A leading NZ indie, Greenstone produces some of New Zealand and Australia’s favourite series, including long-running prime-time hits Motorway Patrol, Border Patrol, Highway Patrol, Dog Squad, Neighbours at War, Renters, Gutsful! and The Big Ward. Specialists in observational reality, the Greenstone team also create top-quality documentaries, including The Women Of Pike River, Decades In Colour and Keeping It Pure. We make drama too, most recently My Life Is Murder, starring Lucy Lawless, and action-thriller Vegas.

Greenstone is part of the CJZ Group (Sydney-based Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder) and are the largest independent producers of content in Australasia.

CJZ’s signature programmes include The Gruen franchise, Bondi Rescue and Go Back to Where You Came From.

For over 20 years we’ve created characters, documented histories, and captured real-life stories – around 100 documentaries in total, and more than 100 series. We’ve won numerous awards and made millions of people laugh, — all while achieving great ratings at the same time.

Our People

Rachel Antony, CEO

Rachel Antony, CEO

Rachel has an extensive background in factual, entertainment and documentary production in New Zealand and internationally.

Rachel Antony, Greenstone’s CEO since 2017, has over 25 years’ experience across development, research and production in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and internationally. Inherently nosy, she began her career with a degree in journalism and has worked across dozens of documentary, observational reality and entertainment programmes.

Rachel spent two years juggling producing in Sydney with AFTRS’s Screen Business postgraduate programme and while she’s also had stints in publishing, travel and e-commerce, the screen sector always pulls her back. Greenstone has successfully diversified into more drama production recently, but Rachel’s experiences as a documentary producer mean she’s a firm believer that fact is invariably stranger than fiction.

Passionate about seeing NZ’s creative industries thrive, Rachel is on the boards of Screenrights and innovative NZ theatre company Nightsong, and was a steering committee member for NZ’s Screen Sector Strategy 2030.

Tara Pradhan, Director Government & International Relations, CEO Middle East

Tara is a strategy, partnerships and stakeholder relations leader with a focus on social change.

With a background in the public and NFP sectors, Tara was formerly Head of Vision Partners at World Vision New Zealand and worked as Communications and Stakeholder Manager at the New Zealand Transport Agency. Prior to this, she was with Auckland Council and her experience in local government includes senior roles in international relations; economic development; strategy; creative industries; major events, and film facilitation.

Tara played a key role in establishing Film Auckland and served as a board member for ten years. She is a Leadership New Zealand alumnus and former trustee and is a member of the Be. Accessible Fab50 and a Be. Employed mentor.

Tara is a board member of Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi and the New Zealand Middle East Business Council. She has a Masters of Arts from the University of Auckland, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Massey University. In her personal time, Tara can be found exploring far-flung places and enjoying as much local cuisine as she can find in her travels.

Tash Christie, Head of Factual

Tash Christie, Head of Factual

Tash is one of Greenstone’s – and New Zealand’s - most experienced producers

Tash is the Head of Factual and Executive Producer across Greenstone’s diverse documentary and entertainment production slate.

With over 25 years of media and theatre experience under her belt, Tash has pretty much helmed it all – from festival docos, The Women of Pike River and Pictures of Susan, to science-led series, The Good Shit and Peak Antibiotics, Kid’s content and series, Young Riders and K-Pop Academy and primetime favourites, Motorway Patrol, Origins, Artefact, Dog Squad and The Big Ward.

Tash is a committed champion of collaboration. Online documentaries, Under The Bridge and Fighting the Demon, which she produced in tandem with the investigative team at the New Zealand Herald have won journalism awards.

Tash’s superpower is maintaining a sense of humour in even the toughest of circumstances.

Kylie Croft, Head of Production - Operations

Kylie Croft (Ngāti Toa) has been a secret ingredient in Greenstone’s successful (on time, on budget, top-rating) series for over a decade.

Kylie’s role gives her a busy and varied work slate, which can be best summed up by her favourite Māori proverb – ‘He aha te mea nui o tea o (What is the most important thing in the world)?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata! (it is people, it is people, it is people!)’.

She’s Production Managed and Line Produced a huge variety of GS shows, including The Zoo, The Tem Show, Serious Crash Unit, Decades in Colour, Honey Wars, and Highway Patrol. She now works with all production teams to navigate the often 'twisty-turny' path from prep through to delivery.

Kylie’s passionate about Health, Safety and Wellbeing, though she could do without more covid pivots for a while! Her claim to fame is that she’s short enough (just!) to have auditioned as a hobbit on Lord Of The Rings — a missed opportunity, for sure.

Harriet Crampton, Head of Drama

Harriet Crampton, Head of Drama

Harriet’s had a “multi-platform” career across theatre, radio and television, including five years as Series Producer of NZ’s long-running prime-time soap, Shortland Street.

Harriet’s career in television began when she produced New Zealand's longest-running soap Shortland Street from 2000 to 2005. For Greenstone, Harriet has produced award-winning series including Vegas (2021), The Tender Trap (2020), and teen sci-fi thriller The Cul de Sac, which won the Asian Academy Award for Best Children’s Drama in 2018, along with comedies and web series. Harriet is currently Executive Producing My Life Is Murder and New Zealand’s first Jewish comedy series, Kid Sister.

Timeline

Today

Greenstone continues to create Factual, Entertainment and Drama content for NZ and Australian networks and digital platforms, and our Kiwi and Australian-made shows are enjoyed by audiences in over 20 countries.

2013

Greenstone is acquired by Australia’s CJZ Group, creating the most prolific independent production group in Australasia.

2010

Cream Media is purchased by Greenstone, bringing on-board favourites such as Dog Squad and Border Patrol.

2007

Greenstone receives its first commission from an Australian broadcaster, producing Crash Investigation Unit for Channel Seven. The relationship continues, with Highway Patrol (shot in Melbourne) in production for series 10 in 2017.

1995

Greenstone’s first projects go to air: Against The Odds – about heroic survival – and Godzone Sheep (it’s New Zealand, after all…).

1994

Greenstone is founded by John Harris, a journalist and programme-maker with many years’ experience in newspapers, radio and television. As Managing Director and Head of Development, John builds Greenstone into a widely respected and prolific production house.