Julie Christie (producer)

Dame Julie Claire Molloy Christie DNZM (née Molloy; born 1961/1962) is a New Zealand businesswoman and television producer. She is the founder and former CEO of international television company Touchdown Productions, acquired by Dutch media company Eyeworks in 2006, and then later sold to Warner Bros.[3]

Dame Julie Christie

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Christie in 2017
Born
Julie Claire Molloy

1961/1962 (age 59–60)
NationalityNew Zealander
OccupationTelevision producer
Spouse(s)Simon Lamond[1]
Louis Jones[2]
RelativesLeo Molloy (brother)

BiographyEdit

Christie was born in about 1962,[4] and grew up in Greymouth.[5] She is the sister of Leo Molloy.[4] She moved to Wellington when she was 17 and started working in newspaper journalism.[4][5]

After a decade as a sports sub-editor in newspapers, Christie moved into research for broadcaster Neil Roberts at Communicado production house. She started her own company, Touchdown Productions, in 1991.[6]

Touchdown became a major exporter of television formats to 29 countries, most notably the gameshow The Chair for ABC in the US and the BBC, and the reality gameshow Treasure Island.

In the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours, she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to television,[7] and in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours she was promoted to Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to governance and the television industry.[8]

In 2021, Christie acquired a majority shareholding in the international natural history TV makers and documentary production company NHNZ, and changed the name to NHNZ Worldwide. She is currently CEO.[9]

MembershipsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Findlater, Gordon (21 December 2017). "Dunn stables brings in controversial restaurant owner Leo Molloy to fight doping case". New Zealand Herald.
  2. ^ "Euro owner charged over row at rival eatery". New Zealand Herald. 21 December 2001.
  3. ^ "Dame Julie Christie: The West Coaster who reshaped New Zealand television". unfilteredtv.podbean.com.
  4. ^ a b c Tay, Karen (4 December 2009). "Small screen queen". Stuff. Retrieved 10 September 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b c d e "TV reality queen Julie Christie becomes a Dame". Stuff. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Julie Christie: TV is a business not an art". Now To Love.
  7. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2007". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 4 June 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2017". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  9. ^ Frater, Patrick (26 February 2021). "Julie Christie Acquires Control of Factual Producer NHNZ". Variety.
  10. ^ "Expo 2020 Dubai UAE". NZTA Expo. Retrieved 18 September 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "All Blacks Experience to open in December 2020". NZ Rugby. Retrieved 18 September 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Dame Julie Christie now a West Coast trustee". NZBusiness. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "Rugby World Cup 2021 set to break new ground as tournament dates are announced". Rugby World Cup. 3 February 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)