Generation Next Drama and Comedy Conference

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Screen Industry Gives Back to the Emerging Sector and Supports Open Channel’s Generation Next Conference

OPEN CHANNEL’S inaugural – GENERATION NEXT DRAMA AND COMEDY CONFERENCE which caters for the Emerging Screen Sector was held on August 30th and 31st at Cinema Nova, Carlton, Melbourne.

Supported by Film Victoria, Open Channel’s Generation Next Drama and Comedy Conference presents a 2- day program of curated seminars, panel discussions and presentations provided Victoria’s emerging and early career screen practitioners with the opportunity to engage with their peers, meet and mingle with experienced screen writers, directors, producers, financiers, industry guilds, broadcasters and commissioners.

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About the Conference:
The Conference was a priceless opportunity to hear from actor Lachy Hulme of Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War and Beaconsfield and Laura Waters, producer of Chris Lilley’s smash hit Summer Heights High. Participants engaged with industry professionals including: Mary-Anne Carroll (EP Comedy, Seven Network), Peter Hudson (CEO – TV1) Jason Stephens – (Creative Director – Fremantle Media Australia) and many more. The conference was designed to serve as a launch pad for establishing our future community of Victorian drama and comedy screen practitioners.

Film Victoria CEO, Jenni Tosi gave the key note address, with some of Australia’s most highly regarded screen practitioners and organisations signed on as speakers including:

Lachy Hulme (Actor – Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, Offspring and Beaconsfield)
Laura Waters (Princess Pictures and Producer of Sporting Nation and Chris Lilley’s Angry Boys and Summer Heights High)
Mary-Anne Carroll (Executive Producer – Comedy at the Seven Network and Series Producer of Winners and Losers Series 1 and 100 eps of All Saints)
Chris Oliver-Taylor (Managing Director, Matchbox)
Jason Stephens (Creative Director, Freemantle Media)
Dan Fill (Chocolate Liberation Front – Game Masters (Game), Figaro Pho, 2012 Titanic Miniseries (online)
Lisa Fitzpatrick (Director Development and Production – Network 10)
Imogen Banks (Producer – Puberty Blues, Offspring and Tangle)
Peter Hudson (CEO TV1 SF Channels, TV1 General Entertainment Partnership)
Joanna Werner (Producer – Dance Academy, Elephant Princess)
Rick Maier (Executive Producer – Network 10)
Jane Roscoe (Network Programmer – SBS)
Joanne Azzopardi (Vice President International Sales Australasia, Beyond International)
Brett Sleigh (Development Manager – ABC)
Debra Allanson (Studio Ish)
Sue Edwards (Acting General Manager, IDI, Film Victoria)
Anthony Mrsnik (Director of Legal and Business Affairs, Showtime)
Linda Klejus (Producer – Conspiracy 365)
David Taylor and David Maher (Playmaker Media – House Husbands, Slide, Blood Brothers)
Mark Bamford (Partner – Tresscox Lawyers)
Peter Moon (Treasurer – Australian Writers Guild)
Dan Bennett (Script Producer – Winners and Losers)
Natalie Lawley (Manager –Program Sales ABC Commercial)
Gina Black (Unit Production Manager – Terra Nova)
Charlie Carman (Manager, Script Development Film Victoria)
Mike Cowap (Investment Manager – Screen Australia)
Ewan Burnett (Burberry Entertainment and Executive Producer – Small Time Gangster, Last Man Standing)
Alan Finney (Chair – AFI/AACTA)
Jenny Lalor (Lalor Law)
Deb Huxley (Media Mash – Consultant to Fetch TV)
Joanne Donahoe-Beckwith (Cinematographer –Very Small Business, The Librarians, Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell)
Chris Corbett (Writer – Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries, Stingers, Secret Life of Us)
Steve Luby (Ruby Entertainment, Producer of Bed of RosesCrackerjack and The Brush Off)
Tim Phillips (Investment Manager, Drama – Screen Australia)
Anna Whitelaw (Head of Marketing and Communications, Pozible)
Giula Sandler (Writer – Rescue Special Ops, Out of the Blue, McLeod’s Daughters)
Richard Jasek (Director – McLeod’s Daughters, Home and Away, Neighbours, City Homiside)
Paul Harris (Festival Director – St. Kilda Film Festival)
Australian Directors Guild, Australian Cinematographers Society, Australian Screen Editors Guild, Australian Writers Guild

The program included sessions on current industry opportunities, multi-platform exploitation, working with your broadcaster, development, partnerships and funding, adapting book to the small screen, digital production and distribution and what it takes to get comedy right.