We are governed by an elected council that includes some of Australia’s most prominent screen industry professionals. Our elections are held annually with representatives selected from across the feature film, television and interactive production community.
Tania Chambers OAM
Before becoming CEO of WildBear, Michael was the Managing Director and co-founder of production company Bearcage. Michael’s credits as Producer and Executive Producer encompass award winning television, government and commercial productions. His notable projects, both one-offs and series, include Building Australia (2013, History Channel), The Boffin, the Builder and the Bombardier (2013, ABC), The Story of Australia (2013, CCTV9), New Zealand From Above (2012, ZDF/Arte, National Geographic, Prime TV), The Digger (2011, History Channel, Gold Dolphin winner at the Cannes Film and Television Awards), Blessed Mary (2010, History Channel), For Valour (2009, History Channel), and Strong Men of Nguiu (2007, ABC Television). Michael was also an Executive Producer on feature film The Babadook (2014, Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival), a former member of the ACT Cultural Council and currently serves on the board of ScreenACT.
Tania Chambers is a Producer and Executive Producer at Feisty Dame Productions.
Tania produced the feature film Kill Me Three Times directed by Kriv Stenders, starring Simon Pegg, Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth and Bryan Brown.
Tania also produced the feature A Few Less Men directed by Mark Lamprell and starring Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Kevin Bishop, Ryan Corr, Shane Jacobson, Deborah Mailman, Jeremy Sims, Sacha Horler and Lynette Curran. A Few Less Men is the sequel to the successful comedy of the same name. Her Executive Producer credits include award-winning short films One Fine Day, High Tide and Dark Whispers, A Shared Affair and Tango Underpants.
Formerly Chief Executive of two of Australia’s regional funding agencies: Screen NSW and ScreenWest, she has over 25 years’ experience within the film and television industry.
Wayne is an accomplished and successful international executive with 20+ years experience in leadership roles in the media/entertainment, digital & events industries in the private and Govt sectors. He has lived & worked in Australia, Europe, Asia & Middle East; developing strong cultural & commercial expertise across mature & emerging markets.
He has led key divisions of major iconic international media businesses & brands & driven broad brush strategic & policy initiatives for government. His experience includes M&A activity, development of sector clusters & establishment of special economic zones and investment/start up incubation.
Wayne has also served as a non exec board director of media start-ups; event, digital, media education/training & entertainment companies. He has extensive exposure & deep knowledge of media, digital, emerging technologies, convergence, multi-screen environments and the impact on industry & consumers and an understanding of the commercial and strategic drivers across these sectors.
Wayne is Managing Director of Fox Studios Australia. He is currently on the Board of Ausfilm Australia; a Screen Producers Australia Councillor & member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He was previously President Int. & CCO at twofour54 (Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority) having transitioned from his initial role of 5 years as Deputy CEO & COO after successfully developing & mentoring a local Emirati leadership team.
The ADMZ Authority is a strategic initiative of the Government of Abu Dhabi. His unique breadth of responsibilities at the ADMZ included: Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Tropfest Arabia & AD Media Summit.
Previously, Wayne was Executive VP at Universal Pictures Int, based in London. Earlier in his career, he held senior commercial and marketing leadership roles with leading international brands including Warner Bros/Time Warner, The Walt Disney Company and PepsiCo.
Kate is a South Australian producer with a reputation for developing and producing bold film and television work with exciting new creative talent. Kate’s first feature film as producer, the Australian-Iranian collaboration My Tehran for Sale, was shot entirely on location in Tehran in 2008. The film screened at prestigious festivals internationally and earned Kate and her fellow producers the 2009 IF Independent Spirit Award. In 2010 Kate was awarded Screen Australia’s inaugural producer internship at Film4, spending six months embedded in the Film4 development department in London. In that year she also produced The Palace, an international short film collaboration between Australia and Cyprus which won numerous awards including for Best Short Film at the 2012 AACTA Awards. In 2011 Kate produced television series Danger 5 with Dario Russo, an action-adventure comedy TV series for SBS, which broadcast in 2012 and was nominated for Best TV Comedy at the 2013 AACTA Awards.
In May 2012, Kate founded Hedone Productions with Sandy Cameron and last year they produced the time travel comedy feature film The Infinite Man, which launched to audience and critical acclaim at the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival and has just released theatrically in Australia. Kate has just completed production on a second series of Danger 5 for SBS.
Mark has over 20 years experience across the media, entertainment, digital and technology sectors. He began his career with the arrival in Australia of subscription television and for many years acted for channels set up by the likes of Disney, Warners, Roadshow, MGM, Discovery and Universal. He also represented EMI in music publishing for over a decade. He has worked in-house for an Australian broadcaster and in London for a large commercial law firm.
His clients today are involved in all facets of financing, creating and commercialising content from three core areas: content for screen (film and TV), game and music; digital and online; technology including engineers, software providers and digital businesses.
Practice Areas – Advertising; Banking & Finance; Brand strategy & protection; Classification; Competition & Consumer Law; Corporate, including company sale and acquisition; General Commercial; Industrial Relations; Intellectual Property; Privacy & Data Protection; Regulatory; Securities law (PPSA).
Ewan Burnett has worked in the Australian film and television industry for more than 35 years. With Arts Degrees in Philosophy and Cinema Studies, he embarked on a career in drama television for adults and children. His extensive Producer, Executive Producer and Associate Producer credits include the telemovie The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, the series Last Man Standing and Small Time Gangster, the mini-series GLITCH, Kangaroo Palace, Bootleg and The Farm, the children’s series Dead Gorgeous, The Wayne Manifesto, Eugénie Sandler PI, Short Cuts, sn:tv, Sleepover Club, Fergus McPhail, The Henderson Kids II, Round The Twist, Sky Trackers (telemovie), Lift Off, More Winners and the animation series Animalia. He also produced the stage shows Mum's The Word, Mum's The Word 2:Teenagers! and Spontaneous Broadway and created the concepts for the television series Fire and the telemovie Mumbo Jumbo. His productions have won a BAFTA, an EMMY, three AFI Awards, four ATOM Awards, a LOGIE and two AWGIE awards. They have also been nominated for two further BAFTAs, four AFI and five LOGIE Awards.
Before establishing Burberry Productions, Ewan occupied many positions within other companies including Production Supervisor at Crawford Productions, Program Manager at the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and Executive Producer at Artist Services. He has also undertaken a number of board and committee appointments including for Film Victoria and the Screen Producers Association of Australia and for three years was Adjunct Professor of Media in the School of Applied Communications at RMIT University. In the eighties he produced and presented a weekly jazz program on FM station 3RRR.
Barbara Stephen is the Managing Director of Flying Bark Productions, one of Australia’s leading independent animation production companies. Barbara has worked as a producer for over twelve years across sport, lifestyle and reality programs before finding her passion in children’s animation. Her children's producing credits include; the award winning animated series Erky Perky (Series 3), Magical Tales (Series 1) and multi-award nominated short film Hog while at Ambience Entertainment. Barbara line produced the two-time KidScreen and AFI award-winning hit series for ABC 3, The Adventures of Figaro Pho and teamed up with the Jurevicius brothers to work on the AFI and KidScreen award-winning show, Peleda.
At Flying Bark, Barbara has produced The Woodlies (Network 7 and ZDF) nominated at the Stuttgart Festival for Best Animated Series and most recently the award-winning and international box office success; Maya the Bee Movie. She has also produced the flagship new fantasy and adventure series Tashi (ABC & Network 7), nominated for best series at the Stuttgart Animation Festival as well as producing a CGI revival of the much loved Australian classic, Blinky Bill The Movie. Barbara is currently working on a slate of new development projects, including the film adaptation of Jane Lyons' modern classic series, 100% Wolf.
AACTA and Emmy® award winning filmmaker, executive producer and entrepreneur Marcus Gillezeau [Jillezo] is the CEO of Firelight Productions, a Sydney based film and television company specialising in all-media drama, documentary and 3D production.
Marcus has over 20 years experience in the film and TV industry. He began as a film editor before moving into producing and executive producing.
Prior to establishing Essential, CEO Chris Hilton was the managing director and founding partner of Hilton Cordell Productions, which he ran for seven years. During that period Chris executive produced or produced a slate of over 50 hours of programming that totaled over $A 25m. Chris is also an award winning writer/ director who’s programs have won both Walkley and Logie Awards.
His credits include SOLO, Miracle on Everest, The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce, The American Ruling Class, Dying to Leave, Shadow Play, Doping to Win, The Irish Empire, The Colony and Ten Pound Poms, Scorched, Hell Has Harbour Views, Rogue Nation, The Irish Empire, Indonesia: A Reporters Journey, Shadow Play: Indonesia's Years of Living Dangerously, Dealing With the Demon, How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer, The Hobbit Enigma, Robot Revoloution, The Secret World of Sleepwalkers, Selling Sickness: The Global Fight over the Future of Medicine, Whatever! The Science of Teens, DOPE: The Battle for the Soul of Sport, Transplanting Life, Rwanda: The Forgotten Diggers, Dying to Leave, Bitter Harvest, The Original Mermaid, The Shadow of Mary Poppins, The Serpent and the Cross, Music and Murder, The Pulse, Renzo Piano - Piece by Piece, Neil Perry's High Steaks, In The Line of Fire, Policing the Pacific, Heat in the Kitchen, A Case for the Coroner, Art House, Drama School, DIY Law, The Bridge, Dust to Dust, Street Practice, The Choir, Helens War: Portrait of a Dissident, Advertising Missionaries, The Ice Capped Jungle, The Last Husky, The Loneliest Mountain, A Spire.
Tracey Robertson is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Hoodlum, an Emmy® and BAFTA Award winning Entertainment Company. Hoodlum was started by Tracey and her business partner, Nathan Mayfield, who have been working together for 19 years.
As CEO, Tracey oversees Hoodlum Television, connecting with networks and studios to produce content in Australia and around the world.
Tracey currently resides in Los Angeles where she has just completed the production of Secrets andLies, a 10 part series for ABC Network starring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis, based on the Australian 6 part series starring Martin Henderson and written by Stephen M Irwin. Along with this, Hoodlum has sold two other Australian shows into the US: The Strange Calls, with 20th Century Fox and NBC, and Fat Cow Motel, with ABC Studios and ABC Network. She is also in development on a number of US and UK original shows for both Network, Cable and VOD providers.
Robertson is a member of BAFTA LA, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). She was recently recognised as an outstanding alumni and made an Adjunct Professor of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology.
Janelle Landers is President of WBMC, a creative production company with offices in Perth and Sydney, working across feature film, television and cutting edge interactive content.
Janelle produced Ben C. Lucas’ WASTED ON THE YOUNG starring Oliver Ackland, Adelaide Clemens and Alex Russell; co-produced Julius Avery’s SON OF A GUN starring Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites and Alicia Vikander; and is currently completing Ben’s second feature OTHERLIFE staring Jessica De Gouw, TJ Power and Tiriel Mora. With a background in visual arts and First Class Honours degrees in Law and Media Arts Production, Janelle worked as a producer and lawyer prior to joining WBMC.
David Redman is one of the founders of Melbourne based media group Instinct Entertainment. David brings a unique combination of skills and experiences gained from working in the US, UK and Australian telecommunications industries and has over 20 years of practical experience in fund raising and corporate and project management for various media businesses and projects. He has worked with a range of companies including Paramount, Universal, Village Roadshow, Channel Nine, Macquarie Investments, Island Records, Recorded Pictures, Hoyts, Virgin Interactive, and Adlabs.
David Redman studied with and worked for a firm of Chartered Accountants in Melbourne, before becoming involved in the music industry in San Francisco and London, both as a musician and on the business side.
In 1988 he joined the Recorded Releasing Group as Financial Controller of UK distribution and exhibition. Recorded Releasing Group was originally set up by Jeremy Thomas (Producer of The Last Emperor) and Chris Blackwell (Island Records), under the direction of Chris Auty. David worked closely with all the firm’s principal executive officers.
As the company expanded into international sales, David learned the details of this side of the film business. In 1989, David became Head of Finance for the group, before taking over as acting Managing Director in 1990. Since then, he has gained experience in all areas of the film industry.
In early 1992, David left to work as an independent producer and moved into production with the short film Hand of Fate. He then produced the feature film Funny Man. Between 1994 and 1996, David worked as Associate Producer on three co-productions. These were Before The Rain, a UK, French, Macedonian Co-Production which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1994 and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1995, The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, a UK, German Co-Production awarded the Critics’ Prize at the Edinburgh Film Festival, and Sweet Angel Mine, a UK, Canadian Co-Production.
These films, shot in the UK and Macedonia, the UK and Germany and Canada respectively, gave David experience in physical production in a variety of conditions (including war in Yugoslavia) and with very different financing agreements. David helped bring all three films in on budget and on time. In 1996 David returned to Australia and he was one of the founders of Melbourne based media group Instinct Entertainment in 1998.
His feature film producer credits at Instinct include the Paramount distributed Charlie & Boots, Salute and Till Human Voices Wake Us and the highest grossing Australian movie of 2004 Strange Bedfellows which was distributed by Universal in the US. David also line produced the Adlabs distributed Bollywood hit, Singh is Kinng, produced the Village Roadshow distributed Take Away and the Hoyts/Nine distributed You and Your Stupid Mate. He has also produced television for Channel Nine.
David is currently exploring new digital distribution models with the animated mockumentary, Little Johnny the Movie, producing a Stage Musical based on Strange Bedfellows and consulting on ways of combining his experiences in traditional and new media marketing techniques to increase brand value and improving the value chain of companies through a range of media including film, television, games and apps and other online experiences.
Joanna Werner is an Emmy Nominated, AFI and Logie award winning television producer specialising in live action drama series. Joanna established Werner Film Productions in 2008 which went on to be named the 2012 Australian Children’s Television Producer of the Year at the SPAA Independent Producer Awards. The company’s first production, the acclaimed teen drama series Dance Academy, first screened in June 2010 in Australia and was a ratings hit on ABC3, on air and online. In 2011 the series was recognised with a nomination at the 39th International Emmy Awards in the category of Children’s and Youth. Joanna is the Executive Producer, Producer and Co-Creator of the series.
Dance Academy is currently screening in over 130 countries around the world including ZDF in Germany, Teen Nick in the US and Nickelodeon in the UK. Series one and two of Dance Academy both took out Logies for Most Outstanding Children’s Program, Gold Plaques at the Chicago Film Festival’s Hugo Television Awards, Bronze World Medals at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, Kidscreen Awards for Best Companion Website and Australian Directors Guild Awards. Dance Academy has also won an ATOM Award, the AWGIE award for Best Children’s Television Screenplay and was Highly Commended at the 2012 Asian Television Awards.
The third series of Dance Academy is currently airing on ABC3 and takes the total number of episodes to 65.
In 2007-08 Joanna produced The Elephant Princess for Jonathan M Shiff Productions which won the AFI Award for Best Children’s Television Series. This followed H2O – Just Add Water Series 2 which Joanna produced on the Gold Coast also for Jonathan M Shiff Productions. The series won the 2009 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children’s Series and also twice won the Australian Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award for Most Popular series.
Prior to this Joanna produced the 50 minute feature film The Heartbreak Tour for SBS and the AFC funded short film Heartworm. Other production credits include the first series of H2O – Just Add Water which Joanna associate produced, along with Wicked Science Series 1 & 2 and Scooter: Secret Agent.
Joanna is currently developing a number of projects for children, teen and adult audiences.
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Matthew Deaner is our Chief Executive Officer. Matthew sits across all aspects of Screen Producers Australia's advocacy work, industrial negotiations, events and operational issues. He also works closely with our Council to set the strategic direction of the organisation as well as identify and execute new business development opportunities.
James is Manager, Policy & Government Relations, he oversees Screen Producers Australia's advocacy work. James identifies and frames our policy objectives and the ways in which they are pursued with government and industry.
Owen Johnston is our Manager, Industrial and Commercial Affairs. Owen manages negotiations for collective bargaining agreements on behalf of Screen Producers Australia with unions and guilds, terms of trade agreements with broadcasters, and provides industrial and commercial advice to members.
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.
Brad Taylor is our Membership and Licensing Coordinator and is responsible for managing membership and stakeholder relations. Brad is the primary contact for enquires regarding membership and levies.
Carlin Beattie is our Sponsorship and Communications Coordinator. Carlin oversees Screen Producers Australia's print, online and digital communications, social media and website, working with Naomi Wenck to manage sponsorship entitlements and support our professional development, advertising and partnership programs, and Screen Producers Australia's annual SCREEN FOREVER conference.
Francine is our Executive Assistant and currently oversees the day-to-day aspects of the Screen Producers Australia's head office as well as providing support to our CEO, Matthew Deaner.
Diana is our Operations Accountant. Diana looks after the money and contributes to the financial planning aspects of Screen Producers Australia.
Noel is our Finance Manager and provides strategic planning, operations and financial management advice to Screen Producers Australia and our governing Council.
Simonne is our International Consultant. Based in Los Angeles, Simonne manages our international participants for Screen Producers Australia’s annual SCREEN FOREVER conference.