Statement from Julie Christie

I have resigned as CEO of Eyeworks New Zealand and Australia. It’s simply time for me to hand the reigns over to new blood and leave the production side of television.

There will be a new and exciting leadership of the New Zealand office announced in the next few weeks. John McAvoy is taking over sole charge of Australia.

The recent trend of caring so much more about “carriage” – how content is distributed – rather than building an industry that produces great NZ content, means that our television is amidst very troubled times.

I leave still with a love of television, and hoping that the funders and broadcasters come to realize that all the platforms in the world neither monetarise nor make, great Kiwi content which we can share on the screen in our lounge! “Local” is the real competitive advantage in a commercial and fast-changing television market.

I loved every second of making “The Block NZ”. I have never seen a show in this country that so engaged children and families sitting at home watching TV together.

Eyeworks have been wonderful to work for since they bought my company, Touchdown, nearly seven years ago. Just time for someone else to steer the ship.

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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, House of Cards, Mad Men and the NRL.
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