Young producers intern with world's best

Screen Australia has announced six rising Australian producers and one director will take internships with established  production companies from around the world.

The placements are through Screen Australia’s Talent Escalator program aims to develop the producer’s development opportunities to enhance their skills.

Screen Australia’s head of development said “These internships are an important part of Screen Australia’s professional development support of filmmakers. Each of these ambitious placements will expose Australian producers or directors to the international production landscape, helping to broaden outlook, hone specific skills and advance marketplace awareness, which will directly benefit the Australian industry more broadly.”

Melissa Kelly, producer of WA feature film Blame will be working at Magnolia Pictures in New York for four months. Working closely with the Head of International Sales Kelly will receive insight into the international marketplace.

Benjamin Gilovitz, producer of award winning short film Deeper Than Yesterday will spend six months with Roman Coppola, producer/director at the Director’s Bureau – a film, commercial and music video production company. Directors include Roman and Sofia Coppola, Aaron Rose and Shynola.

Jane Campion will take on up and coming director Leonie Savvide for eight months during the production of Campion’s mini-series Top of the Lake.

Adam Bishop will travel to London to be placed in the development department of Film4 (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Four Lions) attached to Sam Lavender, Head of Development.

Producer Zyra McAuliffe has been placed with William Horberg (Death at a Funeral, The Kite Runner, The Talented Mr Ripley and Cold Mountain) in Los Angeles to enhance her script development skills and gain insight into the financial aspects of the film industry.

Producer Sheila Jayadev will spend six months in the development department at Ridley and Tony Scott’s London-based Scott Free Productions (Robin Hood, A-Team, Unstoppable), working closely with Head of Development, Jack Arbuthnott.

London-based producer Andy Paterson will take on Michelle Sahayan to receive training as a Development Executive. Paterson was producer on Burning Man, Incendiary, Girl with a Pearl Earring and Hilary and Jackie.


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