Seasoned telco watchers may have been surprised to spot TelstraClear CEO Allan Freeth in a TV3 news item about Prime Minister John Key visiting Hollywood studios on Saturday evening.
Was Freeth, who has been outspoken about TelstraClear's contract with Sky TV, there to do his own deals with the studios?
Or, maybe he was scoping out a new career as an actor, as his current position is likely to be disestablished if Vodafone gets the green light to buy TelstraClear later this month?
According to TelstraClear spokesperson Gary Bowering, Freeth was there in his capacity as a board member of Film NZ, a Wellington-based screen industry organisation that markets New Zealand as an international centre for screen production. Freeth was appointed to the Film NZ board in December 2011.
Bowering says Freeth is on holiday in the US with his family and he took some time out to take part in the tour with the Film NZ delegation accompanying the PM. “He’s been a film buff for years and he loves the movies, that is why he was there, nothing to do with TelstraClear,” says Bowering.