Screenrights Board Director Vote

Screenrights members nominated the below candidates to stand for election to the office of Director on Screenrights’ Board:

Geoffrey Atherden *
Dustin Clare
Wilson da Silva
Ben Grant *
Tony Holden
Robyn Kershaw
Kelly Lefever ^
Nick Murray
Mike Piper
Matthew Vitins
David White ^

* Director standing for re-election
^ Authorial Director candidate

Screenrights’ Chair, Jill Bryant, has provided this information to assist with the voting process.

Screenrights members will be able to vote for the first Authorial Director, being a Screenwriter Director, at the 2019 AGM.

At the recent Extraordinary General Meeting on 25 July 2019, Screenrights’ members voted overwhelmingly to ensure that there will always be a New Zealand based Director on the Board and that there will be a minimum of three seats at the Board table for Authorial Directors chosen from the industry’s screenwriters, directors and composers, or their representatives. These changes to the Board are occurring incrementally in accordance with the revised Constitution.

Members will be advised which of the candidates are Authorial Candidates eligible to be elected as an Authorial Director.  The Authorial Candidate with the highest number of votes will become the Authorial Director.  Authorial Candidates who do not receive sufficient votes to be elected as an Authorial Director may still be elected as a General Director if they receive a sufficient number of votes.

Key Dates:

16 September (5pm): Nominations opened
27 September (5pm): Nominations closed
03 October (10am): Voting for Directors opened
24 October (5pm): Voting closes
31 October (5pm): Screenrights 2019 AGM

Members today received further details about the nomination process and how to vote. If you are a member and have not received this information, or would like to know more, contact us at

Website Correction: An earlier version of this news article stated that there would be 1 Authorial Director and 3 General Director vacancies on Screenrights’ Board of Directors at the next Annual General Meeting on 31 October 2019. This was incorrect as there are only 2 General Director vacancies, not 3, as well as the Authorial Director vacancy. The article was amended on Tuesday 1 October 2019 to reflect this correction.

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