Screenrights yesterday announced it is now offering a new disbursement service for the Australian production industry, previously offered by Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation.
Screenrights Chief Executive Simon Lake said: “We have more than 25 years experience distributing royalties to rightsholders in film, and providing this service is a perfect fit for our organisation. It will ease the administrative burden on production companies, letting filmmakers get on with making content for audiences. As a trusted independent organisation with extensive industry knowledge, we are well-positioned to undertake this important role.”
Screen Australia spokesperson Bernadette Rheinberger said: “We are pleased Screenrights is taking on this important function. It is reassuring that the industry will continue to have access to an Australian disbursement service. Screenrights is ideally placed to fill that role given its relationships in the industry over many years and the similarities between its current function and this new business.”
SAFC CEO Richard Harris said: “The SAFC is proud of the contribution its Disbursements Service has provided to the industry since it commenced in 1997. With the handover to Screenrights of those titles managed by the SAFC, we are confident the producers will be in good hands. I take the opportunity to publicly thank long serving SAFC staff member Kevin Hatswell for his unwavering commitment to the SAFC Disbursements Service for which he has won many friends and supporters.
Last week Foxtel announced it had signed a new five-year deal with Screenrights for retransmission of FTA broadcasts.