Kelrick Martin and Michelle Cheng named Sdin co-chairs

Kelrick Martin and Michelle Cheng named Sdin co-chairs
ABC’s Kelrick Martin and Sbs’s Michelle Cheng will co-chair the Screen Diversity Inclusion Network (Sdin) for 2021-22, succeeding Benjamin Law and Jo Dillon.

The ABC’s head of Indigenous, Martin is a Ngarluma man from Broome Wa. His commissions at the pubcaster include Cleverman S2, Kiki and Kitty, Black Comedy S3 and S4, Maralinga Tjarutja and Total Control.

Martin was the inaugural presenter of ABC TV’s Message Stick. In 2002 he completed his Masters in Documentary Writing and Directing at Aftrs, and in 2007 returned to Wa to become Nitv’s commissioning editor. He formed Spear Point Productions in 2010, with credits including Prison Songs. Prior to joining the ABC in 2016, he was the Indigenous manager for Screenwest.

Cheng is the Sbs content industry diversity manager for TV and online. Her role sees her work to improve career pathways for diverse TV creatives and investigate international best practice for screen diversity.
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Screen Queensland announces filmmakers for Authentic documentary shorts

A trio of filmmaking teams will start production on short documentary projects this month after receiving funding via Screen Queensland’s Authentic program.

Delivered in partnership with Screenworks, the initiative provides $4,000 for three filmmaking teams, based in Far North Queensland and extending to North Queensland, to produce short films about significant personalities in their region.

Janne Rytkönen, Shontell Leah Ketchell, and Robert Crispe will each work closely with a mentoring producer from ABC to refine their shooting scripts, production planning, rough cuts, and final edits, with the completed works to be considered for screening on ABC platforms.

In congratulating the recipients, Screen Queensland chief creative officer Jo Dillon said the program was an example of how the agency aimed to invest in talent across the entire state.

“We are delighted to announce Cairns teams Janne Rytkönen with Samantha Martin, and Shontell Leah Ketchell with Ewan Cutler, alongside Townsville-based creative Robert Crispe,
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Screen Queensland partners with Unless Pictures for short film initiative

Screen Queensland partners with Unless Pictures for short film initiative
Screen Queensland has partnered with Unless Pictures to launch Ride Shorts, which will support up to six early to mid-career creative teams to create short films that will premiere at the Brisbane International Film Festival (Biff).

The program is part of Sq’s larger Ride Initiative, which aims to bolster filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

Other partners in the initiative include Sbs, Madman Entertainment and The Post Lounge.

Each of the Ride shorts will be executive produced by Unless Pictures’ Meg O’Connell and Jackson Lapsley Scott. Teams will receive up to $55,000, as well as creative feedback and guidance from Unless Pictures throughout development, production, post, delivery and distribution.

In addition to the premiere at Biff, there is the potential for the shorts to stream on Sbs on Demand and packaged as an anthology feature film for theatrical distribution by Madman.

Screen Queensland’s chief creative officer Jo Dillon said Ride
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Screen Queensland hires Belinda Burns to lead comms, promotes Jo Dillon, Dee Mundell

Screen Queensland hires Belinda Burns to lead comms, promotes Jo Dillon, Dee Mundell
Belinda Burns.

Bolstering its executive team, Screen Queensland has hired Belinda Burns to head marketing and communications, and has promoted Jo Dillon to chief creative officer and Dee Mundell to COO.

Burns, who joined the Sq team yesterday, has worked in marketing for more than 20 years and moves from Brisbane Girls Grammar School, where she was the director of communications and engagement.

With a PhD in Writing from The University of Queensland, Burns has lectured extensively in creative writing, literature and film studies. She is a published novelist and short fiction writer, who has also run her own production company, developing digital content for companies and government departments.

Burns has also held roles for PR network Citigate, and was general manager for a social marketing consultancy within the Ogilvy group.

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Screen Queensland and Wattpad launch development initiative

Screen Queensland and Wattpad launch development initiative
The Kissing Booth’.

Screen Queensland has partnered with Canadian social storytelling platform Wattpad, launching a new development initiative based on the latter’s “DNA Machine Learning Technology”.

The Wattpad platform connects readers and writers; writers directly publish to the platform and readers can interact with them and share their opinions.

Looking at audience engagement and community sentiment, and using data insights, company arm Wattpad Studios then determines stories with potential for publishing, or film, TV, or digital adaptation.

Projects based on titles published on Wattpad include feature film After, Netflix/Komixx Entertainment’s The Kissing Booth, and Hulu’s Light as a Feather.

As part of this new initiative, Sq and Wattpad will select up to three successful young-adult (Ya) stories from platform and ask Queensland creatives to submit their take on how the story could be adapted for screen.

Up to three concepts will then be selected for further development,
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Wattpad Enters First Australian Partnership With Screen Queensland

Wattpad Enters First Australian Partnership With Screen Queensland
Wattpad, the entertainment company known as a source for original stories, has teamed with Screen Queensland, a Queensland Government-owned company that invests in talent and production to grow a creative, innovative and successful screen industry with a focus on stories and audience. This marks the first Australian partnership for Wattpad.

The partnership combines Screen Queensland and with Wattpad’s data-backed approach to development. The companies will use Wattpad’s Story DNA Machine Learning technology to identify stand-out stories for development from the extensive library from the storytelling platform. The partnership will also allow the companies to use data-backed audience insights throughout the development process.

Screen Queensland and Wattpad will select up to three successful stories from the Wattpad platform and ask Queensland screen industry creatives to submit their “take”. Writers will provide a pitch outlining how they plan to translate their original idea from story to screen for a film and TV adaptation.
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Screen Queensland offers $1 million to help firms diversify and innovate

Jo Dillon.

Screen Queensland is spending $1 million to help the state’s screen businesses diversify, build capability and develop new revenue streams during and beyond the pandemic.

In the program named Sq Enterprise, grants of up to $150,000 each will be available to businesses across a wide spectrum: production, production services, post-production, game development and distribution, as well as related media companies which are keen to move into the screen sector.

The funding can support a range of activities including the development of projects that can move into production in the next 12 months, hiring expertise and additional staff, diversifying talent, new partnerships and investments, marketing, infrastructure and innovation.

Applicants must furnish a compelling a 12-month business plan, financial strategy, market and competitor analysis and demonstrate the immediate and long-term benefits to the Queensland screen industry.

Sq Enterprise is the latest component of the $3.3 million support package announced in March to help
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Screen Queensland survey shows a sector in distress

Screen Queensland survey shows a sector in distress
Kylie Munnich (Photo credit: Jade Ellis).

More than 60 per cent of the 500-plus people who responded to Screen Queensland’s survey on the impact on the screen sector from Covid-19 in the past two days are freelancers or contractors – and most are jobless.

That’s according to Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich, who says the agency is committed to supporting the industry through this crisis as well as focusing on how to prepare for a full recovery when it’s business as usual.

Munnich has convened a broadly-based Queensland screen industry task force which will meet fortnightly or more frequently if required and is liaising closely with her team including head of development and production Jo Dillon.

The members are WildBear Entertainment principal and executive producer Veronica Fury, Bacon Factory Films director Dean Gibson, Hoodlum Entertainment chief content officer and former Sq CEO Tracey Vieira, Cutting Edge’s owner/director Michael Burton,
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Tracey Vieira becomes a Hoodlum

Tracey Vieira.

Hoodlum Entertainment has appointed Tracey Vieira as chief content officer, aiming to build on the foundations of shows such as Harrow, Five Bedrooms and Tidelands and its first-look deal with Disney’s ABC Studios International.

The former CEO of Screen Queensland will join the company on September 30, working with co-founders Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield, chair Deanne Weir and the rest of the Hoodlum team.

The Hoodlum execs reached out to Vieira when she announced she was leaving the agency after five and a half years as CEO.

Weir tells If: “We want to build on the foundations of our global business and look at opportunities to make shows in other parts of the world. Tracey is the perfect partner.”

From her office on the Disney lot in La, CEO Tracey Robertson said ‘We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome Tracey, or TV as we will call her.
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Jillian Nguyen to play the female lead in Ivan Sen’s ‘Loveland’

Jillian Nguyen.

After making her feature film debut in Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang Jillian Nguyen has landed the lead female role in Ivan Sen’s Loveland.

The actress who was born to Vietnamese parents in a refugee camp in Malaysia will star alongside Hugo Weaving and Ryan Kwanten in the romantic sci-fi drama produced by Bunya Productions.

Set in the neon twilight of a futuristic Chinese influenced mega-city, it follows two lonely souls, Kwanten’s Jack, a hardened assassin, and Nguyen’s April, a nightclub singer. Weaving is a genetic scientist named Dr Bergman.

Together Jack and April search for what it once was to be human until it confronts them, revealing the true mystery of their existence. Shooting starts in Hong Kong and Brisbane on February 25.

Screen Queensland funded the development which started five years ago, is the principal investor and is cash-flowing the Producer Offset.
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Scott Free's Amal Baggar joins Screen Queensland

Amal Baggar.

Amal Baggar will join Screen Queensland as its new VP of Development and Production beginning this month.

Baggar joins Sq from Los Angeles where she's worked for Scott Free Productions for eight years as both VP and as a creative executive overseeing film production and development. Baggar's credits include Concussion, starring Will Smith, which she co-produced..

She also worked for Creative Artists Agency in La as the executive assistant to motion picture literary agents, Tory Metzger and Maha Dakhil.

"We are thrilled to be welcoming Amal to our team to help grow Queensland.s screen industry," said Screen Queensland CEO.Tracey Vieira.

"The international experience, intel and contacts that Amal brings to this role will be of huge benefit to our local practitioners including her know-how on how to make a commercially successful production with international appeal."

Sq.s Evp of development and production Jo Dillon said: "Amal
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Screen Queensland launches new early career screen program

Screen Queensland has unveiled the first act in its 2015-16 early career screen program - Queensland Originals: Short Fiction.

.Queensland Originals: Short Fiction offers four Queensland filmmakers the opportunity to develop, produce and market a seven-minute short film aimed at prestigious Australian and international festivals. .

The selected projects, which will include two from Indigenous filmmakers, will each receive a $30,000 grant to make high-quality, short dramas that will form part of a clear career pathway for the creative team.

Screen Queensland chief executive, Tracey Vieira, said she was excited about the new short film initiative.

"The Short Fiction Program is part of our strategy to foster a strong and successful screen industry in Queensland by providing opportunities for our talented storytellers to grow their skills and careers," she said.

"I am looking forward to rolling out the remaining programs in our Early Career Screen Program over the course of the year.
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Screen Queensland raises funding levels

Screen Queensland is increasing. production investment and grant ceilings as part of a package of revised funding structures, programs and incentives.

Due to take effect from July 1, the changes are aimed at boosting production in Queensland and simplifying and streamlining processes for the State.s screen industry.

".Screen Queensland has engaged extensively with local industry and key stakeholders throughout the last 12 months to work on improving the service, infrastructure and financial incentives offered by our screen agency," said CEO Tracey Vieira.

"'We identified changes that needed to be made to support increased levels of screen content production and to ensure we are a competitive and first choice State for screen production.

"As a result we have made revisions to our funding frameworks including an increase to our Production Investment ceiling from $650,000 to $750,000 with a $100,000 top-up grant for eligible long-form and large scale productions, taking the total Sq funding to $850,000 for these projects.
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Screen Aus hires Screen Nsw development exec

Screen Nsw development and production executive Justin Donoghue is joining Screen Australia.

Donoghue has been appointed development executive, replacing Jo Dillon, who departed in August to become head of production and development at Screen Queensland.

At Screen Nsw he has focussed primarily on feature development as well as TV and interactive projects and he managed the Aurora development program.

He worked on the development of Amiel Courtin-Wilson.s Ruin and Simon Stone.s The Daughter and with Jennifer Kent, Cate Shortland, Andrew Bovell and John Collee. A graduate of the UK National Film & Television School in script development, he had 15 years experience in Europe, South Africa and the UK in development, production and distribution, working on projects for Hallmark Entertainment, Film Four, Channel Five, Downtown Pictures and Kudos Film and Television.

Screen Australia head of production Sally Caplan said, .I am delighted to have Justin bring in his range of skills and experience,
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New director of development at Screen Queensland

Screen Queensland has appointed former Screen Australia executive Christopher Sharp as director of development.

Formery development executive, features and professional development. at Scroz,. Sharp takes over from Jock Blair, who retired last month after 11 years with the state agency.

Sharp has been working in sales and acquisitions with New York-based FilmNation as part of a professional placement under Screen Australia.s talent escalator program. At Screen Australia he oversaw the development of. more than 70 features, entailing story development on each project and nurturing new and emerging talent. He has also worked as a script consultant for UK Film Council, Working Title, Ealing Studios, Eon and Celador and and as a development executive at Material Entertainment, a co-venture between New Line Cinema and Entertainment Film Distributors. .Christopher has a well-honed appreciation for Australian stories and an in-depth knowledge of the national and international market and we look forward to working with
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Screen Queensland rings in changes

Screen Queensland has appointed Jo Dillon, formerly a development executive at Screen Australia, in the new role of head of development and production.

This co-incides with the retirement of director-development Jock Blair after a career spanning more than 40 years, and the departure of production investment and business development executive Catherine Nebauer.

Nebauer is leaving mid-August to become general manager of ZooMoo, billed as the world.s first kids channel dedicated to animals, launched by David Haslingden.s Beach House Pictures and Nhnz.

Dillon starts at Screen Queensland on August 25 and Blair steps down on August 1.

.As Screen Queensland continues to work with industry to grow a healthy and sustainable industry, Jo.s experience with creative and thoughtful leadership will provide exactly what the industry is asking for,. said CEO Tracey Vieira.

Vieira tells If that Dillon is a new addition to the executive ranks and she will hire replacements for Blair and Nebauer.
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Jo Dillon to join Screen Australia's Development Team, Christopher Sharp departs

Screen Australia has today announced Jo Dillon will be replacing Christopher Sharp on its Development Team.

Dillon has worked in Australia and in the UK in various roles, including journalist and broadcast commentator, Head of Development of UK production company Yipp Films and as a script and story consultant..

She has worked as an assessor and mentor for screen agencies in the UK and has also assessed scripts for Screen Australia previously, as well as Film Victoria and the Australian Writers. Guild..

Sharp will be leaving Screen Australia in June to further his career in New York..

Screen Australia.s Head of Development Martha Coleman said, .We wish Christopher the very best at this exciting time in his career and it.s with real pleasure that we welcome Jo to the team. Jo has exceptional craft skills and her insight and sensitivity make her a great developer. She will be
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2011 Grammy winners: Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Arcade Fire win big

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The 2011 Grammy Awards were big for the ladies -- country trio Lady Antebellum took home the most awards with five, while Lady Gaga earned three. Eminem had two honors, but Alternative Rock group Arcade Fire won the coveted Album of the Year.

Here is the full list of winners:

Album Of The Year

The Suburbs -- Arcade Fire

Recovery -- Eminem

Need You Now -- Lady Antebellum

The Fame Monster -- Lady Gaga

Teenage Dream -- Katy Perry

Record Of The Year

"Nothin' On You" -- B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars

"Love The Way You Lie" -- Eminem Featuring Rihanna

"Forget You" -- Cee Lo Green

"Empire State Of Mind" -- Jay-z & Alicia Keys

"Need You Now" -- Lady Antebellum

Best New Artist

Justin Bieber


Florence & The Machine

Mumford & Sons

Esperanza Spalding

Song Of The Year

"Beg Steal Or Borrow" -- Ray Lamontagne, songwriter (Ray Lamontagne And The
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The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Winners List

Record Of The Year Nothin' On You, B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars Love The Way You Lie, Eminem, Featuring Rihanna F*** You, Cee Lo Green Empire State Of Mind, Jay-z & Alicia Keys Winner -- Need You Now, Lady Antebellum Album Of The Year Winner -- The Suburbs, Arcade Fire Recovery, Eminem Need You Now, LAdy Antebellum The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga Teenage Dream, Katy Perry Song Of The Year Beg Steal Or Borrow, Ray Lamontagne, songwriter (Ray Lamontagne And The Pariah Dogs) F*** You, Brody Brown, Cee Lo Green, Ari Levine, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Cee Lo Green) The House That Built Me, Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert) Love The Way You Lie, Alexander Grant, Skylar Grey & Marshall Mathers, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Rihanna) Winner -- Need You Now, Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum) Best New Artist Justin Bieber Drake Florence
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Grammy Awards pre-telecast winners

Grammy Awards pre-telecast winners
Winners were announced in almost 100 categories during the pre-telecast ceremony portion of the 53rd annual Grammy Awards. Alternative Field Best Alternative Music Album The Suburbs -- Arcade Fire Infinite Arms -- Band Of Horses Brothers -- The Black Keys Broken Bells -- Broken Bells Contra -- Vampire Weekend Country Field Best Country Song "The Breath You Take" -- Casey Beathard, Dean Dillon & Jessie Jo Dillon, songwriters (George Strait) "Free" -- Zac Brown, songwriter (Zac Brown Band) "The House That Built Me" -- Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert) "I'd Love To Be Your Last" -- Rivers Rutherford, Annie Tate & Sam Tate, songwriters (Gretchen Wilson) "If I Die Young" -- Kimberly Perry, songwriter (The Band Perry) "Need You Now" -- Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum) Best Male Country V...
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