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Setting Up and Building a Screen Business

Screen Producers Australia in partnership with Screenwest is presenting the national Business Essentials full day workshop in Perth on Friday, 7 July. The workshop will be held at Screenwest’s premises at the ABC Building, 30 Fielder St, East Perth.

SPA Business Essentials is presented in association with AFTRS and covers the commercial framework in which producers must operate. The course is designed to provide you with the essential information to start, develop, and grow a film and television business.

The workshop includes the following modules:

Legal Business Essentials 

  • Copyright and Purchasing rights for program exploitation
  • Chain of Title
  • Fair Use
  • Rights covered by industry agreements
  • Music rights
  • Value of intellectual property
  • Rights negotiation
  • Production contracts, financing contracts
  • Distribution and licensing agreements
  • Location agreements and product clearances
  • Cast & Crew agreements

Accounting Business Essentials

  • Legal structure of business
  • Legal structure of production
  • Tax structures
  • Tax Incentives and Concessions
  • Business Planning
  • Finance & Cash Flow issues of projects 

Project Financial Management Business Essentials 

  • Budget management
  • Cost Reports
  • Completion bonds
  • Production Investment Agreements
  • Tax Offset borrowing
  • Payroll tax
  • Cashflow
  • Fringes
  • Accounting systems


DATE: Friday 7 July, 2017

TIME: 9.00am to 6.00pm
VENUE: Screenwest, 30 Fielder St, East Perth
INCLUDES: Morning & Afternoon Tea


SPA Members: $150.00  |  Guild Members: $180.00  |  Full Price: $200

Registration is essential and spaces are limited. To register, follow this link.

Screenwest’s support has helped reduce the cost of the workshop.

To receive the SPA members special discount, select ENROL on the AFTRS booking page, and choose SPA member registrant type.

Presented by Screen Producers Australia and the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

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For lawyers attending the Business Essentials Workshop:
Seminars and other CPD activities are not accredited by The Law Society of New South Wales. Under the CPD Rules, if SPA’s Business Essentials Workshop is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one “unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.


Owen Johnston has worked for Screen Producers Australia for over a decade in both policy and industrial relations. Owen has produced feature films, documentaries, television drama, and commercials and is a former Director of Film Development and Marketing at the Australian Film Commission.

Mark Donaldson is our Manager, Business & Legal Affairs. Mark provides legal and research support, and assists in the development of policy campaigns and the negotiation of industrial and commercial agreements.