New Zealand Film Commission boss Dave Gibson resigns

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New Zealand Film Commission chief executive Dave Gibson has handed in his notice, saying he didn't want the position to end up stale. 

Gibson gave six months' notice, announcing he would leave the commission in January.

He started in the role in January 2014. Since then, he closed the commission's sales agency and introduced an on-demand service for local film.

Dave Gibson, Founder of the Gibson Group and Film Commission boss.
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Dave Gibson, Founder of the Gibson Group and Film Commission boss.

The New Zealand Film Commission is taxpayer funded with the brief of investing in feature and short films.

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During his time at the helm, the commission funded films such as Tickled, Poi E, Mahana and Goodbye Pork Pie.

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A statement from the commission cited the increase in Maori and Pacific film as a success of Gibson's reign.

He had also introduced a three-year scholarship alongside Jane Campion to bring more women in to the film industry.

Announcing his approaching departure, Gibson said: "I've thoroughly enjoyed the last few years but have always believed CEO's shouldn't stay too long in organisations like the NZFC. I'm not sure what I'll do next."

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Before taking on the role, then then 61-year-old had directed his own film production company, Gibson Group. NZ On Screen called him "one of New Zealand's most experienced producers".

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