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Local Film producer appointed to World Board

Local Film producer appointed to World Board

Ondrej Havas in Zurich shortly after his appointment.

May 13, 2008.

Local Film producer appointed to World Board

The International Quorum of Picture Producers (IQ) has announced in Switzerland that New Zealand television producer, Ondrej Havas has been elected to IQ’s 15 person international Board of Directors.

IQ, the only international network of film production companies of its kind, produces over $US1 billion in film and television productions annually.

Membership includes film production companies in more than 45 countries.

Ondrej Havas, who returned last week from the Board’s quarterly meeting, said his company has been a member for over ten years.

“It has been very worthwhile for Omnicron,” he said. “Most recently we commissioned overseas work for Fonterra in Chile and worked with our Chinese partners in Shanghai for NZ Trade and Enterprise.

“Last year we sourced a Spanish film crew for America’s Cup footage. But the relationship works both ways. “Within New Zealand, the IQ network has recently commissioned us to flim for Microsoft and National Geographic’s television arm.”

Ondrej Havas established Omincron when he was a teenager in the early 1980’s. The company has also won over 50 local and international awards since 1997.

Background to IQ

Founded in 1966, IQ grew from North Carolina filmmaker Walter Klein’s vision to create a worldwide association of filmmakers to share knowledge and pool international production resources. Its members are primarily producers who own and manage production companies around the globe with diverse expertise in feature films, television programming, commercial and documentary production, corporate and news media.

Admission to the association follows strict selection criteria and requires the candidate to meet high professional standards. Limited to 100 members, IQ delivers clear-cut business advantages, such as branch offices worldwide, access to foreign locations and crews, equipment hire and local experience.

An annual conference binds the organization with a new location chosen each year. In recent years conferences have been held in New York, Shanghai, Rome, Sydney, Tokyo, Tallinn and Los Angeles. This year it will take place in Quito, Ecuador.

IQ producers get the competitive edge, armed with intimate knowledge of current industry trends and the support of an elite global network.

IQ members have received countless accolades including Academy Awards, Palm D’Or, Clios and ITVA’s.

The current IQ board of directors, alphabetically, is:

• Corinne Burns Bruno (Rome, Italy)
• Malcom Carter (Vancouver, Canada)
• Bestor Cram (Boston, USA)
• Kevin DeWalt (Regina, Canada)
• Pamela Drewe (Madrid, Spain)
• Staffan Ehde (Stockholm, Sweden)
• Ondrej Havas (Auckland, New Zealand)
• Vern Oakley (New Jersey, USA)
• Peer Oppenheimer (Los Angeles, USA)
• Hirohisa Sugizaki (Tokyo, Japan)
• Donna Svanberg (Sydney, Australia)
• Artur Talvik (Tallinn, Estonia)
• Piret Tibbo-Hudgins (Tallinn, Estonia)
• James Tusty (New York, USA)
• Dan Setton (Jerusalem, Israel)


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