Producers Sherman and Woss to speak at SPAA event

Two of Australia’s most successful producers have been revealed as speakers at next month’s SPAA Conference in Sydney.

Emile Sherman, Oscar winning producer of The King’s Speech,  and Nelson Woss, producer of current local box office hit Red Dog will both speak at the Screen Producers Association of Australia event which takes place from November 13 to 16.

Sherman and Woss will take place in an “on the couch” session at the conference.  

As well as The King’s Speech, Sherman’s credits have included Disgrace, Candy and Rabbit Proof Fence. He co-founded See-Saw Films in 2008 which in turn created film finance company Fulcrum Media Finance. A Sherman is also a director of Australasian distribution company Transmission Films.

Red Dog has now moved into the top ten local films at the Australian box office. Woss was also behind the film Ned Kelly.

More details are available on the conference website.

GOOD, HARD LOOK AT TWO AUSSIE SUCCESS STORIES

Oscar winning producer of The King’s Speech, Emile Sherman and Nelson Woss, the producer of Australian box office hit Red Dog, have been confirmed to speak at a special ‘on the couch’ session at the annual SPAA Conference, Wednesday 16 November at 9:00am at the Hilton in Sydney.
Ask any producer in the world what they aspire to and many will say winning an Oscar for best picture or creating a genuine box office hit in their own market. Two Australian producers achieved just that in 2011. Emile Sherman was one of the producers on The King’s Speech, an unofficial co-production between Australia and the UK, which won the Academy Award® for Best Picture. Nelson Woss was one of the producers on Red Dog, which became one of the top ten local films at the Australian box-office two months after its launch.
This wide-ranging discussion will cover information on deals done, risks taken and the highlights had. It will include revelations on what success has taught them and how it has changed their lives. Screen International’s Sandy George will moderate the session.
Emile Sherman has established himself as one of Australia’s leading film producers with award-winning films to his credit including Disgrace, Oyster Framer, $9.99, Candy and Rabbit Proof Fence. In 2008 Sherman founded See-Saw Films with UK producer Iain Canning and has since gone on to produce the Academy Award® winning film The King’s Speech, Australian-UK co-production Oranges and Sunshine, Australian box office hit comedy The Kings of Mykonos and one of the most anticipated films of the year, Shame. Soon after its inception See-Saw founded finance company Fulcrum Media Finance, the leading provider of cash flow loans for the Australian Producer Offset and the New Zealand Screen Production Incentive Fund (SPIF). Sherman is also a director of leading Australasian distribution company Transmission Films, which has a joint venture with Paramount Pictures.
Nelson Woss is producer of Red Dog, the highest grossing Australian film of 2011. He has forged a reputation as one of the country’s most innovative and entrepreneurial filmmakers. Woss single-handedly drove production of Red Dog from optioning underlying rights through to assembling a cast and crew that included director Kriv Stenders, cinematographer Geoffrey Hall, editor Jill Bilcock and actors Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Noah Taylor; to a national marketing tour that resulted in a word-of-mouth hit that’s now amongst the top 20 most successful Australian films of all time. Woss’ other film credits include Ned Kelly, Venus & Mars and Rockin’Good Times. He has worked extensively in Hollywood for companies such as Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, MTV and Working Title Films and is president of Woss Group Films in Australia and Endymion Films in the USA.
SPAA Conference, 13 – 16 November 2011, The Hilton, Sydney www.spaa.org.au/conference

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