Batty’s career spans 34 years of writing, producing, directing and shooting documentary throughout most parts of Australia. David’s love for the bush and knowledge of remote Australia has provided fascinating characters and a rich palette to ply his storytelling skills. His films display empathy and rapport derived from deep trust and local knowledge. With seven TV series, five one hours and over two hundred short form docs, David’s films entertain, and give insight into rarefied worlds. Based in Alice Springs for 13 years, then Broome for 12, he lives between his studio in Melbourne and his property on the South Coast of NSW. Batty has a long history of making programs with and for Aboriginal people, beginning in Alice Springs in 1982, where he established the television production unit at the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA). Batty’s is known for his hit television series Bush Mechanics which has now reached cult status. Recent projects include directing Coniston, the story of a massacre in Central Australia and the web series Black AS, which tracks four young men and their adventures across Arnhem Land. David has delivered more than 27 hours of factual content as director, writer, DOP to ABC and SBS.
Simon is publisher of Australia’s leading online screen content e-bulletin ScreenPro (www.screenpro.tv).
He is the founder of the Australian Online Video Awards, launched in 2014. That same year, Simon achieved YouTube Certification to deliver training on Audience Development.
He is a Board Member of Open Channel and has worked for the AFTRS Centre for Screen Business, focusing on emerging business models for online screen content. In addition to these roles, Simon has consulted to or written papers for the South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, and The Australian Film TV and Radio School.
Organisations that Simon has conducted workshops for include SPA, The Media Resource Centre, Open Channel, RMIT, Monash University, UCLA, AFTRS and the St Kilda Film Festival. Topics presented include crowd funding and online distribution.
Simon consults on film projects and is currently working with a range of content creators to develop strategies for online delivery of their work.
In a previous life, he worked as a radio producer and presenter for the ABC, writer for The Age and a music co-ordinator for feature films.
Melbourne established award-winning Producer Jason Byrne stands tall in the prime producers’ arena nationally and internationally. Byrne’s range of experience has embodied puppetry, animation, hi-end television commercials, experiential media, award winning short films, documentaries and feature films.
In 2014, Byrne completed the humorous web series called How to Talk Australians (dir. Tony Rogers), which to date, has attracted well over 3 million YouTube viewers. With outstanding success the web series is being developed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to become a television series.
Mike has been a Development Manager with Screen Australia and a Project Manager with the Australian Film Commission since 2005, with responsibilities across animation, digital media, feature film, television series and documentary. Prior to this, Mike worked with the animation studio Monkeystack, where he produced 2D/3D animation and VFX for television commercials and shorts, and mobile phone content, documentary, websites and games. As Manager of Industry Development at the South Australian Film Corporation, Mike was responsible for programs and initiatives designed to strengthen South Australia’s film, television and digital media industries. Prior to emigrating from the UK in early 2003, Mike was coordinator of the short film initiatives and related training at the UK Film Council. Mike took this position after working for a number of years in independent feature film and television production in the UK.
JO has worked in Development & Production, overseeing investment in Australian and co-produced fiction and factual screen stories for all platforms, and the development of projects and creative talent. She has developed screen stories in Australia and the UK for more than ten years, most recently as a Development Executive for Screen Australia. In the UK, Jo was Head of Development at Emmy-winning production company Yipp Films, responsible for developing factual narratives for network television and establishing the company’s first drama slate. She worked in development for independent feature film producers including Ipso Facto Productions and Vita Nova Films, as a script and story consultant working on feature films, shorts and documentaries, and as an assessor for a number of UK investors and screen agencies.
Richard is Creative Director of LiveLab, the commercial production arm of Griffith Film School. Originally from the UK, he is a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-winning producer and before joining Griffith he spent 25 years working in broadcast television, across most genres: news, current affairs, documentary, comedy, entertainment and discussion. In Australia he worked mostly for Andrew Denton's production company, Zapruder's other films. He has produced programs for the BBC, Channel 4, RTE, the ABC, SBS, the Comedy Channel, Channel Seven and Channel Ten.
Rebecca is Head of TV Strategy and Digital Products at the ABC and has broad media experience across commercial, strategy and content roles. Rebecca is responsible for the strategic direction of ABC Television in addition to managing iview and the ABC’s suite of children’s digital products.
Paul is Editor, Green Guide and The Guide, covering TV, film and the arts.
Rosie is a cross-platform actor/producer. Multiplatform series STARTING FROM NOW has reached over 30 million views online and sold to broadcast television station SBS2 in early 2016. Rosie received development funding through Screen Australia’s Gender Matters initiative to develop long-form TV series TORN as well as funding from Screen NSW to develop VR series BREACH. Her first project, multi-award-winning feature SKIN DEEP, received an Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Feature at the Austin Film Festival and had a limited cinema release in early 2016. In 2015, Rosie was a Screen NSW Emerging Producer as well as a Screen Producers Association Australia Ones to Watch.
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Kirsty Stark co-founded Epic Films in 2010 and began producing in 2011 with Wastelander Panda. Prior to this, she worked in camera department with some of Australia’s most prominent directors and DPs, giving her a unique background working on set. Kirsty has since produced the series Wastelander Panda: Exile for ABC iview (director Victoria Cocks), along with her first feature film, Madman Production Company’s A Month of Sundays (director Matthew Saville). She is currently developing several projects across film and television. Kirsty has an intuitive sense of story, but her major strength lies in thinking outside standard production methodologies, a skill which led to the innovative online process that brought Wastelander Panda’s two series to life and saw her awarded the Emerging Producer Award at the 2013 SA Screen Awards.
Daniel Stephenson works for YouTube as Content Partnerships Manager, working with the largest content creators in Australia & New Zealand. His role is to help these creators build their brand and achieve success on the platform.
Elise Strachan has become a household name in the world of sweets, attracting the attention and hearts of millions with her Social Media and YouTube channel My Cupcake Addiction. Australian born, with an impressive background as a trained pastry chef, Elise’s engaging personality has her living the motto that “Life is Sweet.” This animated mother of two shares her passion for everything from how to bake it, craft it and style it up to create the ultimate festive occasion, with time, kid-friendly & money saving tips along the way. An avid traveler, Elise also shares her adventures of discovering the world’s most delectable desserts and showing her fans the must-go places to get them. Elise shares her most sensational and delicious dessert recipes and innovative entertaining tips in her new cookbook Sweet! Celebrations in stores now and her new television show, "Sweet Smarts" aired this fall on Food Network.
As co-founder of Distracted Media, Enzo Tedeschi created internet smash hit movie THE TUNNEL together with Julian Harvey, Australia's first crowd-funded feature film which was released for free online to an audience of over 13 million. The project earned the producing duo a SPAA Award for "Breakthrough Independent Producers of The Year" in 2011. Enzo's body of producing work includes the award-winning epic online series EVENT ZERO, and feature documentaries The Crossing, Food Matters, and Hungry For Change.
Enzo's new production and distribution company Deadhouse Films will be releasing his latest creation, science fiction online series AIRLOCK, in July 2015.
Ros Walker has recently joined FTI as Director, Screen Production. Her producing and line-producing credits include the feature films Peaches and Big Momma’s Boy, children’s comedy series You’re Skitting Me II and documentaries Not Quite Hollywood and Jabbed- Love, Fear and Vaccines.
Ros was Manager of Film Victoria from 1998 to 2004 and established the producing stream at the VCA School of Film and Television. She was Victorian Chapter Head for SPA and a member of the Victorian Working Party for eight years, working with the guilds and government on industry policy.