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About the Greg Coote Scholarship

The Greg Coote Scholarship – established by Screen Queensland and Australians in Film – honours the work of one of Australia’s most prolific industry figures and continues his extraordinary legacy of opening doors for Australian talent in the global screen industry.

The Scholarship – launched by actor Hugh Jackman in late 2014 – is awarded to a writer, producer, director or creative executive with a successful record in creating drama for the screen, a passion for creating television drama, and a desire to learn from the best in the business.

The Scholarship recipient is afforded the unique opportunity to spend a minimum of 6-8 weeks in an established television series writers’ room. Worth approximately $30,000 (AUD), the Scholarship will fund the costs of the placement, including travel and visas, and provide a small weekly wage to the recipient.

The Gold Coast’s Darren Paul Fisher awarded 2018 Greg Coote Scholarship


Queensland-based screenwriter, director and producer Darren Paul Fisher has been named as the 2018 recipient of the annual Greg Coote Scholarship.

Darren Fisher has won multiple awards and previous success for his feature film work including Inbetweeners, Popcorn and Frequencies.  Mr Fisher has several feature film and television projects in development and was a writer on the Australia-China coproduction At Last, currently in post-production and supported by the Queensland Government.

Supported by Screen Queensland, Australians In Film, the Queensland Writers Centre and Entertainment One (eOne), the 2018 scholarship will allow Darren to travel to Canada to be part of the writing and development process for one of eOne’s Canadian-produced, long-form TV series.

Darren will gain valuable industry experience working for eight weeks in an international writers’ room, bringing high-end content from script to screen and working towards a global audience.

Lucas Taylor – 2017 recipient

Brisbane-based screenwriter and director Lucas Taylor was named the 2017 recipient for the annual Greg Coote Scholarship. Lucas is an award-winning talent who has worked across television drama, comedy, factual and interactive genres in Australia and the US. Lucas will take part in a 12-week placement on a FremantleMedia International drama series in Europe in 2018 as part of the Greg Coote Scholarship (supported by Screen Queensland, Australians in Film, the Queensland Writers Centre and FremantleMedia).

Lucas Taylor was Creative Director at Emmy and BAFTA award-winning production company Hoodlum from 2011-2016, where he worked on projects for film and television franchises including; The Bourne Legacy (Universal), SALT (Sony), Dance Academy (ABC), Primeval (ITV) and Divergent (eOne). His recent credits include Vikings: Athelstan’s Journal for History Channel (co-writer/director). Lucas has also created award-winning digital and interactive content for some of the world’s most recognised factual brands including Discovery (Voyage to the Planets), ABC (Australia: A Time Traveller’s Guide) and the BBC (BBC Knowledge).

Megan Doneman – 2016 recipient

Writer/Producer Megan Doneman was awarded the inaugural Greg Coote Scholarship, established by Screen Queensland and Australians in Film, with a prize of $30,000 to support her placement on hit US television show NCIS: Los Angeles. Even though the original scholarship offer was for eight weeks, Megan was given the opportunity to stay for almost the entire season.

Megan was selected after a competitive search of Queensland’s creative talent. She honed her storytelling skills over a decade working in the editing department on Hollywood films including King KongThe Lord of the Rings trilogy and Babe 2. Her first independent film, which she wrote, directed and produced, was Yes Madam, Sir – narrated by Helen Mirren – and premiered to critical acclaim as official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.

About Greg Goote

Greg Coote was one of Australia’s most prolific industry figures.

Greg ran LA-based Larrikin Entertainment with David Calvert-Jones; he was a producer and financier of theatrical movies, television programs and digital entertainment content. He was also a non-executive director of Bollywood distributor Eros International, chairman of US distributor China Lion, chairman of the ScreenSingapore convention and a member of the advisory board of the Singapore Government’s Media Development Authority. Previously Greg was chairman and CEO of Dune Entertainment, which co-financed more than 60 movies with 20th Century Fox, including Avatar.

Born in Australia, Greg started his career in the mailroom, working his way from the ground up to become Managing Director of Roadshow Films. He left Village Roadshow to head the Rupert Murdoch-owned Network Ten as Managing Director before joining Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles as President, International Theatrical. He re-joined Village Roadshow when it became publicly listed and was appointed to the parent board. As the founding president and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures in Los Angeles, he steered the company through 10 consecutive years of profits and forged a multi-million-dollar production deal with Warner Bros, including The Matrix franchise.

Not only was Greg prolific in business, he was also an extraordinary leader and advocate for the arts in the public schools. Greg founded an arts endowment campaign to fund arts programs in perpetuity and to create a model for other school districts around the state and country. He was a generous and strong individual who was able to bring people along with him when it came to making sure that the arts remained part of the public school curriculum.

About Australians in Film

Founded in 2001, Australians in Film (AiF) is a Los Angeles based non-profit organisation made up largely of Australians who work in the film and television industry.

AiF host monthly screenings and special events to celebrate the work of Australian film and television makers. Many of the AiF members are also active voting members of other prestigious groups such as: Academy of Motion Picture, Arts & Sciences; Screen Actors Guild; Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Director’s Guild.

AiF has the support of the Australian Government and claim some of the biggest companies in Australia as active sponsors as well as boasting more than 600 members, mixing antipodean actors and filmmakers with key American industry members. AiF proudly acknowledges their Ambassadors who have pledged their support to their mission, and frequently attend Q&A screenings of their films for members including Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts and Mel Gibson.