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 Paula Boock 

Paula Boock (she/her) is an award-winning New Zealand scriptwriter, producer and author. Her screen credits include storylining and writing on the light drama The Strip (series 1 and 2), the internationally acclaimed drama series The Insiders Guide to Happiness and its 7-part prequel The Insiders Guide to Love. She won the 2003 AFTA Best Drama Script (with Kathryn Burnett) for The Strip and was a finalist in the 2005 and 2006 NZ Screen Awards for her Insiders Guide scripts. She was also the script consultant for three series of the multi-award winning NZ animated comedy bro'Town.

In 2007 she and Donna Malane formed Lippy Pictures. Together they created and co-produced Time Trackers, a 13-part international children's time-travel drama (with The Gibson Group/TaylorMedia) wrote Bloodlines a 90 minute television drama (for Screentime NZ), and co-wrote and produced five telefeature dramas; Until Proven Innocent, Tangiwai - a Love Story, Field Punishment No.1, Pirates of the Airwaves and Jean, for TVNZ/Lippy Pictures.


Most recently they have co-created, written and produced two seasons of the crime drama The Gulf, a NZ/German co-production which premiered in NZ and Germany in 2019 and sold to Sundance (US), Nine (Aus), UKTV, Netflix (Australasia) among others.

Paula has also worked as a script consultant and produced two film shorts (Queer Selfies, 2014 and Run Rabbit, 2018). As an author she has written five young adult novels, including Out Walked Mel (AIM Best First Book Award), Sasscat to Win (Esther Glen Medal) and the groundbreaking queer novel Dare Truth or Promise which won the NZ Children's Book of the Year. She has held the Writing Residency at the Dunedin College of Education as well as the Robert Burns Fellowship, and the Writing Residency at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to her move to the screen Paula was a publisher and founding partner of Longacre Press.

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