Events » Business Essentials - Northern Territory

Setting Up and Building a Screen Business

Screen Producers Australia in partnership with Screen Territory is presenting the national Business Essentials full day workshop in Darwin on Tuesday 5 September and Alice Springs on Thursday 7 September. Business Essentials is presented in association with AFTRS and covers the commercial framework in which producers must operate. The course is designed to provide you with the essential information to start, develop and grow a film and television business.

The workshop includes the following modules:

Legal Business Essentials 

  • Copyright and Purchasing rights for program exploitation
  • Chain of Title
  • Fair Use
  • Rights covered by industry agreements
  • Music rights
  • Production contracts, financing contracts
  • Distribution and licensing agreements
  • Location agreements and product clearances

Accounting Business Essentials 

  • Legal structure of business
  • Legal structure of production
  • Tax structures
  • Tax Incentives and Concessions
  • Business Planning

Project Financial Management Business Essentials 

  • Budget management
  • Cost Reports
  • Completion bonds
  • Production Investment Agreements
  • Tax Offset borrowing
  • Payroll tax
  • Cashflow
  • Fringes
  • Accounting systems

Employment Rights & Responsibilities

  • Employment Law
  • SPA's Industrial Agreements
  • Cast & Crew Contracts
  • Workplace Health & Safety


  • Film Package Insurance
  • Error and Omissions
  • Essential Elements
  • Extra Expenses
  • Public Liability

Darwin Workshop

DATE: Tuesday 5 September, 2017

TIME: 8.30am to 5.00pm
VENUE: Level 1, 9 Cavenagh St, Darwin
INCLUDES: Morning & Afternoon Tea

Alice Springs Workshop

DATE: Thursday 7 September, 2017

TIME: 8.30am to 5.00pm
VENUE: The Old Courthouse, Hartley St, Alice Springs
INCLUDES: Morning & Afternoon Tea

Workshop places are limited.

Please apply via email to Peita Campbell or by calling 08 8999 6302.

Presented by Screen Producers Australia and the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

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For lawyers attending the Business Essentials Workshop:
Seminars and other CPD activities are not accredited by The Law Society of New South Wales. Under the CPD Rules, if SPA’s Business Essentials Workshop is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one “unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.


Owen Johnston has worked for Screen Producers Australia for over a decade in both policy and industrial relations. Owen has produced feature films, documentaries, television drama, and commercials and is a former Director of Film Development and Marketing at the Australian Film Commission.

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 Manager and is responsible for managing membership and stakeholder relations. Brad is the primary contact for enquires regarding membership and levies.