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HEAD OF BUSINESS AND AUDIENCE
INTERNATIONAL MARKETS MANAGER
FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL
Sydney Film Production Company Pty Ltd T/As Sydney Films
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CEO & SENIOR LEGAL COUNSEL
Export Incentives Pty Ltd
Head Of Business And Audience, Screen Australia
Richard Harris manages Screen Australia’s Business and Audience department, which has a remit to support the development of the local industry. Richard was previously CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), Executive Director of the Australian Directors Guild, held policy positions at the Screen Producers Association of Australia and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
Harry Avramidis is the International Markets Manager at Screen Australia. Prior to joining Screen Australia in 2013, he held senior positions at Sydney Film Festival; Arclight Films International; Twentieth Century Fox; Becker Films International; Beyond Films International; as well working as a Post Production Supervisor for award-winning independent producers.
Karen Eck is a specialist in publicising and promoting leaders and their brands in the entertainment, media and business world.
With 25 years of international media and publicity experience, she has worked with some of the biggest entertainment names in television including Oprah Winfrey.
Harpo Productions hired eckfactor to represent its media relations for Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure. Acclaimed worldwide as a magnificent tourism success story, Oprah’s visit to Australia required the management of multiple media and television events against the backdrop of iconic Australian locations from Sydney’s Opera House to Uluru.
Karen founded eckfactor in the United States in 1999, managing publicity campaigns for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Columbia Tri-Star International and USA Networks.
She then became the event media director for Eco-Challenge, the global expedition race series created by Mark Burnett, executive producer of Survivor, the worldwide reality TV phenomenon. Karen managed international media teams for Eco-Challenge races in Argentina, Borneo, Morocco and New Zealand.
eckfactor relocated to Sydney in 2001 and is now a premier publicity agency in Australia and New Zealand.
eckfactor’s long list of impressive clients over the years include Harpo Productions, Discovery Networks, Viacom (Nickelodeon and MTV), Turner Broadcasting (Cartoon Network and CNN), Sony Pictures Television, News Limited, Nova Entertainment, ABC TV, SBS, The Australian Museum and GARMIN.
Karen is the co-founder of specialist talent agency, Plus One Talent, which represents stars in television, radio and new media.
Janelle Landers credits include Son of a Gun starring Ewan McGregor and Wasted on the Young, the first feature film from award winning writer/director Ben C. Lucas which received an Honourable Mention from the jury at the Sydney Film Festival and was acquired by Paramount Pictures. With a background in visual arts and first class honours degrees in Law and Media Arts Production, Janelle worked as a lawyer and producer in Sydney before joining WBMC in 2006 to produce a range of documentary and drama projects for film, TV and new media. As Director of Production and Development at WBMC, Janelle oversees the development and production strategies for all screen content that the company produces.
Mark Lazarus is head of creative and acquisitions in Australia for LA-based Arclight Films.
He has more than 25 years of experience in the film industry and most recently was a drama investment manager at Screen Australia (SA) where he worked on films including: Patrick Hughes’ RED HILL, Kimble Rendall’s BAIT 3D, recent Sundance phenomenon THE BABADOOK, the upcoming Simon Pegg-starrer, KILL ME THREE TIMES, the Spierig Brothers’ PREDESTINATION starring Ethan Hawke and Julius Avery’s SON OF A GUN starring Ewan McGregor, among many others.
Mark also supervised SA’s involvement on a number of high-profile television drama series including Shine and the Seven Network’s INXS miniseries, Never Tear Us Apart as well as the upcoming flagship miniseries, Gallipoli from the Nine Network and Endemol Australia. He was a key player in the financing of children’s television series for the organization, too. PJ Hogan, Jerry Zucker and Stephan Elliott are just some of the talented filmmakers he has worked with during his tenure at SA.
As an award-winning producer, Lazarus’ credits include THE LOVED ONES, winner of the Cadillac People’s Choice Award for TIFF’s Midnight Madness sidebar in 2009, RESTRAINT, starring Travis Fimmell, Teresa Palmer and Stephen Moir, and AUSTRALIAN RULES, an official selection at Sundance and winner of an International Humanitas Certificate.
Prior to joining SA, Lazarus held executive positions including project manager in the film development branch of the Australian Film Commission, executive producer of Filmgraphics Entertainment and he was also head of development and acquisitions at Ocean Pictures where he acquired Phillip Noyce’s RABBIT-PROOF FENCE. His first executive appointment was in creative affairs at Fox Icon Productions, 20th Century Fox and Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions joint venture.
President, Screen Producers Australia
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.
Carmel Travers - Executive Producer, Director/Business Development, Essential Media and Entertanment.
Carmel has been writing, producing and directing television shows for more than three decades. She’s also founded and run production companies including Beyond International, Energee Entertainment and Purple Pictures.
Film and television productions created and produced by Carmel include Beyond 2000, Climate In Crisis, Wicked, Crocadoo, Gloria’s House and the feature film, The Magic Pudding. Awarded works include the documentary films Red Flag Over Tibet, Refugee Like Me and Truth, Lies and Intelligence, all written, produced and directed by Carmel.
A former General Manager at Network Ten, Carmel’s been a Director of a number of private and public corporations and has held several Government Board positions.
Warren Cross, a practising lawyer since 1979, has been CEO and Senior Legal Counsel of Export Incentives Pty Ltd since its inception in 1983. He has been a partner and divisional leader in national law firm Gadens, as well as running his own successful legal practice, specialising in intellectual property and international trade.
He has served on the Board of the Export Council of Australia and been a legal advisor to the Australian Commonwealth Government. Warren has pioneered the use of the Export Grant Scheme in many areas, particularly intellectual property and services. He has personally conducted numerous test cases in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to establish new areas of eligibility.
Successful test cases have led to new guidelines being published for the fashion, arts, music and film industries. Significant new areas of qualifying expenditure have become available as a result of those test cases.