For Immediate Release

29 May 2017

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) member and director Regan Hall has directed one episode in Season 3 of STARZ Network’s Ash vs Evil Dead (AVED) television series following his attachment to the series in 2015.

“I was excited to helm an episode of this fantastic cult franchise, which included shooting an epic fight scene, a gruesome demon, and loads of witty one-liners. Rob Tapert and his team have been very supportive, and I thank STARZ, the NZFC, and the DEGNZ for the foot in the door,” said Hall.

“During Season 1 of AVED we worked with the DEGNZ to offer several director attachments including to the 2nd Unit and stunt departments. Any of those directors would have been great to have on the show. We are happy to be able to give this opportunity to Regan and support talented New Zealand directors,” said Tapert.

“We are thrilled to see another of the attachment initiatives we have been involved with bear fruit with Regan directing on AVED,” said Executive Director Tui Ruwhiu. “Few Kiwis get the opportunity to direct on high budget US drama and this is a great coup for our TV drama strategy.”

Hall was one of five New Zealand directors with New Zealand Film Commission and STARZ support who attached to the first AVED series in 2015. He is the first of the attachments to gain employment on the show.

Hall directed his first feature film Fast Girls in the United Kingdom in 2012 following a successful career as a director in advertising, fashion and music.

Ash vs Evil Dead is a half-hour American horror-comedy television series from executive producers and The Evil Dead original filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell for the STARZ premium cable network. It’s executive produced in New Zealand by producer Rob Tapert, who has been behind many of the US TV network shows made here, including Spartacus, Legend of the Seeker, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Hercules: Legendary Journeys. AVED is currently in production and is made in Auckland, primarily at a number of studio locations around the city.


For further information contact:

Tui Ruwhiu

Executive Director

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

+64 21 659 950


Regan Hall

New Zealand filmmaker Regan Hall premiered his debut feature film Fast Girls in 2012.  The Olympic-themed all-girl sports drama, a co-production between the BFI and Studiocanal, received strong reviews during its 370-screen UK release.

Hall grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, the son of successful fashion designers.  He developed a passion for film as a teenager and after graduating from NZ’s top film school went on to work as a film editor in Wellington, home to Peter Jackson’s Weta workshop.

In 2000 he moved to London and began creating films for the advertising, fashion and music industries.  He has become renowned for producing and directing high-profile fashion films for clients that include Dolce and Gabbana, Revlon, and Swarovski – recently working on commercials for fashion photographer Mario Testino.

In 2010 he won multiple awards for his short film 3 Hours. The all-Iraqi war drama told the true story of a mass shooting in Baghdad.  Premiering at Doha Tribeca, it went on to screen in over forty international festivals.

About Starz

Starz (, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences, including its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service.  Starz is home to the flagship STARZ® brand with 24.3 million subscribers in the United States as of December 31, 2016, with the STARZ ENCORESM network at 31 million subscribers. Starz provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming.

The 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.

DEGNZ is 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, we 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 10 April 2018

Table Reads Logo

Bringing Writers, Directors & Actors together

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

The script must have a director attached and have been through a development process.
WRITER + DIRECTOR (Or Writer/Directors): either/both must be a member(s) of NZWG/DEGNZ.

DEGNZ and NZWG members are invited to apply for the script component. Submit a full-length draft feature film script for your name to go into the draw for a day-long table read*. Email

ACTORS must be a member of Equity to apply. Actors apply here

Submission Deadline: Mon 19 June

Round 3 Table Read Date: Sat 8 July, 10am

*Names remain for subsequent draws

Last updated on 25 June 2018

RR with Jeff Szusterman

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.

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. If you are selected, we’ll email or phone you to confirm your participation.

Moderator – Jeff Szusterman

Jeff is an actor, director and teacher with over twenty years of experience in New Zealand and the United States. Jeff has directed over 200 broadcast hours across the years, starting with Shortland Street in 2007/2008. He has taught acting for screen at Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts and at AYA Drama School (for young people). His most recent webseries Jiwi’s Machines gained three nominations at the 2016 LA Webfest including one for Best Direction. He is currently in funded development for a drama series for New Zealand television.

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.


When: Saturday 17 June 2017, 9:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Kingsland, Auckland

Register at: Eventbrite

Director registrations close: 1 June

Actor registrations close: 12 June

Cost: Free – Open to DEGNZ & Equity NZ members ONLY.

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



Last updated on 26 February 2018

Declan and Jonathan

As expected, there were many laughs during our Directing and Writing Comedy workshop with Jonathan Brough and Declan Fay on Saturday.

Jonathan and Declan shared their insights and experiences bringing to screen some of Australia’s top rated TV comedies, including The Family Law, sketch comedy Fancy Boy and their recent collaboration on Ronny Chieng: International Student.

Jonathan is a Melbourne-based award-winning comedy director from New Zealand and Declan is one of Australia’s top comedy writers and showrunners.

A special thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission and ASDACS (Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collecting Society) for making this workshop possible. ASDACS collects royalties on behalf of NZ and Australian film/TV directors. Don’t forget that it’s free to join for DEGNZ members.


Last updated on 20 March 2020

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites you to apply for a 2-day Directing Actors workshop with renowned American director, writer and teacher Mark Travis.

The workshop will be held in Auckland on Saturday and Sunday, 10 and 11 June.

About Mark Travis

Acclaimed as “the director’s director”, Mark W. Travis is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities in the art and craft of film directing. Drawing from his impressive background in design, writing, acting, and his wide range of experience directing theatre, film and television, Mark is able to bring new insights and exceptional clarity to the complex task of directing the feature film.

Mark’s unique approach to working with actors and characters (The Travis Technique™) has gained the attention of directors, writers and actors worldwide and is becoming a standard approach for stimulating powerful performances.

For the past 20 years Mark has been sharing his directing techniques with student as well as professional directors, around the world, visiting over 17 countries and 30 film schools and organisations, including the American Film Institute, Pixar Animation Studios, UCLA Extension and Griffith University. Mark served as Tammy Davis’ directing mentor on New Zealand film Born to Dance.

Directing Actors

Directors will be immersed into the complex world of actor, character and story. The interpretation of story, the perception of character and the techniques of acting, when combined, create a complex world full of expectations, desires, projections, misunderstandings, and even miscommunications. Yet, this world is the core of every story told on screen and must be entered by the director with a sense of confidence and conviction and a willingness to collaborate.

Mark will introduce participants to the essential aspects and tools of The Travis Technique™, specifically the Interrogation Process and the Power of Staging. Using scenes from an established screenplay with the participation of professional actors, participants will get the opportunity to practice and explore this organic approach to directing actors.


All participants will be required to do some prep ahead of the workshop on the script that will be used across both days.


Cost: DEGNZ members free, Non-members $100

When: Saturday 10 June, 9am – 5pm & Sunday 11 June, 9am – 4pm.

Where: Kingsland, Auckland

Lunch will be provided each day.


TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF or DOC to with ‘Directing Actors Workshop’ in the subject line. In your application, please provide:

  • CV
  • links to samples of your work
  • a maximum one-page letter stating why you want to attend this workshop
  • please also include your mobile number and dietary requirements.

Application Deadline: 9am, Monday 29 May.

This event is brought to you with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Last updated on 21 February 2018