LOCAL PRODUCT: Filming The Gods of Wheat St, a Northern Rivers production written by Jon Bell, which aired on ABC television in 2014
LOCAL PRODUCT: Filming The Gods of Wheat St, a Northern Rivers production written by Jon Bell, which aired on ABC television in 2014 Contributed

TV executives visit Northern Rivers region

CREATIVES on the Northern Rivers will have the chance to get one step closer to seeing their projects broadcast on our national television networks, all thanks to Screenworks bringing senior executives from the ABC and SBS to our region for a not-to-be-missed Meet the Broadcasters event.

On September 21, SBS director of television and online content Marshall Heald and ABC director of television Richard Finlayson will travel to Newrybar Hall to speak to local creatives about each of their networks' content priorities, how their commissioning processes operate, and broadcast opportunities.

"By understanding what our broadcasters are looking for, our local content creators, writers and producers will be able to better tailor their concepts to help secure broadcaster interest, or alternatively to generate new ideas that specifically meet broadcaster needs and opportunities,” Screenworks general manager Ken Crouch said.

"It can be very frustrating for our local creatives to spend a lot of time developing a project only to find that it is not relevant to the broadcaster's program requirements or simply not what they're looking for at the moment.”

The Northern Rivers region has an outstanding history and reputation for developing diverse and quality programs, including the following productions on the ABC:

Two episodes of the recently broadcast Barracuda were written by Mullumbimby resident Belinda Chayko;

The Gods of Wheat St was written by Casino-based Jon Bell and filmed in the Northern Rivers;

dirtgirlworld was created and produced locally by Whiporie residents Cate McQuillen and Hewey Eustace; and

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and East of Everything was written by Byron Bay-based Deb Cox.

Meanwhile on SBS, the Goa Hippy Tribe was directed by Byron Bay resident Darius Devas - just to give a few examples.

The event will be facilitated by film distribution expert Victoria Baldock. For tickets and more on Screenworks' 2016 Pitching Program go to: www.screenworks.com.au.