People

STAFF

Caroline Waters | CEO

Caroline is a passionate and creative communicator with over 20 years experience working in film and TV, both here and overseas.  Her achievements include directing an Emmy award winning children’s program and tripling profitability in her first year managing the production division of an event company. Her training began managing all production accounts for Leo Burnett,  then working in London as a Production Manager and Advertising Agency Producer. She then joined Mentorn Films working as a Producer/Director making youth, factual entertainment and children’s programs for Channel 4 and ITV.

Her local experience includes working in production on a variety of factual and comedy programs for the ABC, Seven, Nine and SBS. Caroline also participated in director’s attachments for ABC drama.

As an independent Producer, her documentary credits include Festivals and Going Off (SBS), AntarticArt (ABC) and Syllable to Sound (ABC). Caroline balanced these ‘passion projects’ with her work as a Executive Producer and Creative Director for a multinational brand strategy company.

Caroline is a VCA Graduate, Mentor and screen-sector Educator, contributing her vast knowledge via Melbourne University, Open Channel, WideAngle (Tasmania) and Screen Tasmania. Caroline is committed to developing talent and thrives on the challenge of empowering people to create the leadership and structures necessary to grow a strong, optimistic culture that creates quality innovative outcomes and promotes the reputation and profile of the screen industry. Caroline’s personal mentees work in Film, TV drama and comedy, TV commercials, branding companies, and on YouTube.

Contact: caroline@openchannel.org.au


Chris Barker | Attachments Program Manager

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Chris spent 13 years working in a variety of roles at The Australia Network, The ABC’s International televisions service. These roles included segment producer as well as Series Producer on a half hour Arts program. Chris also spent three years woking as The Australia Networks Manager of On Air Promotions. Before his time at the ABC Chris worked as a Project Officer at the South Australian Film Corporation. Chris is also a husband and a father of two boys.

Contact: chris@openchannel.org.au


BOARD

Ms Kris Matthews (Chair)

Kris Matthews implements Victorian Government policy in the Justice portfolio. Prior to this she was with Film Victoria for eleven years in Legal and Recoupment.  Her expertise is in policy, compliance, governance and strategic management.  Kris is passionate about Screen policy and helping talented Victorians pursue their craft. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Media Production, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Media and Cinema Studies, and a Master of Public Policy and Management.

Mr Julian Dennis (Treasurer)

Julian is an Accountant and Director of Advisory Services for Brightstar Corp. He is an expert in pricing, intermediary markets and funding/growth modeling. He previously worked as a specialist consultant at Australia Post, Telstra and a number of small/mid cap technology firms. Julian is also co-founder of Ticket Bounty, a seamless and integrated movie tickets platform; yield management for cinemas and user engagement for distributors. Launched in Feb 2014, growing at x5 with a number of industry first features and high customer loyalty. His passion for film extends beyond his business interests with Ticket Bounty, and he sees great potential to strengthen and further develop a robust screen industry here in Australia.

Ms Jenny Lalor

Jenny Lalor is an Entertainment Lawyer. Whilst living in London between 1990 and 2000, she worked for the BBC, Carlton Television and Tiger Aspect Productions (including on Billy Elliot and The Animated Mr. Bean). Returning to Melbourne in late 2000, she has worked on a variety of film and television projects, including Jindabyne, Crawlspace, RocKwiz, CJ The DJ, Coffin Rock, Saddle Club 3, Wilfred and a number of Lonely Planet travel series. She now has her own practice specializing in entertainment law and provides executive producing services on a range of children’s projects, including the pre-school animation series DirtGirlWorld, co-produced by dirtgirlworld Productions and Decode Entertainment for the ABC, BBC and CBC. She was a Television Councillor on the Screen Producers Association of Australia for over five years.

Mr Simon Britton

Simon Britton is publisher of Australia’s leading online screen content ebulletin ScreenPro. He is co-founder of the Australian Online Video Awards, launched in 2014 and holds YouTube Certification in Audience Development. He has worked for the AFTRS Centre for Screen Business, focusing on emerging business models for online screen content. He has consulted to, or written papers for the South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Australia, Film Victoria and AFTRS. He’s delivered workshops in crowdfunding, using YouTube as a platform for filmmakers and online distribution for SPA, AFTRS, The Media Resource Centre, Open Channel, RMIT, Monash University, UCLA, the St Kilda Film Festival, The Queer Film Festival, SAE and JMC Academy. Simon consults and is currently working with a range of content creators to develop strategies for online delivery of their work.

Dr. Lisa Dethridge

Dr. Lisa Dethridge designs and researches screen content for Virtual Worlds and game formats across networked media in a number of discipline areas. She’s written for film, television, theatre, radio and print in Australia and the United States. She has worked for major and independent studios and networks including Fox, Warner, Working Title, MTV, CBS, NBC, CNN, Granada, Dempa Japan, SBS, the Australian Film Commission, 3RRR radio, ABC Australia, TV New Zealand and Chapel-off-Chapel Theatre. She has exhibited art in Melbourne, Europe and New York and written for several magazines including a regular column for Vogue Australia. She has researched communications for the United Nations, NASA and Telstra Australia and taught at New York University, the American Film Institute, UCLA, the Australian Film, TV and Radio School, RMIT and University of Melbourne. She has a PhD, in Media Ecology from New York University and is the author of Writing Your Screenplay, published by Allen and Unwin.