Julie Christie started out as a newspaper journalist before moving into television production during the late 80s and eventually setting up her own company in 1991, Touchdown Productions.
Fifteen years later Julie Christie, originally from Greymouth, had grown the business into New Zealand’s largest producer of entertainment television and exporter of program formats. By the time she sold the business to Dutch media group Eyeworks, Touchdown shows had been franchised to 29 countries.
Christie formed Touchdown Productions and within a few years had grown the business into New Zealand’s largest producer of entertainment TV, with a thriving business in exporting programme formats.
Christie has won two New Zealand Film and Television Awards for Best Entertainment Programme, two Qantas Media Awards for Best Lifestyle series, and People’s Choice Awards for Game of Two Halves and DIY Rescue. In 2012 she was annointed best director for the big-budget Kiwi version of renovation show The Block. She was the recipient of the WIFT 2004 award for international television achievement, and chaired the Government’s Screen Production Industry Taskforce. Christie was the inaugural New Zealand recipient of the prestigious global Veuve Clicquot Award, which celebrates female entrepreneurship.
In 2007 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.