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Film & TV Export Market Masterclass
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR
The Mischief Sisters
The Mischief Sisters
DIRECTOR OF FILM FUNDING
PROGRAM MANAGER, CO-PRODUCTION
SENIOR PRODUCER - SCRIPTED AND UNSCRIPTED
HEAD OF SCREEN INDUSTRY PROGRAMS
INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL
Screen Producers Australia
Chris started his career at the BBC in London, working across a number of production roles and programs, varying from Top of the Pops and The Generation Game, to Match of the Day and Westminster Live. He emigrated to Australia in 2000 and worked at the ABC in a number of senior roles across Drama, Entertainment and Comedy.
Chris was promoted to Head of Production in 2005 responsible for the physical production of the entire ABC TV slate, over 2500 hours of content annually. In 2008, Chris took on the role of Head Business & Operations for ABC Television, and as well as maintaining responsibility for physical production, he took on additional responsibilities including the financial management, business affairs and scheduling and broadcast operations of ABC TV.
In 2011, Chris moved to the independent production sector as Managing Director of Matchbox Pictures. He has led the company through a sustained period of growth, generating significant production output across Australia and Internationally. Recent credits include Glitch (ABC), Wanted (Seven), Hyde & Seek (Nine), Secret City (Foxtel) and The Real Housewives of Melbourne (Foxtel)
Chris is a Board Director of Matchbox Pictures, a member of NBCUniversal International Leadership Group, a Board Director of Screenrights and a former President and Board Director of Screen Producers Australia.
Paul is a founding shareholder of Lightstream Pictures. His directing and producing work spans commercials, TV series, feature films and the staging of large live events. Paul directed and produced ONE PERFECT DAY, for which he was awarded Best Debut Director from the Screen Directors Association of Australia. Early in his career, Paul also produced the Australian action feature film UNDER THE GUN, and co-authored the best selling book, A HERO’S JOURNEY (forwarded by Bryce Courtney, author of THE POWER OF ONE). Paul directed the acclaimed documentaries LIONHEART - THE JESSE MARTIN STORY and EVERY HEART BEATS TRUE: THE JIM STYNES STORY and also served as Creative Director for World Reconciliation Day, a live and multi-camera broadcast event that featured Nelson Mandela and Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter. Paul was nominated as Australian of the Year for co-founding a charity organization called Reach Youth, which has affected the lives of over 500,000 young Australians.
Paul directed the ABC TV series TWENTY-SOMETHING and Executive Produced the cop thriller RAMPART, written by James Ellroy and starring Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver and Robin Wright, and MAX ROSE starring Jerry Lewis. He produced the fantasy adventure film THE KING’S DAUGHTER with Bill Mechanic staring Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt. Paul also co-produced DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S GREAT BARRIER REEF documentary and he also just finished the psychological thriller 2:22, which he directed and produced that has Michiel Huisman and Teresa Palmer staring in the leading roles. Recently Paul again collaborated with Bill Mechanic producing the highly acclaimed and Academy Award winning Mel Gibson directed HACKSAW RIDGE, which stars Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington. He also produced the large budget Chinese film that was shot in Australia BLEEDING STEEL staring Jackie Chan and also the Chinese/Australian Co-Production tiled THE LONGEST SHOT. Paul also recently just completed directing the live action opening and ending of LEGO: NINJAGO, which also stars Jackie Chan.
With 20 years senior media management experience in content investment, acquisition, sales and marketing – plus ancillary rights exploitation - Sharon Ramsay-Luck is able to offer producers meaningful guidance on distribution options and considerations. Having managed the global distribution operations for both the SBS and ABC, Sharon’s experience with traditional international broadcasters and emerging platforms has equipped her with valuable insights and knowledge to share with producers to assist them in making the best decisions to optimise the lifecycle and returns from their productions.
Alison specializes in documentaries that can make a difference. She made the Logie winning Choir of Hard Knocks whilst at the ABC, and has recently completed a Churchill Fellowship that researched engaging and accessible documentaries that can bring about social change. She created and developed two series of Changing Minds for the ABC, whilst at Northern Pictures. It was the first series in Australia where television cameras were allowed into locked mental health wards. The series were Aacta and Walkley nominated, and described by the Sydney Morning Herald as surely one of the most important programs in the history of Australian television. Through the Mischief Sisters, along with business partner Maz Farrelly she mentors and runs workshops on pitching and development. She’s a member of the AIDC Advisory committee, an external assessor for Screen Queensland and sits on many industry panels.
The Mischief Sisters was formed to exploit the creative talents of media heavyweights, Marion Farrelly and Alison Black. Between them, they have show run some of the biggest TV brands in the world in three territories – the USA, UK and Australia. Marion ‘Maz’ Farrelly and Alison Black are TV chalk and cheese. In the smart chalk corner, Alison Black – you know those blue chip documentaries you watch that change Government policy, start national conversations and help shape society? Alison makes those. In the broad appeal cheese corner, Maz Farrelly – you know those ratings juggernauts you can’t seem to avoid watching, even though you don’t want to? Maz makes those guilty pleasures. Between them, they have most genres covered. They’re called The Mischief Sisters because they like to approach everything they do with a creative sense of mischief, turning ideas on their heads and delivering surprising and innovative results every time. Both former BBC Executives and Development Specialists, Maz and Alison met on The Farmer Wants A Wife, not romantically, sis years ago and have been collaborating creatively ever since.
Navigating funding for screen and creative arts can be a difficult and lengthy process, Celeste can make this a reality. Celeste Blewitt, as Director of Film Funding at Avant Group is an expert in navigating the grant process and partners with creative businesses to achieve optimal funding solutions. With over 10 years’ extensive experience in the film and television industry, working in costume and styling, Celeste has a deep understanding of the creative process and the needs of producers and creators. Celeste has transferred this vast knowledge in her work with Avant Group. Celeste works in a team at Avant Group with Kate Whitehead and together they represent one of the top advisor teams in the sector. Celeste seeks funding solutions for creators to take advantage of Australian Government funding opportunities. This expedites the funding process and allows creatives to apply their skills where it counts best, creating, telling stories and making film and television.
Dan is a partner in Holding Redlich’s Corporate & Commercial section, and leads the firm’s Technology, Media & Communications group. In this capacity, Dan acts on behalf of: film and television producers, distributors, broadcasters and creatives; technology companies and start-ups; advertising agencies and communications businesses; and other intellectual property owners. Dan also acts for clients in other sectors which are undertaking procurements, branding exercises, advertising campaigns, and other uses of intellectual property and information technology. Dan is recognised by Best Lawyers as a leading practitioner in Entertainment Law and Information Technology Law.
Colleen manages Australia’s international co-production program at Screen Australia.
The Co-production Program was established to encourage production and foster relationships between international filmmakers from partner countries. Australia has agreements with twelve countries and Colleen works with producers and competent authorities around the world to facilitate official co-productions. An official co-production is considered a ‘national’ project of each country which means the producers can take advantage of the incentives provided to national films in their country.
Mike is Senior Producer, Scripted & Unscripted, with Princess Pictures (Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes, 8MMM, It’s a Date). Previously, Mike worked at Screen Australia since it was founded in 2008 and before that with predecessor agency the Australian Film Commission since 2005. In his role as Investment Manager at the Federal Government’s key screen agency, Mike managed many award-winning projects including online content, TV series, feature films, apps, interactive drama & documentary, and video games, and conceived and ran many initiatives, conferences, and training opportunities. Mike had special responsibility for innovative digital production, exploring new platforms, finance, and revenue models. Amongst several special programs, Mike initiated and managed SKIP AHEAD with Google/YouTube to support content creators to grow online subscribers, and FRESH BLOOD with ABC TV/iview to find the next wave of comedy filmmaking talent. Prior to joining the agency, Mike held positions with the UK Film Council and the South Australian Film Corporation, and worked with production companies Picture Palace North (UK) and Monkeystack.
A former partner of Victorian production company Media World Pictures, Ross’ diverse range of producing credits include the internationally acclaimed mini-series, The Circuit, the comedy feature Stone Bros., the documentary feature Anthem, and children’s animation series Dogstar.
Before joining Media World, Ross managed the funding programs at ScreenWest, and played a key role in the redesign of the organisation’s industry support schemes.
While he has a background in documentary production, Ross originally trained as a director at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, and has directed short films and series drama for television. He also taught screen performance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and has been nominated for Australian Film Institute Awards for scriptwriting, directing and producing.
Ross has headed up Screen Industry Programs since 2014.
Owen Johnston is a consultant on Industrial and Commercial Affairs. Owen negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of Screen Producers Australia with unions and guilds, provides industrial and commercial advice to members, consults on policy, and assists in the development and presentation of SPA’s business classes and seminar programs.