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Screen Australia reveals 2015 enterprise placements

2 December 2015 3:38 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Screen Australia will provide $1.35 million in funding for ten emerging screen professionals as part of a $10 million suite of enterprise programs.

The industry placement scheme will allow the selected candidates to work alongside the best and brightest in the sector..

Screen Australia.s Enterprise People provides individuals with a wage of up to $70,000 a year for full-time employment for one to two years.

The program, Enterprise People, gives on-the-job training and a critical bridge to long-term and sustainable employment for a new generation of screen practitioners.

Enterprise People is part of Screen Australia.s three-year, $10 million suite of Enterprise programs that aim to facilitate screen businesses to invest in development, talent and innovation for the benefit of the sector.

The 2015 program attracted applicants with a diverse range of talent..

While all were looking for hands-on opportunities in the screen sector, they had a variety of objectives, including: seeking to move »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Matchbox, Holding the Man and The Code take top honours at Spa Awards

23 November 2015 7:46 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Matchbox Pictures has won the Production Business of the Year award at the 15th annual Screen Producers Australia Awards.

The awards, were hosted by television and radio presenter James Mathison at Melbourne.s Palladium at Crown during the 30th Screen Forever Conference.

For a full list of awards, see below.

Matchbox Pictures was founded by Australian producers Tony Ayres, Penny Chapman, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon and Helen Panckhurst in 2008.

It was acquired by NBC Universal in 2014..

Matchbox specialises in television drama, children.s programming, factual and entertainment content, animation and feature films for the domestic and international marketplace..

Most recently, Matchbox has produced the popular reality television series Real Housewives of Melbourne, feature film Ali.s Wedding, Lally Katz.s comedy mini-series Stories I Want To Tell You In Person for the ABC, and the youth television drama series Nowhere Boys for ABC Television, which was honoured with the Screen »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Helen Bowden and Jason Stephens team up

16 November 2015 1:26 PM, PST | | See recent news »

A co-founder and former MD of Matchbox Pictures and an ex-FremantleMedia Australia executive have launched a production company

Helen Bowden, who departed NBCUniversal-owned Matchbox last year, and Jason Stephens, who was creative director and director of development at FremantleMedia for 10 years, are partners in Lingo Pictures.

Their Sydney-based outfit will create scripted and unscripted content for both the local and international markets.

.We aim to build strong partnerships and new business models, while putting together an ambitious production slate,. the duo said.

Bowden, whose credits include The Slap, Underground: The Julian Assange Story and Devil.s Playground, is the MD and Stephens (Mr and Mrs Murder, Devil.s Dust, Better Man) is creative director.

The two had not met until last year, realised they had similar goals and began discussing a partnership in February. By July they figured out it was the right fit.

Bowden said they expect to »

- Don Groves

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Aussie writer to ply his trade in the UK

8 February 2015 7:26 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Aacta-award winner Blake Ayshford believes writers in the UK are more valued than they are in Australia.

That.s one reason why the screenwriter is heading to the UK in a few months to pursue the opportunity to work on an eclectic bunch of projects set in Europe, the Middle East and South America.

Not that Ayshford, whose credits include The Code, Devil.s Playground, An Accidental Soldier, The Straits and Crownies, is turning his back on Oz.

He intends to work part-time in the UK while juggling several Australian projects including adaptations of two popular Australian novels for the ABC. He's written an episode of The Beautiful Lie, a modern retelling of Tolstoy.s Anna Karenina to be produced by Endemol Australia.s John Edwards and Imogen Banks for the public broadcaster.

Ayshford, who won an Aacta award as one of the producers of Devil.s Playground, shared with »

- Don Groves

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Babadook, Water Diviner share Aacta best film

29 January 2015 1:55 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.Scroll down for full list of winners

Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Jennifer Kent thriller The Babadook have both won the Aacta (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award for best film, marking the first time that two titles have shared the country’s top film prize.

The event in Sydney, hosted this year by actresses Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman, is only the 4th annual Aacta Awards but they were the result of an overhaul of the AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards, which were established in 1969.

The two winning films could not be more different from each other. Kent’s meticulously crafted low-budget claustrophobic thriller, The Babadook, is about a single mother who battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house.

Gladiator star Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, is about »

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