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Introducing the SCREEN FOREVER 2016 Advisory Board

We are delighted to announce the 12 new members of the 2016 SCREEN FOREVER Advisory Board, ahead of the 2016 SCREEN FOREVER conference, one of the largest annual congregations of screen industry professionals in the Southern Hemisphere, taking place in Melbourne, 15-17 November.

Coming together from across the Australian film and television industry, the members of the SCREEN FOREVER Advisory Board play a critical role in helping Screen Producers Australia address the challenges, trends and success stories most relevant to the screen industry today. In the lead up to the SCREEN FOREVER conference, the Advisory Board works closely with Screen Producers Australia to create a diverse, engaging program of inspirational and information-packed sessions, networking events, keynote addresses, masterclasses, panel discussions, workshops, roundtables, pitching opportunities and the International Partnership Market.

The 2016 SCREEN FOREVER Advisory Board:

Screen Producers Australia’s CEO Matthew Deaner said: “Screen Producers Australia’s CEO Matthew Deaner said: “We are very excited to be working with such a highly respected group of executives from across the content industry and chaired by Russel Howcroft.  I thank them all for their ideas, their drive and their passion for SCREEN FOREVER and the work that it achieves in uniting and advancing our sector."

2016 SCREEN FOREVER Advisory Board Chair Russel Howcroft is Exec GM of Network Ten, the Chairman of the newly formed Commercial TV industry body Think TV, and a board member of Freeview, the ASX listed Enero and The Wheeler Centre. Russel authored the top selling When It's right to be Wrong, appears regularly in the Australian media and is a long-term member of the Logie Award-winning TV show Gruen (ABC).

Nick Batzias, Company founder Nick Batzias brings fourteen years of acquisition, distribution and production experience to his role as series Producer. At Madman Entertainment he worked on the release of hundreds of feature and documentary films across various rights exploitation. Now Head of Madman Production Company, Nick oversees a development and production slate of feature narrative and documentary films as well as scripted and non-scripted television. Nick produced the 2011 feature Save Your Legs!, 2014 multi-platform series Wastelander Panda, Australia’s highest grossing documentary of all time, That Sugar Film (2015) and most recently the Matthew Saville dark comedy A Month of Sundays and NZ co-production Spookers.

Jon Casimir is Head of Entertainment at ABC TV. Before joining the ABC, he worked at CJZ and Zapruder's other films, where he was co-creator and EP of the Gruen stable, producer on Enough Rope With Andrew Denton and den mother on Hungry Beast, among other joyful pursuits. At ZOF, he co-wrote and produced the feature-length documentary, God On My Side. He also spent 17 years at the Sydney Morning Herald as an editor, critic, columnist, feature writer and pioneer of the news site. He has written four books and edited six others. He even dabbled in radio, with a short stint as an ABC Sydney presenter. His middle age and disproportionate calves have saved him from skinny jeans, for which he will be forever grateful.

Kate Croser is the co-founder of Hedone Productions and an award-winning South Australian producer whose film credits include The Infinite Man, Australian-Iranian collaboration My Tehran for Sale and The Palace, as well as television credits Danger 5 (SBS).

Ross Crowley is Director of Movies and Content for Foxtel. With Foxtel from launch, Ross has (in various incarnations) overseen programming strategy and acquisitions from the first Foxtel channels in 1995 through to the current expansion in the on-demand space. He started his career at the Nine Network in finance, ratings and programming and later spent four years with Star TV running movie, entertainment and music channels. Ross is passionate about original content, the new age of Australian drama and how new technology will affect storytelling.

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.

Stephen Luby of Ruby Entertainment is an award-winning producer of film and television in Australia, with over 25 year’s experience. He worked on high-profile sketch comedy series such as Full Frontal. Jimeoin and Big Girl’s Blouse, before developing the original series of Kath and Kim in 2001.. Then followed a number of successful feature film projects such as Bad Eggs, The Craic and Crackerjack. The latter two were #1 Box Office Australian films in their year of release. Stephen has won the Variety “Top 10 Producers to Watch” award, and has been recipient of the Screen Producer’s Association of Australia “Production of the Year” award on 3 occasions, most recently in 2015 for The Secret River, which also won the Logie Award for ‘Most Outstanding Mini-Series or Telemovie’.

Robi Stanton is General Manager for Turner’s operations in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Territories, overseeing all commercial streams for the business. The current portfolio of kids and entertainment brands under her remit is Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Toonami, truTV, Adult Swim, TCM Turner Classic Movies. She also spearheads the syndication business for Turner content, including original content from US-based networks TNT, truTV and TBS.

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 television and feature films. Her producing credits include the award-winning Peleda, animated series Erky Perky, Magical Tales, The Adventures of Figaro Pho (ABC 3), The Woodlies (Network 7, ZDF, short film Hog and 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), as well as producing a CGI revival of the much loved Australian classic, Blinky Bil and short film Hog, l: The Movie.

Adrian Swift is the Nine Network's Head of Content, Production and Development working across the Nine Network of traditional broadcast and digital. His role involves working with internal teams and external production partners to commission and develop shows that embody Nine's brand and attract broad, mainstream audiences. He works across on-air, digital and social media to ensure Nine program brands reach the biggest possible audience wherever they are. This is Adrian's fourth stint at the Nine Network. He started as a Newspaper journalist on the Sydney Morning Herald, before joining SBS as a news and current affairs reporter. He first came to Nine as a reporter and producer at Wide World of Sports working on Grand Prix, Commonwealth Games and other major events. A brief stint back at SBS as Executive Producer of Sport saw him secure the rights for the Tour de France but the call of Nine was too strong and he returned as the founding producer of the travel series Getaway. It was there that he launched Australia's first commercial television website in 1994. Adrian then spent 12 years in the UK working for Endemol and Mirror Group Newspapers in a variety of executive roles before starting his own production company. He created the UK's first branded TV channel Thomas Cook TV, its first city channel London TV and conceived and ran Britain's most popular mobile TV program as well as making television for The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. He has sat on several boards of both television production and digital businesses.

Jenni Tosi is the CEO of Film Victoria, the Victorian Government’s screen agency based in Melbourne. With over 35 years of industry experience, Jenni has a deep and practical knowledge of the Australian screen industry along with an extensive network of producers, directors, writers, actors, broadcasters, distributors and financiers.

Kevin Whyte is Managing Director of Guesswork Television and Token Group. Kevin is a talent manager who has also acted as EP on programs such as Woodley, Please Like Me, The Weekly, Whose Line Is It Australia, The Katering Show and the upcoming series Rosehaven starring Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola. 

For over 30 years, SCREEN FOREVER has championed the talent, passion and achievements of the Australian screen industry, providing a vital forum for discussion and debate. Uniting the pillars of entertainment, media and technology, SCREEN FOREVER is attended by The Who’s Who in Australian screen business, bringing together the screen production sector with the world’s leading practitioners involved in all aspects of producing, creating, distributing and financing screen content, to share ideas and develop meaningful business networks.

15-17 November 2016, Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne Australia
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