Judging Panel | Background Talent Awards

By: Background Talent Awards  05-Apr-2012

Sarah started working in the Film & TV industry at the age of 18, spending time in London, NZ and Los Angeles. She moved to New Zealand in 1995, working as a casting director. In 1998 Lord of the Rings fever hit New Zealand and Sarah recruited 300 extras in preparation. The agency she always wanted to start, to help other people’s dreams come true was formed as Background Talent.

It is now New Zealand’s leading extra agency. Sarah retains a hands on involvement with the agency and is constantly bringing fresh ideas in extras casting to the New Zealand film industry.

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Winners 2011 | Background Talent Awards

Ivan has been with Background Talent almost from the very beginning and was frequently seen on set with wife Mavis, and delighted many extras with his warmth and humour. Ivan has been nominated for Most Reliable/Loyal Extra and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ivan was the only nominee in this category and a truly deserving winner.


Best Male Extra | Background Talent Awards

Janson Ryan has appeared in Mr Pip, as a Train Station Extra, and in Siones 2, as a Passersby.Shortland Street as cafe staff and Go Girls in TV. Janson has been nominated for The People’s Choice Award and Most Reliable/Loyal Extra and Best Male Extra. WINNER – Best Male Extra.