Peter Jackson to appoint director Michael Haneke to chair New Zealand TV commission

A member of the English Independent Television Commission will be elected to be officially named chairman of New Zealand’s Television Commission at an annual meeting on January 5th, according to the New Zealand Herald. The election is the culmination of a process that began when Peter Jackson’s 1994 film, Lord of the Rings, won the Academy Award for Best Picture in March of that year. In the film’s epilogue, Jackson detailed the circumstances behind an “ancient master print” of the Beatles movie Help!, which was filmed between 1962 and 1964 but was left in the drawer of the museum’s general manager until 1967. More than 50 years later, with New Zealand’s Television Commission functioning without a CEO after the resignation of its first appointee in 2012, the paper reports that Jackson will endorse director Michael Haneke as the commission’s new chairman.

Haneke, the German director of films like The White Ribbon and Amour, will be the second man to serve in the role, following in the footsteps of Peter Edwards, who led the commission from 1993 to 2012, after serving in the Ministry of Communications and Information. Despite the commission’s many years of tenure, however, it will “continue to be an independent and transparent statutory body,” according to the Herald, and it’s this independence that Jackson suggests is the catalyst for its long-expected ascension. “The commission made important contributions to the development of the film industry in New Zealand,” Jackson said in a statement, “while at the same time preserving and protecting the commission’s autonomy.”

Jackson elaborated to a Wire reporter: “There are a lot of things to like with Michael. He’s got a lot of integrity and good ideas, so I like the way he views things and he’s been a good friend.”

Read the full story at The New Zealand Herald.


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