Heavyweight production companies including Endemol-Shine Australia, FremantleMedia Australia and Matchbox Pictures have been named as finalists in the Screen Producers Awards Business of the Year.
Competing against them are Brissy-based Hoodlum and Adelaide’s Hedone Productions.
CEO Matthew Deaner added, “The Screen Producers Australia Awards aim to increase awareness of the role producers play in creating Australian screen stories. They celebrate great Australian screen businesses who create and support high quality and outstanding screen content.”
Production Business of the Year:
Endemol Shine Australia
Breakthrough Business of the Year:
Arthouse cinema pioneer Natalie Miller AO, the first independent woman distributor in Australia, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awards will be presented next week at the Screen Forever Conference in Melbourne.
Meanwhile producers Marcus Gillezeau, Ewan Burnett and Tania Chambers join the Screen Producers Australia Council replacing outgoing Councillors Amanda Higgs, Morgan Jaffitt and Andrew Ogilvie.
Chris Oliver-Taylor, Managing Director of Matchbox Pictures said, “I am delighted to welcome our new councillors, Marcus Gillezeau, Ewan Burnett and Tania Chambers. Their experience and talent compliments an incredibly strong council that is well placed to continue the ongoing work of Screen Producers Australia.
“Across the next 12 months, Councils’ focus will continue to be on ensuring that the production and funding environment is as strong as possible to enable Australian stories to be told, this includes increasing the various offsets and ensuring strong financial support for the ABC, SBS, Screen Australia and the State funding bodies. We will also continue to encourage new players in Australia to commission Australian content.”