Arrivals & Departures: Bauer taps ex Canvas ed, Curious signs Tarantino’s Kiwi muse

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Bauer Media has appointed Michele Crawshaw as editor of the Australian Women’s Weekly NZ magazine. The previous – temporary – editor was Wendyl Nissan, who ran the title in 2016 while then-editor Cath Bennett was on maternity leave. Bennett had since chosen not to return.

Crawshaw had 16 years’ experience as an award-winning magazine editor of market leading newsstand and newspaper-inserted magazines, including Woman’s Day, Viva and Canvas.

“We are delighted to have Michele join our stellar team of 24 highly accomplished magazine and digital editors here at Bauer,” said publisher Brendon Hill. “She brings a journalism pedigree second to none and will continue to drive the team forward in telling stories that matter to New Zealand women, and growing the brand on its expanding list of delivery platforms.”

Crawshaw said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the talented team at The Australian Women’s Weekly NZ and to be working for New Zealand’s premier publishing company.

The Australian Women’s Weekly NZ is everything I love in a magazine – quality journalism, with stories and issues that matter to women, as well as outstanding lifestyle content. It has a proud heritage and an important role in New Zealand’s magazine industry. I can’t wait to deliver more great stories for our readers.”

Crawshaw’s appointment comes at a time of rapid growth for Bauer, with its recent launches of PaperBoy, Nadia and MissFQ magazines; the acquisition and re-launch of Food magazine, and the launch of websites and

Curious signs Tarantino muse Zoë Bell
Curious Film has signed star NZ stunt performer Zoë Bell – who’s been labelled Quentin Tarantino’s ‘muse’ – to its global directors’ roster.

“She has probably spent more days on set at the pointy end of the camera than all the commercial directors in Australasia put together,” says Curious executive producer Matt Noonon.

Bell has previously worked on fight and action scenes with Tarantino on Kill Bill, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Death Proof and Kill Bill 2.

“You care about her, you love her, you’re charmed to pieces by her,” Tarantino said following the launch of Death Proof.

She has had a documentary, Double Dare, made about her. And a retrospective hosted by The New York Museum of Modern Image: Zoë Bell: From Stuntwoman to Star.

Directing has been seen as a natural next step for Bell, who had worked as a producer and executive producer on genre films since 2013, working with directors Tarantino, Shane Black (on Iron Man 3) & Taika Waititi (on Thor Rangorak).

Campaign Brief Australia reports that Bell has returned to New Zealand and will shoot her first TVC, a six-day shoot, in January.

Says Bell: “To be back working where it all began. To work on more and more scripts. To demonstrate what I’m capable of. I live for this.”

Noonan said: “To say I’m stoked she said yes would be an understatement. Zoë is used to collaborating with the best creative talent in Hollywood, but she’s kept close to her connections in NZ. I’m thrilled to be her producer, to surround her with a team that will support and challenge her, a team I know she will connect with and who will have her back. 2017 is going to be a great year.”

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