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Scott Granville: Co-founder of Chasing Time English

Scott Granville

Co-founder: Chasing Time English

Scott has worked in the media and education sectors for over 15 years in New Zealand, South Korea, Australia and the United States. While his more recent focus has been on creating and producing award-winning, original content for multimedia platforms, Scott has extensive experience and post-graduate qualifications in English language and literature, research and mentoring, as well as in-depth knowledge of cross-departmental and cross-industry collaboration processes in the education sector.

An experienced lecturer, teacher and coach, and with more than a decade of leading complex creative projects, he possesses strong leadership and organisational skills, and enjoys being challenged in collaborative and education-based work environments.

Ben Woollen: Co-founder of Chasing Time English

Ben Woollen

Co-founder: Chasing Time English

Ben is an award-winning filmmaker currently based in Wellington, New Zealand. Having spent the better part of 20 years in the creative industry, and producing content for a wide range of international clientele across multiple sectors, Ben has amassed a strong portfolio of film and photographic work. He has worked on a number major motion pictures in the Wellington region and his production work has taken him to all corners of the world.

Jonathon Ryan: Head of Materials Development

Jonathon Ryan

Head of Materials Development

Jonathon (Jono) has taught English since 1997, holding academic and managerial positions in Ireland, Mexico, and New Zealand, which have also encompassed brief stints in Guatemala, Japan, Korea and China. He holds a PhD and MA in applied linguistics, a postgraduate diploma in second language teaching and a bachelor degree in Screen & Media Studies. Jono is particularly interested in applying insights from Conversation Analysis. His research has appeared in the prestigious journals Language Learning, Journal of Pragmatics, and ELT Journal, and he co-edited the recent volume Reflective Practice: Voices from the Field (Routledge, 2017). Jono has also spent many years designing and writing teaching materials, both in his previous role as a Director of Studies and more recently through publications such as Modern English Teacher and a forthcoming volume by TESOL Press.


Nick Wilkinson is Jimmy Fortune

Nick Wilkinson is Jimmy Fortune

Nick Wilkinson has been involved in the dramatic arts for over twenty years. A sought-after stage director, Nick has worked extensively with some of New Zealand’s biggest names. He has a deep understanding of the storytelling process and of how to bring characters to life. As an actor, Nick is highly regarded for his versatility, playing many iconic leading roles from the dramatic to the comedic. Nick has a focus on fostering and nurturing new talent in the industry.

Sash Nixon is Daniel Tait

Sash Nixon is Daniel Tait

Sash Nixon is an award-winning Maori filmmaker and actor, who has been involved in short films since he graduated with Honours in Screen and Media at the University of Waikato in 2003. In 2011, his sci-fi film "Star Wars Hunter" won him a "Best Acting" award at San Diego Comic Con. In 2016, he landed his first feature role in the film "Penny Black" as the comedic superhero Lapwing. He also co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in "The Anniversary", a drama that won "Best Film" at Tropfest NZ 2017. He is currently writing and developing his first feature film.

Alice Kimber-Bell is Jenny Tait

Alice Kimber-Bell is Jenny Tait

Alice Kimber-Bell has been performing onstage for a number of years in a variety of roles, including as a singing mermaid, Portia/Jessica/Nerissa in Merchant of Venice, Peter Rabbit and countless other characters, along with forays into film during this time too. Alice also loves to act, sing, read and spend time with family and friends. She is excited to join the cast of Fortune and looks forward to working with the talented team.

Fortune: an original drama series for English language learners.

Courteney Mayall is Susie Lee

Courteney is a musical theatre performer and character voice actor. Her intrinsic passion for performance, particularly focused on singing, has seen her relish every opportunity to get on stage. Courteney has been involved in musical theatre for over 10 years, featuring in a range of productions. She has more recently been involved in doing numerous character voices for various audio recordings, utilised by a range of international projects. These roles have been both spoken and sung.

Fortune: Credit List

Production Team


Simone Walker
– Host
Nick Wilkinson
– Jimmy Fortune
Alice Kimber-Bell
– Jenny Tait
Laurie Beth Hayes
– Erica James (EJ)
Gretta Escudeiro
– Woman in Red
Adeline Granville
– Maggie
Sash Nixon
– Daniel Tait
Courteney Mayall
– Susie Jones
Brad Arnold
– Bobby
Jeremy Mayall
– Wedding Celebrant

Teaching Videos

Mary Rinaldi
Tony Smith

Executive Producers

Linda Cass
Ike Hamon
Uwe Feuersenger
Craig Nicol


Chris Tan

Original Score by

Jeremy Mayall

Assistant Production Manager

Tania Jones

Location Sound

Adam Harvey & Jeremy Mayall

Production Manager

Karen Kemsley

Script Supervisor

Arezou Zalipour

Clapper loader

David Tharratt

Hair and Make-up

Claire McFarlane
Courteney Mayall
Pip Grundy


Dan Inglis


Alana Granville

Set Photography

Karen Kemsley
Monique Finney

Production Assistants

David Tharratt
Finn Agnew
Monique Finney

Special assistant to Mr. Woollen and Mr. Granville

Chris Herlihy


D Kitchen & KPJ Inc.

Food Sponsors


Angela Brunton
Cuba Creative
Tony Cartner
Jeff De Leeuw
Fiona Jackson
James Armstrong
Nick Ward
Audia Philios
Nathan Cables
Lou Cables
Trent Finlay
Jayne Nakata
Charin Singh
Craig Nicol

Special thanks

Jeff and Karyn De Leeuw
The University of Waikato
David White and the team at SHIFT72
Tom Mowbray

Materials Team

Head of Communications

Steven Holloway

Head of Materials Development

Jonathon Ryan

Senior Materials Writer

Mary Fisher

Materials Writers

Karen Kemsley & Scott Granville

Materials Designer

Troy Major

Web Developer

Diego Vilela