About Us


Please meet the creative minds behind the success of Pukeko Pictures and find out more about us.

Sir Richard Taylor -
Five time Oscar and four time Bafta winner, Sir Richard Taylor, is a founding partner of Weta Workshop. With over twenty years experience in the film industry, Richard has created a facility that operates at the cutting edge of the film and television industry.
 
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Tania Rodger -
Also a founding partner of Weta Workshop, Tania brings creativity, artistry and professionalism to every project she undertakes and is passionate about creating the best quality children’s television possible.
 
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Martin Baynton -
Martin Baynton has an international reputation as a respected and successful writer and illustrator of over 30 published children’s books, including: the Jane and the Dragon, and the Fifty the Tractor series. He has worked for the stage, radio, TV and film as a producer, director, screenwriter, script editor and literacy lecturer and motivator.
 
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Andrew Smith -
Andrew is the Chief Executive of Pukeko Pictures and is a producer of their successful pre-schooler property the WotWots. Andrew was the supervising producer for Weta Workshop’s hit series Jane and the Dragon, which is now controlled by Pukeko. Previously Andrew was the Commercial Manager for Weta Workshop Ltd, and its affiliated merchandising company Weta Ltd. Joining Weta in 1998, Andrew has been the accountant for all of Weta Workshop's major projects including The Lord of the Rings, Master and Commander, Last Samurai, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and King Kong. He is a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in New Zealand.
 
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Adam Fratto -
Adam Fratto is Executive Vice-President of Development, based in Los Angeles, California. An experienced producer and executive, Adam has worked closely with many Hollywood networks and studios, including HBO, ABC, NBC, TNT, E1, Fox TV studios, and Lionsgate. He has served as producer on a number of TV series, including THE DEAD ZONE, GREEK, and HAVEN, which is currently airing on more than 100 channels around the world.
 
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Angela Littlejohn -
Angela is the Acting Head of Production and has 15 years experience working in the UK film and television industry. During her last 6 years there, she was Drama Production Executive at Channel 4 and Film 4. Films made during her tenure included TRAINSPOTTING, SECRETS & LIES, BRASSED OFF, WELCOME TO SAREJEVO and Ken Loach’s CARLA'S SONG. TV Drama included QUEER AS FOLK, ANNA KARENINA, SWORD OF HONOUR, LONGITUDE and SHACKELTON. Since returning to NZ in 2000, she has produced feature films SHOW OF HANDS, APRON STRINGS and SEPARATION CITY. She co-produced Channel 4’s BAFTA winning NOT ONLY BUT ALWAYS and most recently line produced tele-features TANGIWAI, RAGE, FIELD PUNISHMENT and the drama series HARRY.
 
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Theo Baynton -
Theo Baynton has had a diverse career as a Writer, Storyboard Artist, Designer, Animator, Art Director and Director on films and animated television series. Theo joined Weta Workshop as the Production Designer for Jane and the Dragon, before moving on to direct 76 episodes of Pukeko Picture’s television series, The WotWots. As Head of Creative Development – Children’s Entertainment, Theo is working to bring Pukeko Picture’s new line of children’s properties to the screen.
 
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Alison Heath - Chief Brands Officer
Alison is the Acting Chief Brands Officer and has 10 years international experience working in brand marking and licensing in the media industry. She was a founding member of LaDolceMar, a specialist consultancy for arts, media and fashion, working on key projects with Comedy Central, ITV and FremantleMedia. Most recently Alison was working at Fremantle Media, London building the licensing programme in Kids & Family Entertainment for brands such as Tree Fu Tom, Monsuno and on some of the world’s largest television franchises – The X Factor, Got Talent and Idols.
 
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Christine Healy -
Christine is the Office Manager at Pukeko Pictures, and has extensive experience providing support to senior management. Christine has a background in arts/events administration, and has worked in a variety of creative environments, including the Sydney Opera House.
 
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