PRODUCERS: Northern Rivers based Screen Producer Lois Randall with Writer Sue McPherson.
PRODUCERS: Northern Rivers based Screen Producer Lois Randall with Writer Sue McPherson. Contributed

Producing the best there is in the Bay

SOME of Australia’s most accomplished screen producers will be in Byron Bay next month to present at Screenworks’ two-day seminar The Business of Producing.

The seminar will be held at SAE Institute on March 11 and 12, and is designed to increase the production skills of local filmmakers, with a view to increasing screen production opportunities in the region.

One of the event’s key speakers and the Head of Production at Matchbox Pictures, Helen Panckhurst is particularly looking forward to connecting with local producers explaining that “there’s something fantastically rewarding about sharing knowledge and connecting with new people and fresh ideas - especially in such a beautiful part of the world."

“The program is ideal for anyone interested in film and television production, this event will provide a unique opportunity to access invaluable advice through presentations and round table discussions that will provide up-to-date information on producer best practice for documentary and drama production,” said Screenworks General Manager Ken Crouch..

Others that feature in the line-up of guest speakers at the event include the Principal at Wildbear Entertainment, documentary producer -Veronica Fury, Senior Development and Production Executive at Screen NSW - Mark Hamlyn and the CEO of Screen Producers Association - Matthew Deaner.

Along with visiting producers, a strong line up of local screen industry professionals will talk about their successes and advise on living regionally and doing business nationally and internationally; including Lois Randall (Gods of Wheat St), Dana Michell - Series producer ITV studios and Victoria Baldock a distribution expert and CEO of Verve Entertainment.

“We are regularly approached by talented local creatives looking for screen producers for their film, television or digital media concepts,” explained Screenworks General Manager Ken Crouch. “so we have identified up-skilling producers as a pivotal way to increase production opportunities in our region and have designed this event specifically to address that need,” said Mr Crouch

“Also presenting will be representatives from key screen industry organisations to give participants an insight into critical factors that a producer needs to access. Representatives including the Managing Director of Fulcrum Media Finance Sharon Menzies, the CEO of Moneypenny Services Jane Corben and founder of Galvaniize Insurance David McEwan who will run workshops on production finance, risk management and accounting practices for screen production.

“The Business of Producing gives anyone who is interested in screen production the opportunity to connect with some of Australia’s most accomplished producers and executives.”

For tickets or more information visit: www.screenworks.com.au