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Global social networking app for the entertainment industry launches in Australia

A free social networking app for creatives in the film, TV and radio industries has launched in Australia.

The app has launched in the wake of a damning report on the entertainment industry in Australia, which detailed how drug and alcohol abuse along with suicide attempts are far higher in the entertainment industry than in the general population.

 

The report listed money-related stress, being overworked for little pay and having trouble finding work as key factors causing these issues – troubles The Green Room app aims to solve.

 

The Green Room is intended to help connect users to the international filmmaking and broadcasting communities with the aid of profiles in which the user can list their biography, availability, awards, experience and showreels.

Users can create projects for short films, documentaries, adverts and corporate videos; helping to connect those who want to make projects with industry experts in the fields required.

The Green Room was founded by filmmakers Kosta Nikas and Peter Lord after they realised there wasn’t a digital solution to allow networking within the global creative community.

After launching six weeks ago, the app has been downloaded by 3,000 industry professionals in 50 countries around the world, according to Nikas.

 

Kosta Nikas and Peter Lord

Speaking to Mumbrella, Nikas said: “All the psychological problems facing creatives are byproducts of structural problems. Most people within the creative industry will get into projects because they love what they do, and they’re happy to work for free. What we’re addressing is that one little crucial thing of networking, and being able to get access to paid jobs and projects much more efficiently.”

“We’ve got a social responsibility to our users of the app, and if there are decent and resourceful tools available that can help people, let’s chip in,” he added.

Adam Scott, MD, Spectrum Films said of the app: “A great networking tool for our indie filmmakers. The more resources and support we provide them, the more we stimulate growth and employment in our sector.’’

The Green Room is available on Android here and for Apple users here

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