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ScreenWorks 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
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
They are also developing a feature film
adaptation of the children’s classic Under the Mountain.
executive producer / director
Chris Bailey is one of the founders of Screenworks, the company
established to produce Street
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 Street.
Bailey’s early 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
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executive producer / series writer
Greg McGee is one of the founders of Screen
Works, the company formed to produce Street Legal.
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
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.
His feature 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
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.
Marlin Bay also brought him a US Writer’s Guild
Foundation International Screen and Television Writer’s Film
Festival Award, with James Griffin.
His other television credits include episodes of Greenstone, Roche, CoverStory,
Betty’s Bunch and Gold.
Since it 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
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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
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 Fallout.
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.
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
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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 Hard Out.
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.
Before Jubilee, 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.
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.
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