South Australian Film Corporation appoints Courtney Gibson as CEO

Former CEO of Screen NSW and managing director of Jungle Entertainment, Courtney Gibson, is set to replace Annabelle Sheehan as chief executive officer of the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC).

Gibson has worked at in screen (Nine, ABC and SBS), film (Screen NSW) and production (Jungle and Southern Star Entertainment), and commissioned programs including Spicks & Specks, At the Movies with Margaret & David, We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High, Q&A and The Chaser’s War on Everything. During her time at Nine between 2012 and 2015, she also managed the production of Married at First Sight, Australia’s Got Talent and The Great Australian Bake Off.

Gibson was most recently managing director of Jungle Entertainment

Her tenure as CEO at Screen NSW between November 2015 and January 2017 saw her bring international productions including Peter Rabbit, Jackie Chan’s Bleeding Steel and Ridley Scott’s Alien Covenant to the state.

Gibson also serves on the board of Australians in Film, a foundation which promotes Australian screen talent and culture in the United States and operates the Heath Ledger Scholarship.

Chair of the SAFC board John Hill said the organisation is proud to have attracted someone of Gibson’s calibre to the role.

“She has a proven track record in delivering industry growth, securing local and international production and launching agenda-setting initiatives, all of which result in jobs and economic impact,” he said.

Gibson said the state had a lot to offer the production sector.

“With the state’s unique new 10% PDV [post, digital and visual effects] rebate, and SAFC’s recent move to a 100% grant production funding model, there’s never been a better state or time to produce content than in South Australia, right now. We can build an even stronger production base here – SA continues to be the lead state backing innovation and creativity – and I look forward to working with the local industry as well as producers and partners from the rest of Australia and the word.”


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