David Gurney - Deputy Chair

Executive Producer, Director, Writer - Blue Rocket Productions

David Gurney is a well-known creator of animated television series and interactive media. He created, wrote, directed and produced Australia's first CGI animated television series, Blue Rocket’s Hoota & Snoz. Three seasons were produced and sold worldwide into more than 120 countries. David is a co-founder and co-owner Blue Rocket Productions, a multi award winning animation studio based in Hobart, Tasmania.

David has executive produced and directed 19 television series, a feature length telemovie, and numerous short films for Blue Rocket. He has also written numerous television series episodes and created and developed a number of television series for other production companies including three seasons of Erky Perky for CCI and Ambience Entertainment. David has worked as Creative Director of numerous award-winning interactive productions for Blue Rocket, Matchbox Pictures, ABC Australia and other production companies, and Creative Director of Blue Rocket’s mobile entertainment which has sold worldwide into 45 countries.

David has conducted seminars and consulted to numerous organisations including ABC Australia, AFTRS, UTAS, QUT, numerous Australian Federal and State Government screen agencies, Screen Producers Australia, and many other organisations and companies. He was a board member of The Australian Script Centre for six years, a board member of Events Tasmania, and is also member of the Course Advisory Committee for UTAS School of Social Sciences - Journalism, Media and Communications, and the UTAS School of Computing and Information Systems.

Prior to working in film and television, David worked extensively in professional theatre, corporate and special events, and corporate film and interactive media production. He has produced thousands of events, media, and theatre productions throughout the Asia-Pacific region. David holds a Masters in Screen Arts and Business from The Australian Film Television and Radio School.


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