GFS offers business solutions across three areas, within the screen sector and beyond.

Protecting the health, safety and security of your people, workplace and assets.

Delivering the full spectrum of production services for films, series, episodes or locations.

Explore Production

Original content that moves, enlightens and entertains.

Explore Content

On-demand services, training and inspiration for individuals and businesses.

Tracking and monitoring you or your team’s safety, anywhere in the world.

Explore OverWatch™

Training and education in risk management, and for risk managers.

Explore Academy

Bite sized videos full of real people, true stories and chewy ideas.

Explore Spotlight

Worldwide & worldwise

When you work with GFS you are choosing a trusted, experienced and global team that truly understands your business, anticipates the solutions you need, and employs the highest standard of expertise.
About GFS | TV & Film Production Services & Risk Management
About GFS | TV & Film Production Services & Risk Management
About GFS | TV & Film Production Services & Risk Management
When you work with GFS you are choosing a trusted, experienced and global team that truly understands your business, anticipates the solutions you need, and employs the highest standard of expertise.

Why choose GFS?

We have a firsthand understanding of your business.
We have a firsthand understanding of your business.

We have a firsthand understanding of your business.

Led by an Emmy Award-winning producer and with firm roots in TV and film production, GFS has first-hand experience of the realistic requirements, issues and opportunities facing our clients throughout the entire process of screen production.

Our risk management theory and practice has also been successfully applied to government, NGO and private sector projects, where we’ve proven our ability to quickly learn and adapt to our clients’ business context.

We are the global screen sector’s trusted and experienced partner.

We are the global screen sector’s trusted and experienced partner.

With a track record dating back more than 17 years and involving productions in locations across the globe, a portfolio of industry-leading clients and a suite of industry-recognized and award-winning products and services, GFS is the global screen sector’s trusted and experienced partner.

We are the global screen sector’s trusted and experienced partner.

With a track record dating back more than 17 years and involving productions in locations across the globe, a portfolio of industry-leading clients and a suite of industry-recognized and award-winning products and services, GFS is the global screen sector’s trusted and experienced partner.

We utilize the highest standard of expertise.
We utilize the highest standard of expertise.

We utilize the highest standard of expertise.

Our rigorous standards ensure our team brings genuine expertise in risk management and production. We select our leadership team, consultants and subcontractors from global networks of professionals and require that they meet high levels of competency and experience.

We don’t just fix problems; we anticipate the solutions you need. 

We don’t just fix problems; we anticipate the solutions you need. 

With a deep understanding of industry best practices, we are uniquely positioned to not only assist you with any challenge or requirement your production or project may face, but also to anticipate the future issues and opportunities you may encounter, and the solutions required to proactively address and unlock that potential.

We don’t just fix problems; we anticipate the solutions you need. 

With a deep understanding of industry best practices, we are uniquely positioned to not only assist you with any challenge or requirement your production or project may face, but also to anticipate the future issues and opportunities you may encounter, and the solutions required to proactively address and unlock that potential.

We operate wherever in the world you are.
We operate wherever in the world you are.

We operate wherever in the world you are.

Our team has been working remotely and on locations in virtually every country on the planet for nearly two decades. This ability to operate anywhere in the world is made possible by our OverWatch™ 24/7 operations center, offices in Los Angeles and Boston (U.S.), Queenstown (New Zealand), Sydney (Australia), Suva (Fiji), and Denpasar (Indonesia), and a global network of expert consultants and subcontractors.

Our story

GFS was co-founded in 2004 by three-time Emmy Award-winning producer and Producers Guild of America Television Producer of the Year nominee, Julian Grimmond, and former health services manager and nurse practitioner Frith O’Hagan.

Originally named Global Film Solutions, the company began making films in the mountains of New Zealand and now operates globally across sectors.

Early on, our innovative and disciplined risk management approach to production was recognized as being essential to the seamless delivery of shows for U.S. networks FOX, ABC, NBCUniversal and CBS.

The systems and processes we developed went on to become the preeminent risk management frameworks for a generation of high risk reality series.

Today, our risk assessments continue to set the benchmark for screen productions internationally, are recognized by major insurance companies and have been awarded by leading international and national bodies for risk professionals.

As a provider of risk management solutions, production services and original content, we have collaborated on more than 2,500 projects touching every continent of the world – from the peak of Mount Everest to the depths of the Southern Ocean.

We opened offices in Los Angeles (U.S.) in 2008, Sydney (Australia) in 2010, Suva (Fiji) in 2015, Denpasar (Indonesia) in 2017 and Boston (U.S.) in 2020. Our headquarters remain in the mountains of Queenstown, New Zealand.

Awards

Winner: AmCham-DHL Express Success & Resilience Award (2020)

Finalist: Institute of Risk Management’s Managing Risk Across Boundaries Award (2015)

Winner: Risk NZ’s Excellence in Managing Risk Across Boundaries Award (2015)

Our team

GFS is made up of an interdisciplinary leadership team and a global network of high-caliber, expert consultants.

Leadership Team

Julian Grimmond

Chief Executive Officer
Julian is a three-time Primetime Emmy® Award-winning producer, nominee for the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Television Producer of the Year Award and a member of both the PGA and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

He has produced and directed series for clients, including U.S. networks A+E, ABC, CBS, Discovery, Fox, National Geographic, and NBCUniversal, and holds executive producer credits for feature film Low Down Dirty Criminals (New Zealand) and documentary film Sculpting the Giant (Indonesia).

Julian has held senior governance roles, including six years as chair of Film New Zealand and two years as director of Auckland Film Studios.
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Frith O'Hagan

Chief Operating Officer
Frith is a former health services manager and nurse practitioner, with both clinical and medical research experience. She has worked with productions for nearly two decades since co-founding GFS.

As Chief Operating Officer, Frith oversees client service delivery and business administration. Her medical background is also applied to ensuring our medical services meet appropriate standards.

Frith has held senior governance roles including being regional chair of New Zealand’s Child Cancer Foundation.
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Dennis Weir

Director of Operations
Following an impressive and extensive career in the armed forces, law enforcement, and commercial security, Dennis oversees GFS Risk’s security operations and consultant deployments.

He brings a very high level of expertise in operations planning and implementation to every production or project, whether we’re deploying a Covid-19 Safety Officer within the U.S., providing close protection detail for A-list celebrities filming internationally, or developing production-wide security plans for large scale network productions.
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Aaron Halstead

Director of Risk
Aaron oversees GFS Risk and OverWatch™ products and services. He is a former commissioned army officer, special forces instructor, and aeromedical and alpine rescue manager, a qualified paramedic, and an IFMGA mountain and heliski guide.

Aaron has led more than 40 expeditions across the globe and to all seven continents. His previous production experience includes Vertical Limit, X Force, Danger Hunters, BBC Frozen Planet, and Bouvetoya – The last place on earth.
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Jamieson Shea

Director of Operations, East Coast
Jamieson is an apt strategic planner with more than two decades of experience in screen and event production. Previously, he managed international tours and televised performances of multi-platinum recording artists, before working in commercial and music video production at Notorious Pictures, and later at Viacom as a staff producer of original programming.

Jamieson has managed and consulted on Covid-19 health and safety for five feature films, two documentaries and elevan commercials. He is a firefighter and paramedic and has provided on-set medical aid for nearly two dozen major studio pictures and series.
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Company News

GFS Risk wins American Chamber of Commerce award

GFS Risk has been awarded a 2020 AmCham-DHL Express Success and Resilience Award for its work on helping US productions to restart safely during the Covid-19 pandemic...

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GFS appoints Aaron Halstead as Director of Risk

Halstead is an operational risk management practitioner turned business executive, with experience serving as a commissioned army officer, special forces instructor, aeromedical and mountain rescue manager, ski patrol director, paramedic...

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Global Film Solutions rebrands to GFS after pandemic

Global Film Solutions, has today announced it is rebranding to GFS as the business consolidates its offering to TV and film networks, content studios and production companies, and extends services…

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