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Screen Australia extends CEO Graeme Mason’s contract for five years

Chief executive officer of Screen Australia, Graeme Mason, has had his contract extended for a further five years, the agency has announced.

Mason was appointed in 2013, replacing Ruth Harley who, like Mason, had been CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission before taking the Screen Australia role.

Prior to his New Zealand move, Mason had been president of worldwide acquisitions for Universal Studios and head of media projects at Channel 4 in the UK.

While in Britain, Mason also worked in distribution for companies such as Manifesto and Polygram Filmed Entertainment.

Screen Australia is the federal government agency responsible for supporting the Australian screen industry through development, production and promotion across television, film, documentary and digital originals.

The agency also administers Australia’s official Co-production program, the Producer Offset tax along with resources and initiatives to support the sector.

Last year, the domestic film and TV production industry saw a 37% slump in spending as foreign productions dried up, however the post-production, digital and visual effects sector were a bright spot in Screen Australia’s 2017-18 Drama Report.

Mason’s new term as CEO of Screen Australia will expire 10 November 2023.

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