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Screen Queensland is dedicated to developing strong screen businesses and ensuring that production entities transform into thriving creative production companies through strong stories and good business understanding and partnerships.

With this in mind, throughout the year Screen Queensland holds various events, workshops and initiatives with a focus on developing the business practises of Queensland producers and creatives.

Please ensure you are subscribed to SQ’s on|screen e-newsletters to hear about upcoming SQ Business workshops and events (you can subscribe via our homepage.)

Successful Screen Queensland Business Industry Placements announced

12 February 2016: Screen Queensland (SQ) announced three companies and five practitioners supported through the SQ Business Industry Placements program.

SQ’s Business Industry Placements program has provided five practitioners the opportunity to build their screen business skills while developing a slate of projects, with a particular focus on those that can be pitched to the international market.

These five key creatives will be supported with $7,500 conceptual development funding and a six-month placement within the offices of a local production company, with access to the company’s creative and business team. Throughout the placement, the talent will be mentored in developing and financing for the market as well as navigating deal terms.


Lauren Brown, Drew MacDonald and John McGeachin will each work on international broadcast drama concepts through their placements with Hoodlum Active.

Stephen Kanaris will develop his feature film project with Blacklab Entertainment.

Kate Paul will be placed with Wildbear Entertainment, where she will work on developing her factual entertainment slate.

About the SQ Business Industry Placements program:

SQ Business is a targeted initiative that creates opportunities for early and mid career practitioners to build their knowledge of screen business while developing a slate of commercially viable projects.

SQ understands the benefit in placing early-to-mid career creatives (particularly writers and producers) within a production company to develop their projects with the input of high-level creative mentors, to develop a slate with access to mentors with strong international and domestic market intelligence and relationships, and to develop careers and businesses with guidance from experienced business leaders, executive producers, and experts in legal and business affairs.

Additionally, the initiative is designed to create and strengthen creative and business partnerships and grow a collaborative industry and screen community in Queensland.