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Simon Bennett

Director, Producer

Simon Bennett's extensive CV includes producing and directing episodes of long-running successes Shortland Street and Outrageous Fortune — including helming Fortune's keenly-watched final episode — and producing fantasy series Maddigan's Quest. Bennett began in theatre, and has gone on to spend time as head of drama at South Pacific Pictures, the production house behind all three shows.

Stamina, the ability to remain clear under stress, the ability to understand what everyone does on a production and communicate clearly with them so they all share the same vision. Strong critical faculties. Diplomacy. Simon Bennett, on the qualities needed in a good producer

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Interview

Simon Bennett: On producing and directing the big TV dramas…

Interview, 2013

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NZ Wars - The Stories of Ruapekapeka

2017, Co-Director - Web

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Westside

2015, Director - Television

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Shortland Street - Chris and Rachel's wedding

2014, Producer - Television

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Shortland Street - Death of Sarah Potts

2014, Producer - Television

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Shortland Street cast sings 'Anchor Me' (2013 Christmas episode)

2013, Producer - Television

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The Blue Rose

2013, Director - Television

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Sione's 2 - Unfinished Business

2012, Director - Film

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The Almighty Johnsons

2011 - 2012, Producer, Director - Television

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The Almighty Johnsons - First Episode

2011, Producer - Television

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Spies and Lies

2010, Director, Producer - Television

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Go Girls - First Episode

2009, Executive Producer - Television

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Shortland Street - The Ferndale Strangler finale

2008, Executive Producer - Television

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Shortland Street - Maia and Jay’s Civil Union

2006, Executive Producer - Television

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Outrageous Fortune - First Episode

2005, Executive Producer - Television

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Maddigan's Quest

2005, Producer - Television

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Maddigan's Quest - First Episode

2005, Producer - Television

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Outrageous Fortune

2005 - 2010, Director, Executive Producer - Television

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Shortland Street - Dominic meets a fiery end

2004, Executive Producer - Television

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Shortland Street - Nick and Waverley's wedding

2002, Executive Producer - Television

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Mercy Peak

2001 - 2003, Director, Writer - Television

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Riding High

1995, Director - Television

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Shortland Street

1997 - 2000, Producer - Television

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Shortland Street - Highlights from the first 15 years

1992 - 2007, Director, Executive Producer - Television