Philippa Rennie heads the drama division at the New Zealand arm of Warner Bros. Television. She got the job after a decade leading the Business and Legal Affairs team at Touchdown, which ultimately became part of the Warner Brothers empire. Raised in Auckland, Rennie did a law and arts degree at Otago University then spent four years in London, where she was a lawyer for both an English production company and the Scandanavian Broadcast Service. At Warners she develops projects for both the Kiwi and global market. In 2021 she was nominated for an NZ Television Award, as one of the producers of miniseries Black Hands.
It was heartbreaking for Black Hands to be shut down, but through a collective effort and supportive screen community, we started filming again at Alert Level 1. We’re proud to say Black Hands was one of the first scripted drama productions in New Zealand and the first Warner Brothers International production in the world to recommence filming in the era of Covid-19. Philippa Rennie on making miniseries Black Hands in the age of covid, Auckland Unlimited website, 25 November 2020