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.


Jane Taylor | Office Manager

Jane Taylor has over 30 years business and finance administration experience across the public, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.  She has extensive skills in all facets of office management including business administration, finance assistance, executive assistance, staff training, HR & recruitment coordination, events management and internal and external customer relationship management.


Daniel Schultheis | Training Manager

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Trained in vocational digital production skills, and with 20+ years experience working in film and television production office and locations for companies such as Ozpan Productions, Southern Star and Working Dog, and as an Independent Producer, Daniel has worked full time in screen training since 2004. He developed a screen curriculum in Production skills, and lectured for TAFE in Queensland between 2004 and 2007, and has co- ordinated and Managed the delivery of Nationally-recognised training for Open Channel since 2007. Daniel manages the CUF30107 Certifificate III in Media (Documentary, Television and Filmmaking) and CUF60107 Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media (Feature Film & TV Series Development) programs for Open Channel, as well as specialist industry courses and events. In 2007/2008 he managed research into screen industry skills needs through Reframing the Future funded programs. He was a Committee Member for the Victorian Screen Technicians Association (VSTA) since 2010. In 2013, Daniel was awarded a research fellowship through the International Specialised Skills Institute to visit microbudget production schemes in the UK and Europe, culminating in a report with recommendations to government and industry, and his role in producing the 2015 Generation Next Micro Movie conference.

Contact: training@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: attachments@openchannel.org.au


BOARD

Ms Kris Matthews (Chair)

Kris Matthews is a Senior Policy Adviser currently working in an unrelated sector of the Victorian Government. Prior to this she was with Film Victoria for 11 years, primarily as a Contracts Officer, ensuring everyone delivered as promised.  Her expertise is in policy, compliance, governance and strategic management.  Kris was once an aspiring screen practitioner, with ambitions to direct, edit and then to produce, before discovering her talents lay elsewhere – and became a Public Servant.  Kris is passionate about Screen policy and helping talented Victorians pursue their craft for the greater good of society. 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 a numbers guy. An executive with 12 years experience in pricing, yield and strategy for Australian ASX100 companies such as Telstra and Australia Post. Julian’s speciality is strategy and his current role is Head of pricing and yield at Cleanaway.
Julian’s has also had several business of his own. His current focus being his role as the founder and CEO of Australia’s first movie ticketing website Ticket Bounty which uses dynamic pricing to get bums on seats. His passion for film extends beyond his business interests with Ticket Bounty, and he sees great potential to strengthen and further develop a robust Television and cinema industry here in Australia.
Julian has a passion for industry and vendor engagement. He has also completed his Chartered Accountant and last year produced a short about Cinema.

Mr Simon Britton

Simon Britton is publisher of Australia’s leading online screen content ebulletin ScreenPro. He is a founder of the Australian Online Video Awards, launched in 2014. In 2014, he achieved 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 The Australian Film TV and Radio School. He’s delivered workshops in crowdfunding, using YouTube as a platform for filmmakers and online distribution for the Screen Producers Association, The Australian Film TV and Radio School, The Media Resource Centre, Open Channel, RMIT, Monash University, UCLA, the St Kilda Film Festival, The Queer Film Festival, SAE/Qantm and JMC Academy. Simon consults on screen 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 coordinator for feature films.

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.

Ms Veronica Gleeson

As Head of Creative for Madman Production Company, Veronica’s focus is on the genesis and development of original feature film and high end television content. She also plays a central role in the production of signature projects, and consults on decisions around Madman Entertainment’s acquisition and distribution. Prior to Madman, Veronica was the Creative Director at Screen Australia, with a creative advisory role across a large film development and production slate. The role also included key funding decision-making and policy shaping, and building and working on such initiatives as the High End Television Fund, and talent escalator programs such as the Springboard and Hot Shots short film schemes. Veronica is a professional writer who has held positions with Icon Films, Ninemsn, IF Magazine, the former New South Wales Film and Television Office and the Australian Writers Guild, and provided freelance script consultancy for various high profile Australian producers.

Ms Jenny Lalor

Jenny Lalor has been working in legal and business affairs in film and television for more years than she cares to admit. Whilst living in London between 1990 and 2000, she worked for the BBC, Carlton Television and Tiger Aspect Productions (including on Billy Elliot andThe Animated Mr. Bean). Returning to Melbourne in late 2000, she has worked on a variety of film and television projects, includingJindabyneCoffin RockCrawlspaceCJ The DJSaddle Club 3RocKwizWilfred 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 Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is a 30-year veteran of the communications industry. He served 10 years in television at Channel 7 in Sales and Commercial Production overseeing the segment and commercial coordination of the unique experience that was World Of Sport! A further 20 years followed in film as Advertising and Publicity Manager at Greater Union. This involved the gamut of tasks in the running of cinemas combined with the choreography of star tours and the design and management of advertising and marketing campaigns. His activity with Open Channel began in 2004 as a volunteer and he assumed a Board position in 2006.

Mr Paul Walton

Paul joined Princess Pictures in 2012 and has been a part of the international film industry for almost 30 years. Prodigious British shows such as Heartbeat, A Touch of Frost and Casualty fill his resume, as well as feature films, including Macbeth (Sam Worthington), Charlie and Boots (Paul Hogan, Shane Jacobson), Long Weekend (Jim Caviezel) and I Love You Too (Peter Dinklage). Paul’s in-depth production experience, coupled with his creative vision and leadership qualities is reflected through every project in which he partakes.

Appointed as Head of Production at Princess Pictures, Paul’s role cements a relationship with the company, which started when he worked on Princess Pictures’ first feature film, I Love You Too. Paul has been a Producer on various projects for Princess Pictures including It’s A Date, It’s A Date 2, Stand Up @ Bella Union, 8MMM and The Divorce.  Most recently, Paul produced Foxtel’s Open Slather, a 20-episode sketch comedy series for the Comedy Channel, which became Foxtel’s highest rating series launch to date.

Ms Caroline Waters

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.