to home for us as ADG have been working with Writers and Directors Worldwide on their and our behalves to help ensure fair remuneration for directors, particularly around secondary rights.

I hope in the newsletters to come you feel a greater sense of community with your directing and editing colleagues internationally, and realize that thinking globally and acting locally is particularly relevant for us here now at DEGNZ as the screen industry worldwide continues to morph.

Wishing you the best in the year ahead.

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director

Last updated on 21 February 2018

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ, NZ On Air and Filthy Productions are thrilled to announce actor and director Abigail Greenwood as the TV Drama Director Attachment on the Filthy Rich TV series.

“Impressed by the strength of Abigail’s application, we looked at attaching two directors to Dirty Laundry last year” said Steven Zanoski from Filthy Productions.

When other commitments arose, we immediately thought of Filthy Rich, should a second season eventuate, believing Abigail a good fit with the show.”

Abigail attaches to experienced director Michael Duignan, whose past credits include Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, The Blue Rose, Agent Anna, and the first series of Filthy Rich. She has joined the production this month as they get underway in Auckland. Filthy Rich is produced by Steven Zanoski for Filthy Productions Ltd.

“I’m really excited to watch this very successful team do what they do so well, and stoked to be shadowing Michael Duignan, who I admire for his bold and inventive directing style,” said Abigail Greenwood.

It’s such a privilege to be given an internship as a director, so huge thanks to DEGNZ and Filthy Productions for this amazing opportunity.”

“We are delighted to again support an up and coming woman director to develop her skills under the mentorship of an experienced director, in the hope that we can see more women directing content for our screens in future,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

“Abigail brings her signigicant experience as an actor and her directing success with short films including Eleven, which was selected for the Berlin International Film Festival to the attachment,” said DEGNZ Executive Director Tui Ruwhiu.

“She is one of a number of talented early-career women directors coming to the fore and we are thrilled she has this opportunity to further her directing experience.”

Filthy Rich tells the story of three illegitimate children who discover they each have a claim to the fortune of one of NZ’s wealthiest men, John Truebridge. With so much money on the line, John’s legitimate family will do anything to stop these new, unexpected heirs! This Filthy Productions 14 x 1-hour drama is in its second series on TV One.

The DEGNZ TV Drama Director Attachment Scheme is now in its second year and Abigail has secured the sixth director attachment through this initiative, funded by NZ On Air and the production company involved and managed by DEGNZ. It is intended to give emerging drama directors the opportunity to shadow an experienced director through the pre-production, production and post-production process as a means to improve their craft skills. There is also an opportunity to direct one or more scenes during their attachment, at the discretion of the series producer and episode director.

The scheme has seen four women and two men attach to New Zealand dramas with Matthew Saville on Screentime’s Bombshell: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, Aidee Walker on South Pacific Pictures’ (SPP) Westside, Helena Brooks on their Brokenwood Mysteries, and Cathy MacDonald on SPP’s Shortland Street, while Jamie Lawrence attached to Filthy Production’s Dirty Laundry.



For further information, please contact:

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ


Abigail Greenwood is an award winning theatre director and filmmaker from Auckland, New Zealand. Over the last ten years she has been working as a director, actor and production and costume design assistant in New Zealand film, theatre, and television.


Abigail’s first short film received international acclaim, participating in international festivals including Berlinale 2014 and Melbourne International Film Festival 2014. The film won Best Short Film at the Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards 2014, and Abigail was awarded for Distinctive Creative Achievement as a Director in the New Zealand International Film Festival ‘NZ’s Best’ competition 2014.

Abigail has worked as a co-ordinator and assistant to Kirsty Cameron on The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell, Lovebirds, Sione’s Wedding 2, The Weight of Elephants, Field Punishment No. 1, Slow West, and recently The Rehearsal.

Abigail’s acting credits include Brave Donkey (short film), Piece of My Heart (telefeature), and Outrageous Fortune (TV series).

Theatre directing credits include collaborative works The Height of the Eiffel Tower (New York Fringe Festival 2010, Silo Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe 2014), and Nick (Edinburgh Fringe 2013), as well as And Then You Die by Thomas Sainsbury and Cow by Jo Randerson for Auckland Theatre Company’s Young and Hungry.


Filthy Productions Ltd is a production company recently set up by Rachel Lang, Gavin Strawhan and Steven Zanoski. The company’s focus is production based, with a philosophy that the best television drama and comedy is always driven by the creatives. Productions to date are Filthy Rich and Dirty Laundry, both for Television New Zealand.


Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is a not-for-profit membership organisation that represents Directors and Editors in the New Zealand screen industry. This includes Directors and Editors of feature drama and documentary; television drama, documentary and factual programmes; short films; video art; animation; commercials and web content.


DEGNZ’s two primary roles are advocacy and professional development. We:

  • are dedicated to promoting excellence in the arts of directing and editing.
  • foster collegiality and unity within the screen industry.
  • promote members’ creative and economic rights.
  • work to improve industry working conditions and remuneration.
  • offer professional advice and information on contracts and industry standards and practice.
  • offer professional development events, networking opportunities, career advice, dispute resolution, mentoring, workshops, training, discounts and regular news bulletins for members across all levels of expertise, from novices to seasoned professionals.
  • are a voice for Directors and Editors in influencing policy in the interest of our members. We do this through our membership of the pan‐industry group SINZ (Screen Industry New Zealand), and by making submissions to government and public officials.
  • Internationally work co-operatively with other guilds and we belong to the International Affiliation of English‐Speaking Directors’ Organisations (IEASDO).

DEGNZ is Auckland-based with an office in Grey Lynn.


Contact Details:


Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

Level 2, 66 Surrey Crescent

Grey Lynn

P.O. Box 47-294, Ponsonby





Last updated on 18 March 2018

DEGNZ and Rialto will be hosting a special Film Talk for Pork Pie on the day of its release. Join us for the film, followed by a Q&A with producer Tom Hern as he chats to Leanne Pooley.  Book your tickets here.


When: Thursday 2 February, 6pm.

Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, Auckland.

Last updated on 21 February 2018