Executive Producer, Co-creator, Writer
Rachel Lang has more than two decades of experience as a writer, script, story editor and is one of the top drama creators in New Zealand. For series five of OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE Rachel is not only storylining and writing on the series but she is also serving as script editor.
Rachel’s work was recognised at the 2008 NZ WIFT Awards where she won the TV3 and C4 Award for Success in New Zealand Television. At the 2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards, she also won the Best Script (Comedy/Drama Programme) award for series three, episode 11 of OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE.
As a Head Writer at South Pacific Pictures, Rachel, alongside Gavin Strawhan, was also co-creator, storyliner, writer and script editor on the New Zealand drama series, Go Girls. Kate McDermott also co-wrote the series.
Go Girls was not the first production Rachel and Gavin collaborated on; in 2005 they wrote the children’s fantasy series Maddigan’s Quest, based on an original idea from Margaret Mahy. Rachel and Gavin also co-created and wrote the South Pacific Pictures drama series Mercy Peak.
Previous television series Rachel has worked on include the drama series Lawless and Jackson’s Wharf. In addition to devising and developing these series, Rachel also storylined and wrote scripts for both the shows. She also spent three years working on Shortland Street, two of those years as story editor.
Rachel has a varied background in the broadcast industry as an actor, journalist and film reviewer.
As a script editor, Rachel worked on Open House and the telefeature Mark II. She was story editor for Shark in the Park and script editor and storyliner for the first series of Marlin Bay. She has also written for PlainClothes.
From August 1995 to mid-1997, Rachel was with South Pacific Pictures as Head of Development. She worked on Citylife, the Montana Sunday Theatre drama House of Sticks, Bad Timing for the Comedy Playhouse series and Market Forces. While with South Pacific Pictures, she continued her creative involvement in Shortland Street and developed numerous new projects for the company.