About us Founders and brothers, Matt and Jacob, started ODV as a side hustle in 2019...

Our story

...but now, ODV is an established video production house operating in both New Zealand and Australia!

We built ODV with the purpose of making videos that entertain, that are a joy to watch, and that actually work for brands who want to stand out.

We also wanted to challenge the industry by creating an agency that doesn't perpetuate burnout culture. We defend our creative ideas and expertise and if you work with us, you'll not only love the outcome, but you'll also become a fan of our perfected process.

By ensuring our videos are story-driven, character-led and filled with great comedy, our ads are some of the most engaging you'll ever encounter in the wild. We are passionate about partnering with brands who want to be bold and do things differently all while having a heck of a lot of fun.

And that's us. That's ODV.

It's simple really - we make unforgettable videos for brands who want to be remembered.

Meet the team

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Matt Dawson
Head of Production | Co-Founder
Matt Dawson
Head of Production | Co-Founder

After co-founding an online toy store alongside his brother Jacob in their teenage years, Matt shifted gears into the dynamic realm of film. He entered a production house and contributed to some of the country's biggest TV commercials. Then in 2019, Matt co-launched ODV with Jacob and his dad Rodney as a side project initially but came on full-time after a few months. Between them, Jacob and Matt filmed and edited everything themselves while Rodney made the sales. These days, Matt heads up the production department, directs some of ODV's biggest commercials, and ensures that every video created carries that unmistakable ODV spark.

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Jacob Dawson
Head of Pre-Production | Co-Founder
Jacob Dawson
Head of Pre-Production | Co-Founder

Jacob came to the world of film in a rather roundabout way. While studying Product Design he began a YouTube channel to document his journey. The goal of the channel was to promote his design work, but when he started a side hustle in 2019 (ODV), he knew that film was the actual craft he wanted to pursue. So, Jacob dropped out of design school and took the side hustle full-time with his brother Matt and father Rodney. Now, ODV is a respected production house that makes story-driven commercials for bold brands. Jacob heads up the pre-production department, ensuring every script leads to a distinctive and scroll-stopping video.

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Rodney Dawson
Head of Sales | Co-Founder
Rodney Dawson
Head of Sales | Co-Founder

Rodney could be described as a serial entrepreneur – from launching a swimwear store in the 70’s called Blue Dude, to running a business consultancy where he coached over 500 senior leaders across NZ & AU, and now, leading a video production company with his sons Jacob & Matthew. As a co-founder of ODV and Head of Sales, Rodney (aka “Father Video”), is passionate about establishing a clear vision of purpose and organisational effectiveness for the growth of the business.

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Esther Dawson
Marketing Director
Esther Dawson
Marketing Director

Esther may or may not have studied communications because it was the only degree that recognised a love of talking as a genuine career path. Her experience is a unique combination of marketing and public relations which gives her social strategy and brand building skills a powerful edge. Esther is responsible for ODV’s ubiquitous marketing and is taking the agency on an international journey to spread joy with the best damn videos the internet has ever seen.

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Simone Momberg
Business Development Manager
Simone Momberg
Business Development Manager

Simone is our resident gastronome who is steadily working her way through Auckland’s food scene. Always prepared with recommendations on hand, she’s also one-half of the ODV Sales Team. Taking charge of new leads and business development, you’re likely to hear from her if you pop through an enquiry, so get in touch for a chat!

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Tessa McGeorge
Producer
Tessa McGeorge
Producer

After spending the last few years coordinating tertiary programmes and advising students, Tessa made the move to ODV to join our fantastic production team. Part-time vegan recipe creator, foodie and dancing queen, Tess loves overseeing the video production journey and especially ensuring that everyone remains happy and calm in the process! With a love for people and processes, Tess is here to use her organisational skills and chipper attitude to pull together all the moving parts required to make a killer video.

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Lucas Purser
Production Coordinator
Lucas Purser
Production Coordinator

The French pocket Rocket of the ODV prod department. Lucas moved from Paris to Wellington in 2016 and has been smoking darts and breaking hearts all over Aotearoa ever since (JK he quit smoking). After years freelancing in video production as an Assistant Director and Assistant Producer on music videos, documentaries and short films, Lucas leaped to the video commercial world by joining the ODV dream team. He applies the same dedication whether he is scheduling shoots, booking crew, or stepping in on-set to push a doorway dolly. Outside of work, Lucas is proficient in cat scratchies, dance floor slaying and general fabulousness.

Now that you know all about us, we want to know a bit about you!