Graeme Mason new boss of Screen Australia

graeme mason screen australiaScreen Australia has again looked to New Zealand for its next new boss.

Ruth Harley, who did not have her contract renewed, will depart the role in November.

She will be replaced by Graeme Mason who has been CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission since he succeeded Harley in 2009.

The move marks a return home to Australia for Mason who has also been president of worldwide acquisitions for Universal Studios and head of media projects at Channel 4 in the UK.

In today’s announcement, federal arts minister Tony Burke said: “This appointment will help strengthen Screen Australia’s important role in the rapidly diversifying screen environment.”

Screen Australia is the government funding body for the country’s TV and film industry.

Screen Australia Chair Glen Boreham said: “The Board was extremely impressed by Graeme’s extensive commercial experience and his unique perspective on the need for a screen agency to create a bridge between industry and government, and a balance between culture and commerce.”

Mason said in the announcement: ““After so many years away I am delighted to be coming home to Australia to take on such an exciting role.”


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