The Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand (SDGNZ) creates a forum where directors and editors can define, defend and further their professional industry. Directors and editors have a responsibility to shape and influence the collective environment they work in. It is the Guild's role to help screen directors and editors work more effectively in the New Zealand Film and Television industry.
Through the promotion and advancement of New Zealand feature film and TV production, the SDGNZ strives to develop the professional incentives that are needed to encourage talented people to stretch their skills, exploit their gifts to the full and encourage others to follow.
For all expertise levels, from young trainees to seasoned directors and editors, the SDGNZ is dedicated to the artistic excellence, employment opportunity and economic wellbeing of its members.
Click here to find out about joining the Guild
The SDGNZ profiles it's members on a regular basis. Find our latest profile on our 'membership' page.
Other NZ screen industry personnel belong to and are represented by the following guilds and associations:
New Zealand Cinematographer's Society
New Zealand Film and Video Technicians Guild
New Zealand Writers Guild
Nga Aho Whakaari (Maori in Film, Video and Television)
NZ Actors Equity
NZ on Screen
Script to Screen
SPADA (Screen Production and Development Association)
WIFT NZ (Women in Film and TV NZ)
Film New Zealand
Funders and free-to-air broadcasters:
Creative New Zealand
New Zealand Film Commission
New Zealand On Air
Te Mangai Paho
TVNZ (TV One, TV2, U & TVNZ 7)
TV3 (TV3 and FOUR)
Other useful links:
The Big Idea An online community of Kiwi creatives.
SDGNZ is a member of IAESDO, the International Affiliation of English-Speaking Directorsí Organisations, and is developing relationships with other national guilds and unions.
If you are an SDGNZ member and you want to work in other countries, please get in touch with the relevant national guild. See the websites below for more information:
BECTU UK (union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure, interactive media)
Directors UK UK
Click on this PDF to view the reciprocal agreements the SDGNZ share with IAESDO partners:
IAESDO Reciprocal Agreements
Peter Roberts has been in the film and TV industry for over 30 years, the first seven of those in London, and two in Sydney.
Trained in London film cutting rooms, working in TV commercials, broadcast documentary and childrenís programmes, he emigrated to NZ in 1986.
In New Zealand Peter took a job editing with TVNZ. Whilst at TVNZ he worked in many disciplines - film, cinetape, news, drama and sport, gaining wide experience. Peter has also been an editorsí delegate within the PSA.
After five years of corporate life he decided to return to freelancing, and also set up Broadway Post in partnership with VTR in Auckland, pioneering the first digital non-linear editing systems in New Zealand. Later, Peter set up RPM Pictures, a boutique HD and SD post- production house in Ponsonby.
THE BOARD, elected 2013-2014
President: Peter Roberts
Editor Representative & Treasurer: Peter Roberts
Auckland Board Members:
Peter Bell (Past President)
Phil Gore (Treasurer)
Dr. Gabriel Reid
Wellington Board members:
John Reid (Past President)
Executive Director: Fiona Copland
Accounts Manager: Caroline Harrow
Adminstrative Officer: Gemma Duncan
For all media enquiries, please contact our office on 09 360 2102.
Level 2, 66 Surrey Cres
Tel. +64 9 360 2102
Current office hours:
9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.
The SDGNZ is a voluntary organisation totally dependent on the goodwill and support of its members, funders and sponsors. Please support our funders and sponsors:
The SDGNZ had its genesis in 1995 when 18 directors gathered together at the annual industry conference in Wellington to discuss directors' conditions of work and the need for an organisation to represent their interests independent of SPADA, which had evolved from the original concept of a guild that represented both Producers & Directors. That first meeting generated much excitement as directors, who tended to work in isolation, found many concerns in common.
Whether or not to become a union was discussed throughout this time, particularly in 2000 when the Labour Government passed the Employment Relations Act making collective bargaining possible. However, because the majority of SDGNZ members continued to see themselves as freelance operators there was never unified support for unionisation.