Establishing a Screen Business & Financing Plan


Level: Advanced
Date/s & times: 6 sessions Thursdays 930am-430pm, 22 May to 26 June, 2014
Contact hours: 36 hours group study
Places: 4 short course places available alongside full time scriptshop students
Fee: $1,040 (full fee) $950 (members) – fee excludes one on one mentoring component or accredited project assessment
Prerequisites: Must be or join as a current Open Channel member to apply, and have a screen project in development.

“The art of producing is bringing great screen ideas together with finance and delivering success on both counts. The more that writers understand early on about the business that sits behind the creative alchemy, the more chance they have of getting their scripts onto the screen and more importantly, entertaining audiences”. Sue Maslin (past trainer and Producer, Japanese Story, Enchanted and in production on The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet)

Give your production company and your production the best possible start with this intensive course in establishing a screen business and developing a financing plan for your project. Projects that get made couple strong material, with a viable business model which matches the scope of the project and revenue potential with the money that can be raised for production.

During the course, creative teams learn to

  • Create a preliminary budget or budget level for your project
  • Create a viable financing plan for your project
  • Network in industry, build relationships and strategic partnerships
  • Work professionally, manage a creative business, and demonstrate leadership
  • Develop a business plan

Previous guest speakers in this module have included Producers Michael McMahon (Nowhere Boys, The Slap, Home Song Stories), Andrea Buck (The Jammed), Jennie Hughes (COO Screen Queensland, EP Dirty Deeds), Maggie Miles (Van Diemen’s Land), Gus Howard (Blue Heelers), Marc Goldenfein (The Revival Film Co), entertainment lawyers Shaun Miller (Mary and Max) and Jenny Lalor (Billy Elliot), Acccountant Tony Nagle (Japanese Story), Accountant Dean Hood (The Talented Mr Ripley, the Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Gangs of New York), and Production Manager Gina Black (Terra Nova)


Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 10.01.56 AMRos Walker is one of Australia’s most respected screen production professionals, and has educated at the Victorian College of the Arts and Open Channel. Her feature film credits include co-producing Peaches, line producing Big Mamma’s Boy and Not Quite Hollywood and production managing Life, Only the Brave and You’re Skitting Me. She produced the documentary Portrait and is producing the documentary Remain in Light. From 1998-2002 she was Manager of Film Victoria and has served as the Victorian Chapter Head of SPAA (Screen Producers Association of Australia). In early 2012, Roslyn Walker (Independent Producer and Co-ordinator of Open Channel’s year long script development program) traveled to LA to examine how the most successful TV industry in the world develops television series. This trip was made possible on a Skills Victoria Fellowship through the International Specialised Skills Institute. Roslyn met with heavyweights such as Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing), Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and Mike Reiss (The Simpsons). She gathered information directly from industry practitioners and more than a dozen showrunners of series, including The Simpsons, Breaking Bad, Family Guy, 24, The Kennedys, The West Wing and NCIS; producers and network and cable development executives of shows such as Two and a Half Men, Mad Men and Homeland; and financiers, agents, casting and music supervisors.

Who should do this course? 
Any Writer, Producer or Director wishing to develop and understanding of the business side of film and TV.

Important: You must have written a script or be working on a script in order to apply for this course.

Where can I go after this course?
Graduates leave with the skills and knowledge required to develop a longform project for the screen as part of the creative team, or working as an independent script reader or script editor.

Are you interested in being Accredited for this course?
This course can be completed as part of our full program, SCRIPTSHOP: Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media (Features and TV Series Development Program)

How do I Enrol?
Apply using our Eventbrite portal below. Your application (expression of interest) is non-binding until payment has been made. After you have applied, we will get back to you with further details.