John brings knowledge and leadership to the team with extensive experience in film and television spanning 40 years.
As a sound editor he has supervised over 50 major film and television projects. His most notable works include sound design and editing on The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit, Quiet Earth, Shopping, Footrot Flats and 10, 000 Years Later. John was a member of the team nominated for Best Sound Editing awards by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE, USA) for his work on The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers.
Since POW's founding in 2015, John in his capacity as Chief Executive has built relationships with screen sector partners in Asia, USA and Europe.
Jason was nominated for an Oscar for his work on The Hobbit and is a
member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). On slated.com, an
investor filmonomics database, Jason received a credit score of 86, placing him in 6th position overall (from 41,000 users) in box office totals. The films he has worked on have made over US$10 billion.
With over 26 years in the film industry, including long periods in New York, Los Angeles, London and New Zealand, Jason has been part of teams professionally acclaimed for their work on films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, Tintin, District 9, World War Z, The Iron Lady, The Chronicles of Narnia. He has worked on films by noted directors including Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Mike Leigh, Woody Allen and Jim Jarmusch.
Brian is the executive director of Shoreline Partners, which provides planning, mergers & acquisitions and governance services. He enjoys working in the digital and creative sectors. He has over 25 years of commercial experience and maintains relationships in Europe and Asia. Brian is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and holds Bachelors of Commerce & Arts degrees from Victoria University Wellington.
Story & Development
Marie has a background in
consumer product licensing, development and marketing. She has worked as a production coordinator on feature films in Wellington for the past 5 years.
Jane is a graduate of Toi Whakaari:New Zealand Drama School. She has worked throughout NZ as a theatre actress and director. She has also edited and produced many books for Radio New Zealand’s Drama Department.
Picture & Sound Editorial
With an academic education in Musical Arts (BMA, Victoria University of Wellington) and many years experience in the film-sound world, Matt heads the editorial team at POW Studios. He places equal importance on the artistic and technical aspects of sound effects and design. Matt will work closely with the production team to find the creative voice of the show and ensure this is expressed clearly and confidently.
Matt has held teaching posts at Victoria University and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School.
His film credits include Pirates of the Caribbean, The World's Fastest Indian, King Kong, The Hobbit, 10000 Years Later and League of Gods as well as many local NZ film and TV productions.
Matt was part of the sound editing team nominated for a Golden Reel Award (Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA) for King Kong and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
In 2007 Stef graduated from Eastern Institute of Technology in Napier with a Diploma in Video and Electronic Media. She was a dialogue assistant on Tintin and District 9. As First Assistant Sound Editor on The Hobbit Trilogy she was a member of the Oscar-nominated sound-editing team. Stef has worked on many short films, documentaries, TV and web series over the past nine years. She is dialogue supervisor on POW's latest project Nori: Roller Coaster Boy.
Alexandra has a BA (hons) in Media Studies & Public Relations from The College of St Mark & St John, Devon, UK. Since 2004 she has worked in the UK and New Zealand as a television new editor and in film as a picture editor. For Wingnut Films she was 2nd assistant editor on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, The Hobbit Trilogy and in 2016 was show production co-ordinator on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Alexandra is a member of the Visual Effects Society.
George graduated from Otago University in 2015 with Bachelor of Music majoring in composition & songwriting and contemporary vocal performance. He is due to complete a post graduate diploma in music composition from Victoria University in late 2017.
George's assistant sound editor credits include "Nori: Roller Coaster Boy", "Being Keegan" and the as-yet unreleased video game "Sky Noon" for which he composed the music and soundscape.
Yong-Le graduated from Full Sail University, Orlando, Florida with an Associate of Science Degree in Recording Arts and Bachelor of Science Degree in Entertainment Business. He has worked extensively in radio and TV production work in Malaysia.
As a sound editor and dubbing engineer he has worked for Disney South East Asia, Nickelodeon Asia, and Cartoon Network Asia. He is fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Malay.
Jeremy is a composer and sound editor. His work has featured in numerous films, TV shows, commercials and games.
Recent projects include composing original music for the “Chronicles” special features on the extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and music editing for composer Howard Shore’s score for The Hobbit feature film.
Drew Youngs started his career in Palo Alto in the late 60’s as a singer and guitarist with Phil Mattson and the Fanfairs. He has also plucked a few notes with various leading artists throughout the bay area such as Pete Escovito, Herbie Hancock, John Handy, Steve Miller, Terry Miller, Steve Smith, Michael Manring and Bob Weir to name a few.
Stephen is an award winning composer and music editor. He works in film, television and other media and is currently based at Park Road Post Production, Wellington. He has composed music for every size of production, from Hollywood blockbusters through to independent documentaries and online web series, from all around the world.
Feature film credits include music editor for Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies', ‘'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug', 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', (for which he also composed additional source music; 'Blunt The Knives' and 'The Torture Song' ), Music Editor for Neill Blomkamp’s ‘District 9’, Supervising Music Editor for Amy Berg's 'West Of Memphis' and Supervising Music Editor for Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lovely Bones’ for which he composed additional music to accompany Brian Eno's original score.
Phil Heywood is a world renowned, multiple award winning Re-Recording Mixer with a career that has spanned over 40 years and has over 150 movies to his credit. Recent Feature Film credits include “Teana 10,000 Years Later”, “The Lego Movie”, “The Great Gatsby”, both “Happy Feet 1&2, “The Legend of the Guardians – The Owls of Ga’Hoole” and “Knowing”.
Chris Sinclair has worked in the audio industry in New Zealand and the UK for 20 years. He began his education in sound at the School of Audio Engineering in Auckland, with the highest overall grade ever achieved. Feature films Chris has worked on include Valhalla Rising, When a City Falls, 3-Mile Limit, the Almighty Johnsons, Outpost 3: Rise of the Spetsnaz, White Lies and 10, 000 Years Later.
Admin & Web
Emma has more than twenty-five years experience in the film and television industry . She production manages voice recordings and is POW Studios' resident photographer & videographer. She also looks after social media and day to day office management.
May is a Chinese National, from Zhuhai, Guangdong and has been a New Zealand permanent resident for more than fifteen years. May is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English and is sensitive to both Chinese and NZ cultural norms and protocols. May runs POW Studios Chinese social media content.
Experienced web developer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Mobile Applications, WordPress, Pro Tools, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).