About Us

WhitebaitMedia is a modern, purpose built production house situated in central Christchurch. With the largest and most well equipped studio Facilities in the South Island. Whitebait has been creating quality television and commercial content for New Zealand and international audiences for over 22 years.

Directors

Janine Morrell-Gunn

Janine Morrell-Gunn

Janine is a highly experienced and leading producer of childrens’ television in New Zealand. She has worked on many iconic shows before co-founding WhitebaitMedia in 1988 with Jason Gunn. Janine continues to create innovative TV while maintaining close ties with the local community. A successful businesswoman and multi-tasker, in 2009 Janine was recognised with an "Entrepreneur of Year" award by WIFT (Women In Film and TV). It was the same year she opened the doors to WhitebaitMedia’s stunning brand new, purpose built television production Facility in Princess Street, Christchurch.

Jason Gunn

Jason Gunn

For over 25 years Jason has been one of New Zealand’s most loved broadcasters. An acclaimed and versatile television and radio personality he’s also a director, writer and producer. The face of kids TV in the 1980’s Jason has also hosted many popular shows from Dancing with the Stars to Wheel of Fortune. Named best presenter at the Qantas Media Awards (2007, 2008, 2009) and New Zealand’s funniest man on Television (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009). As a husband and wife team, Jason and Janine Morrell-Gunn created WhitebaitMedia.

Key Staff

Reuben Davidson

Producer ‘Fanimals’

Reuben Davidson

Reuben loves the challenge of creating and producing "Brain Busters", a popular TVNZ 2 weekday game-show, full of educational content packaged in a series of games. He also produced the much loved TV show Fanimals.

Adam Percival

Producer 'What Now'

Adam Percival

Adam Percival is What Now's producer. From host to behind the scenes Adam brings fresh and creative ideas to What Now, while keeping the show's heart at the forefront of its 40th anniversary year... Gunge!

Emma Gribble

Producer 'Darwin & Newts'

Emma Gribble

Emma is the Producer and Co-Creator of Darwin and Newts and is currently developing its second season.

Debbie Buckley

Finance Manager

Debbie Buckley

Debbie has a background in Financial Management and Systems Processes and Procedures, ensuring efficient, accurate and timely financial management.

Ash McKenzie

Digital Technical Manager

Ash McKenzie

Ash is the Technical Manager for our flagship game-show "Brain Busters" and he keeps all our complex IT systems and our post-production suites running.