About UsFilm Bay of Plenty Team

Our Staff

Jade Kent

Film Office Executive

Eastern Bay, Rotorua and Taupō

From New Zealand to Qatar and then to Opōtiki Jade has put some travel miles and work experiences under her belt and the experiences she has gained are invaluable. As a previous logistics supervisr working for Al Jazeera English Jade knows how important having a good foundation of people, systems and training are to any organization. Having worked for TVNZ, Maori TV, Sky and Al Jazeera Jade’s continuing passion for TV and film pushes her forward as she continues to pursue her passion of working with creatives.

Jade Kent smiling

Tracy Hampton

Film Office Executive and Accounts Manager

Western Bay and Tauranga

As an Executive Producer, Tracy has extensive experience in the film and TV industry. Working as an international model, on her return to NZ, Tracy found her passion for working behind the camera, which included 12 years as a Casting Director, casting & coordinating International TV Series and Films prior to her extensive career as a Producer.

Tracy is the founder of Halo Productions, which sees her shooting national and international productions throughout New Zealand and Australia. She joined Film Bay of Plenty in 2018 and continues filming in the unique locations of Bay of Plenty.

Tracy utilises her accounting side of her brain reporting to the board as treasurer and accounts manager for Film Bay of Plenty.

Tracy Hampton smiling for the camera

Elysia Gibb

Marketing Manager and Production Coordinator

Elysia has been working as the Film Bay of Plenty Production Coordinator since 2019. Previous to this she split her life working between the film industry and in tourism. She has worked as a coordinator on feature films such as The Hobbit, Wolverine, Yogi Bear and 10000BC.

She also spent 15 years in Queenstown working in the Tourism Industry evolving from a sales position, guiding and then to successfully marketing and managing a heliskiing company.

Her skills lie in marketing, logistics, coordinating, networking and administration. Presently she balances life between being a mum, adventures, and work so brings a very diverse set of skills to Film Bay of Plenty.

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Our Board

Glenn Dougal

Co-chair, Glenn Dougal is the Managing Director of WAVE Creative Communications Agency and has over 25 years international marketing, branding, TV production, and communications experience

Based in London and Tokyo for seven years, Glenn has worked for the BBC and Medialink (a specialist Nasdaq listed broadcasting consulting agency) advising large and small companies on marketing and communications campaigns. This ranged from launching Sony’s PlayStation 2, Jennifer Lopez’s perfume ‘Glow by J.Lo’, to advising the British Tourist Authority post the foot-in-mouth crisis. WAVE is an award-winning full-service brand communications agency based in the Bay Of Plenty their client list includes many of new Zealand’s most innovative companies, like Certified Builders, Port of Tauranga, Gallagher, Tasti Foods and Zespri.

Glenn also is a Director of the charity Legacy Funerals, Chairs Marketing Professionals Bay of Plenty and is the former Chair of the Tauranga Arts Festival Trust and Escape Readers & Writers Festival.

Sarah Thorner Crossley

Co-chair, Sarah has over 10 years' legal experience, specialising in Media, Intellectual Property and Corporate/Commercial Law.

Sarah has recently returned from seven years in London where she worked as senior legal counsel at FremantleMedia, a global production company known for shows such as the X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and American Idol. She has over 10 years' legal experience, specialising in Media, Intellectual Property and Corporate/Commercial Law. Her legal background and involvement in global media deals brings a unique perspective to the Board. She is passionate about film and television and is looking forward to supporting the local industry and community through her role on the Board.

Anton Steel

Anton is the writer/director of the award winning eco-comedy feature The Z-Nail Gang, produced locally here in the Bay, utilizing the skills and resources available in the Te Puke community.

He loves collaborating on shoots and the magic of seeing a story come to life in the edit suite. Working as director, assistant director and producer for over 20 years on films such as The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Yogi Bear has given him a great overview of what is needed to service productions of all sizes, both creatively and logistically. He sees that his role is to connect people and projects, encourage creativity and to celebrate and promote the regions assets and achievements

Tihini Grant – Ngāti Pikiao Iwi, Te Arawa Waka.

Tihini Grant has worked in the screen industry for over 20 years.

Tihini joins the Film BOP Board with 20 years experience in the film and television industry. Primarily a writer/director Tihini also has credits as a cultural and Māori language advisor but credits in almost every aspect of production provide a practical understanding of a project’s needs. His focus on developing tv shows and films compliments the wider aims of increasing the regions production capacity and attracting projects to the area.

Joel Corbett

Joel's passionate about the craft of film-making and working to make a thriving film community in his region is one of his main objectives.

Award winning film-maker Joel Corbett grew up in small town New Zealand, surrounded by beautiful mountains and iconic vistas. Having picked up a camera at a young age, afforded a means to explore ideas, tell stories and ultimately share his vision. Now spending every waking minute honing film-making expertise as the CEO of Corbie Films, Taupō’s premiere film production company, and challenging his company to find creative and inventive ways to express their vision.

Paula Jones

Producer of the multi award winning New Zealand feature documentary Hip Hop-eration. Designer, developer and director of TOHEA the Indigenous Workforce Screen Industry Training and Apprenticeship Programme. Paula has had 25 years experience in Television and Film Production and in Industry Training- including six as International series co-ordinator for TVNZ and eight as Head of Production and Development at New Zealand's prestigious South Seas Film and Television School, where she trained and mentored over 2000 graduates into the New Zealand Film Industry.