2 December 2013 3:14 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Veteran Kiwi TV and film producer Dave Gibson is the new CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission, succeeding Graeme Mason who is now CEO of Screen Australia.

Gibson is selling his shares in the Gibson Group, the Wellington-based production company he founded 35 years ago. Senior management Victoria Spackman, Allan Smith, Brett Tompkins and Bevin Linkhorn are buying his stake.

His five-year term starts in January. "It.s been a tough decision to move from the production industry where I.ve spent most of my working life but I.m excited by the challenge of working at the Film Commission and trying to make a difference," Gibson tells If.

.Dave Gibson is one of New Zealand.s most experienced film and television producers and we are delighted to have secured his services for this important leadership role. said Nzfc chair Patsy Reddy.

It's a popular choice among the Nz screen industry judging by initial reactions, »

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