Made in NZ
was formed by producer Chris Hampson, director Chris Bailey
and writer Greg McGee in 1998 to produce Street Legal,
which they had been developing since 1993.
The company has to
date produced four series (51 episodes) of their flagship
prime time drama Street Legal, plus the new 13-episode
children’s series, Hard Out, both for TV2 and the short
film, Tick, written and directed by Rebecca Hobbs,
which opened the New York Film Festival, with the premiere of
Jack Nicholson’s About Schmidt.
It is a niche production company,
concentrating on feature films and high production value film
drama for television. The founders see the company as a
vehicle which allows them to keep their hands directly on the
creative process and do better and more satisfying work.
They are now
developing other projects and have a feature film, Skin and
Bone, an adaptation of partner Greg McGee’s successful
stage play Foreskin’s Lament, in pre-production and
Liability, 13 x one-hour prime time drama series in
development, commissioned by TVNZ.
They are also
developing a feature film adaptation of the children’s classic
Under the Mountain.
Chris Bailey, executive producer / director
Chris Bailey is one of the founders of Screenworks, the
company established to produce Street Legal.
In addition to Street Legal, his
other recent project is a new children’s series, Hard Out,
produced by Screenworks for TV2.
With over 30 years in the New Zealand
television industry, Bailey is regarded as one of the
country's top producers and directors. He has also gained
recognition overseas and in 1986 directed New Zealand's first
ever international co-production: The Adventurer, with
Thames Television, which starred Temuera Morrison and Street
Legal’s Carl Bland.
His numerous television credits includes
direction of Letter to Blanchy, Cover Story, Plainclothes,
Marlin Bay, City Life and Greenstone. In 1991 he
won a New Zealand Film and Television Award for his direction
of the series Gold, and many other productions, either
directed or produced by him, have won various awards both at
home and abroad.
For several years he was head of production
at South Pacific Pictures, overseeing numerous co-productions
with the UK, France, Canada and the USA. He was also executive
producer on New Zealand’s longest running drama, Shortland
television credits include work as director on such New
Zealand icons as Gloss, Mortimer’s Patch and the cult
children’s hit Under the Mountain, which he is
currently revisiting to develop as a feature film.
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Greg McGee, executive producer / series
Greg McGee is one
of the founders of Screen Works, the company formed to produce
He is one of
New Zealand's most successful play and screenwriters. His
enduring success, Foreskin's Lament, written in the 1970s, won
best play award in 1981 and is still being performed in
theatres throughout New Zealand. ScreenWorks now has a feature
film version, Skin and Bone, in pre-production.
In addition to Foreskin’s Lament, he has
written Tooth and Claw, Out in the Cold, White Men and This
Train I’m On for the stage.
film writing includes Crooked Earth (with Waihoroi
Shortland), Via Satellite (with Anthony McCarten) and
Old Scores (with Dean Parker), which won best
screenplay at the NZ Film and Television Awards in 1992.
He won NZ
Film and Television Awards best television drama writer awards
for the mini-series Erebus: The Aftermath (1988), the
series Marlin Bay (1993), for which he was also
associate producer and the miniseries Fallout (1995),
with Tom Scott.
also brought him a US Writer’s Guild Foundation International
Screen and Television Writer’s Film Festival Award, with James
His other television credits
include episodes of Greenstone, Roche, CoverStory, Betty’s
Bunch and Gold.
began in 1998, he has developed, story-edited, and written or
co-written most of the 51 episodes of Street Legal. He
was head writer on the new children’s series Hard Out
and now has a feature film Under The Mountain in
Chris Hampson, producer
Chris Hampson is one of the founders of ScreenWorks, the
company formed to produce Street Legal.
Before that, he was involved in developing
the New Zealand Film Commission’s low budget feature scheme,
ScreenVisioNZ. He was executive producer for three of the six
films - Via Satellite, Savage Honeymoon and Scarfies.
In the late 1980s he produced, with Don
Reynolds, the feature films Illustrious Energy and
Arriving Tuesday, before becoming head of development at
South Pacific Pictures in 1992. He was executive producer on
SPP’s broad production slate, including the first three years
of the highly successful serial Shortland Street, two
series of the prime time drama Marlin Bay, the family
drama serial Deepwater Haven and the mini-series
In 1994 Hampson began a two-year project as
producer of 26 hours of the prime-time drama series
Coverstory, with the Gibson Group, while developing a
range of projects for that company. He has also produced the
Sunday Theatre drama Share the Dream and The Chosen,
a four-hour mini-series, for Communicado.
Although ScreenWorks was originally formed
to produce Street Legal, the company has recently
produced Hard Out, a new children’s series for TV2 and
is now developing many new projects. Hampson recently oversaw
production of the short film Tick. ScreenWorks is
currently in pre-production of Skin and Bone, a feature
film adaptation of Greg McGee’s successful play Foreskin’s
Lament, and has a feature film of the children’s classic,
Under the Mountain and a prime-time drama series
Liability in development.
Jane Lindsay, line producer
Jane Lindsay has
worked in television drama in New Zealand since arriving here
in 1984, initially as continuity/director’s assistant, then
production co-ordinator and now as line producer for Street
Legal. She recently produced the new children’s series
She has a long
association with the three ScreenWorks partners: Chris Bailey
was the first director she worked with in New Zealand, on
Country GP, and she met Chris Hampson and Greg McGee also
in those early days.
She came full
circle in 1998 when, after completing work as production
co-ordinator on the feature film Jubilee, she came on
board to set up the first series of Street Legal for
the newly-formed ScreenWorks.
she worked for Pacific Renaissance Pictures, as cast
co-ordinator for Hercules, The Legendary Journeys and
Xena: Warrior Princess for four years followed by one year
as production manager for Hercules. During her time as
cast co-ordinator, she was also ADR supervisor, and was a
winner (along with technical crew) of the US Golden Reel Award
for ADR for Hercules, Xena and Young Hercules.
Born in England
and raised in Australia, Lindsay started work as a clerk at
Channel 7, straight from school in 1977, having earlier done
her school “work experience” in the newsroom. She then moved
into continuity on early Australian soaps Skyways, Holiday
Island and Prisoner. She returned from New Zealand
in 1985 to work on the very beginning of the extremely
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Zealand from 1987, her work since has included New Zealand
dramas Gloss, Gold, Star Runner and Plainclothes
and international productions including The Other Side Of
Paradise, The Ray Bradbury Theater, The Sinking of the Rainbow
Warrior, The Further Adventures of The Black Stallion, White
Fang and Soldier Soldier.