Who are GFS?

GFS is an award-winning media company, management consultancy, production services provider, and innovator of risk management solutions for the screen sector. Everything we do is underpinned by a drive to create valuable opportunities for our clients and outcomes worthy of the gold standard. 

WHAT WE DO 

Risk management solutions: We support clients in all sectors to achieve their objectives by building resilience to security, safety, and medical risks, and providing innovative strategies to overcome any challenge, anywhere in the world. 

Production management solutions: We are committed to helping our industry-leading screen sector clients achieve their creative vision through excellence in all management and practical components of their productions. 

OUR HISTORY 

GFS was established in 2004 by three-time Emmy® Award-winning producer, Producers Guild of America Television Producer of the Year nominee and co-founder, Julian Grimmond.  

Originally named Global Film Solutions and successor of Grimmond Productions and Mountain Film Productions, GFS is a company born in the New Zealand film industry and operating globally across various sectors. 

Our early successes include producing the CBS series, The Amazing Race, in which our detailed and disciplined risk management approach was essential to the seamless delivery of a show that beat both The Apprentice and American Idol to win three consecutive Primetime Emmy® Awards. 

Since then we have continued to work with the world’s largest media companies, including A+E Studios, Amazon, CBS, Discovery Channel, Disney, eOne, Hulu, ITV, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, National Geographic, Netflix, and Quibi. We have worked on projects touching every continent of the world, from the peak of Mt. Everest to the depths of the Southern Ocean, through warzones and health pandemics, and involving the planet’s most dangerous species and well-known talent. 

OUR TEAM

Julian

Julian Grimmond

President / CEO

As co-founder, president and CEO of GFS, Julian has provided risk management services for clients in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Africa, Central and South Asia, Central and South America, and the Middle East. He has produced and/or directed productions for clients including U.S. networks A+E, ABC, CBS, Discovery, FOX, National Geographic, and NBCUniversal.

Julian is a three-time Primetime Emmy® Award-winning producer, a nominee for the Television Producer of the Year from the Producers Guild of America (PGA), and a member of both the PGA and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

As an executive producer, Julian’s credits include the live global broadcast of the Auckland City Opening Celebration for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, New Zealand feature film, “Lowdown Dirty Criminals” and the Indonesian feature documentary, “Sculpting the Giant.”

Julian has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in history from the University of Otago and has held senior governance roles in the screen production sector, including previously being the chair of Film New Zealand and director of Auckland Film Studios.

Frith

Frith O’Hagan

Vice President

Frith has 18 years of experience in business and production, as well as a prior career in nursing which involved clinical, management and medical research positions. 

As co-founder and vice president of GFS, Frith oversees business affairs, jurisdictional compliance, finance, quality control, strategic relationships and medical standards. She has managed projects and the deployment of teams across the globe and in high risk environments. 

Frith has held other senior governance roles including previously being regional chair of the Child Cancer Foundation. She is an accomplished sailor with bluewater crossings of the Pacific Ocean and in yacht racing.

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron

Aaron Halstead

Director of Risk

Aaron has extensive risk management expertise with experience as a commissioned army officer, special forces instructor, aeromedical and mountain rescue manager, ski patrol director, qualified paramedic, and as an IFMGA internationally qualified mountain guide and heliski guide. Over the past 20 years, he has led more than 40 adventure expeditions across the globe and to all seven continents.

As Director of Risk, Aaron manages the GFS Risk division, including our team of analysts and OverWatch™ operations room, and is responsible for developing risk management solutions and advice for clients. His previous production experience includes Vertical Limit, X Force, Danger Hunters, BBC Frozen Planet, and Bouvetoya – The last place on earth. 

Aaron has a Master's Degree in professional practice (distinction) and a Bachelor’s Degree in applied management. 

 

 

 

 

Dennis

Dennis Weir

Director of Operations

Following an extensive career in the armed forces and commercial sector, Dennis has proven experience in security, project and operations management, investigations, close protection operations, surveillance operations, leadership, training and policy development. 

As director of operations, he is responsible for managing the deployment of expert security, safety and medical consultants onto productions. His experience includes coordinating the close protection detail for A-list celebrities filming internationally and ensuring the implementation of production-wide security plans for large-scale network productions.

 

 

Molly

Molly Powers

General Counsel

Molly joined GFS as General Counsel following a decade-long career practicing law in top tier US and New Zealand law firms, where she focused on complex commercial litigation, health and safety law, regulatory defense and corporate advisory work.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. Molly is a dual qualified lawyer, admitted to the Illinois State Bar and as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Molly has a lifelong love of hockey and has competed internationally, including as a US representative. She remains active in the sport through governance and coaching roles and is passionate about helping the next generation of players.

 

Ella

Ella Spittle

Director of Communications

Ella is an award-winning marketing and communications specialist with nearly a decade of experience across the tourism, property, public policy and screen sectors. She joined GFS in July 2020 and is responsible for managing the company’s brands and communications.

Ella holds a Bachelor of Commerce in marketing and a Postgraduate Diploma in politics (with distinction) from the University of Otago. She has also gained a Certificate of Digital Marketing (with distinction) from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. 

Ella was previously a member of the New Zealand freeski team and has competed in slopestyle internationally. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, mountain biking and binging on a good TV series.

 

  

 

Heidi

Heidi Bulling

Company Accountant

Heidi is an associate chartered accountant with nearly 15 years' experience across multiple industries. As Company Accountant at Global Film Solutions, Heidi is responsible for company accounts and management reporting, as well as production accounting. 

Heidi holds a Bachelor of business studies in accountancy with a minor in marketing from Massey University. She has previously run her own business and studies part-time towards a graduate diploma. 

A New Zealander from the South, Heidi enjoys water and snow skiing, yoga and travel, and has previously worked as a ski instructor for two seasons at a summer camp and waterski school in North Carolina.

Sally

Sally Norman

Production Services

Sally is a professional project manager with a strong track record of delivering successful outcomes in fast-paced, dynamic environments. She has worked on productions for ABC, Discovery Studios, Electus, Lionsgate, National Geographic, Universal Television and GFS Indonesia. Her extensive knowledge of production practicalities and her solution-seeking nature has proven invaluable to creating smooth and effective production processes.

Sally’s previous experience includes 10 years as the operations and events manager at Snow Park in Wanaka. She played a key role in the ski field’s growth into a world-class Olympic training arena. Sally also has a background in events management and has been involved with the coordination of major events, festivals and concerts across Australia and New Zealand.

Before beginning her career in project management and operations, Sally completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Otago. Sally can still be found on the slopes snowboarding in winter and is also a keen swimmer.

Bella

Bella Grimmond

Assistant Producer

Bella is an experienced assistant producer who has previously worked in Los Angeles for Disney, Lionsgate, LOL Network, NBCUniversal, Sony Music and YouTube. 

At GFS, Bella is responsible for working closely with producers, directors and senior creative personnel throughout the content development process, from pre-production to post-production. She has worked on projects for Amazon, Blumhouse, Matador Content, National Geographic and Netflix, and is also involved with digital content creation for GFS’s own platforms.

Bella has completed a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in criminology, international relations and cultural anthropology, and with a focus on criminal psychology and human rights. She is an award-winning photographer and yoga enthusiast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom

Tom Jordan

Senior Risk Analyst

Tom joined GFS after four years as a site controller for world-renowned adventure tourism company, AJ Hackett Bungy. In his role overseeing the operations of the Kawarau Bridge bungy site, Tom developed considerable skills and experience in crisis and risk management, health and safety, and operations management.

As a risk analyst at GFS, Tom is responsible for producing risk assessments, plans and reports, and for monitoring and assisting travelling clients, personnel and consultants on location through the OverWatch™ operations room. 

Tom has a Bachelor of Science (Economics) from Cardiff University, majoring in criminology and social policy and with a focus on criminal justice and social policy reform. Outside of the office, Tom is a keen traveller and can be found taking advantage of the great outdoors, playing guitar, basketball or enjoying film and music.

Lavinia

Lavinia Askin

Risk Analyst and Legal Counsel

Lavinia joined GFS after working for more than five years as a solicitor at a leading law firm and specialises in immigration and employment law. Her role at GFS includes preparing risk assessments, plans and reports, and providing legal support to the company. 

Lavinia has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in art history from Victoria University of Wellington. She has been admitted to the High Court of New Zealand as a barrister and solicitor. 

For the past five years, Lavinia volunteered in the Big Brother, Big Sisters mentoring programme. She is passionate about travelling, art and making the most of the outdoor activities Queenstown offers. 

 

 

 

 

Josie

Josie McGuinness

Risk Analyst

Josie is an experienced analyst who has previously worked in sustainability, public policy and property development industries. She works in the GFS Risk team and provides support to our OverWatch™ operations room. 

Josie holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in marketing from the University of Otago. 

Originally from Wellington, Josie has lived in the Queenstown Lakes District for two years, where she established her own sustainable and ethically made clothing label. In her spare time, she teaches yoga and loves reading, skiing, hiking and travelling. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Partners around the world

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Global Pacific Fiji

:: Fiji and Pacific

Global Pacific is part of the GFS network and is a Fiji-based TV and film production services company with offices in Los Angeles and Suva. Our experienced team of producers are available to discuss creative and financial opportunities for your production. 

Learn more at globalpacificfiji.com.

A Selection of Partners