Global Producers Exchange offers Australia’s leading producers with new skills, knowledge, access and relationships. The program aims to provide Australian cultural stories with the opportunity to be developed with internationally-based collaborators who possess a global outlook and a proven track record of success with international audiences.
Screen Australia and Australians in Film (AiF) are partnering to provide Australia’s leading producers the skills, knowledge, access, and relationships necessary to succeed in the global market, and to attract foreign investment and marketplace partnerships for Australian scripted content.
Up to six production companies / producers will be selected to participate in the Global Producers Exchange development lab of roundtables and master-classes with key US based screen decision makers, and individualised 1:1 mentorships. Each delegate will receive grants of up to $60,000 to enable them to take part in the program which runs from Feb 2024 to June 2024.
The Global Producers Exchange aims to give Australian IP and cultural stories the opportunity to be developed with internationally based collaborators who possess a global outlook and a proven track record of success with international audiences, and to help position projects for success in the global market.
2024 Global Producers Exchange recipients:
Haven’t You Done Well Productions (HYDWP) - Georgia Mappin and Max Miller:
HYDWP is an award-winning, comedy specialist production company in the intersection of online and traditional entertainment. Executive producers Mappin and Miller oversee three development slates including Aunty Donna and Grouse House TV. HYDWP credits include Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun (Netflix) Aunty Donna's Coffee Cafe (ABC) and online projects Fairbairn in the City, Descent and Finding Yeezus.
Highview Productions - Lisa Scott:
Highview Productions founder Scott is an award-winning producer whose recent productions include the hybrid feature documentary Speedway, and short film Blame The Rabbit, which shared the audience award for Best Short Film at the Adelaide Film Festival 2023. Other credits include A Sunburnt Christmas (Stan), and the smash hit Stan, BBC1 and HBO Max series The Tourist, which won three awards at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. She has also produced for The Hunting (SBS), Pine Gap (Netflix/ABC) and ANZAC Girls (ABC) as well as three seasons of Janet King (ABC).
Inkey Media - Dena Curtis:
Inkey Media, founded by Curtis, is an Aboriginal production company dedicated to amplifying Indigenous narratives. Inkey’s Rebel with a Cause premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Curtis has collaborated as co-producer with WildBear Entertainment on TV series Shadow Trackers and feature film Ella. She has also collaborated with See-Saw Films/AMC Network on Firebite and as producer with Blackfella Films on First Weapons. Her collaboration with Magpie Pictures on Grace Beside Me earned nominations at Prix Jeunesse, the Logies and the AACTA Awards, accompanied by a Screen Producers Australia Award and First Nations Media Award.
Lazy Susan Films - Hannah Ngo:
Lazy Susan Films is an independent production company founded by Ngo that produces for diverse voices telling socially relevant stories. Lazy Susan has produced a catalogue of award-winning programs that have screened at top international festivals including Series Mania, C21 International Drama Awards, Warsaw International Film Festival, AACTA and Cinefest Oz. These programs include series Latecomers (SBS/CBC), Iggy & Ace (SBS), Me & (Her)pes (OML) and Bird Drone, an animated short film that has screened at 63 Festivals and counting.
Orange Entertainment Co. – Dan Lake and Stephanie Westwood:
Orange Entertainment Co. creates compelling stories with groundbreaking talent. They produced ABC comedy series Retrograde alongside Unless Pictures, executive produced the Network Ten documentary Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story with Easy Tiger, and produced Nine Network true crime documentary series Missing Persons Investigation with Southern Pictures.
Stranger than Fiction Films - Jennifer Peedom and Sarah Noonan:
Founded by McGowan and Peedom, Stranger than Fiction has gained renown in the non-fiction world, achieving Emmy and AACTA awards and screenings at A-list festivals, and has recently branched out into developing narrative projects. Credits include Peedom’s Mountain (Australia’s second-highest-grossing documentary released theatrically in 27 countries) and River (2021 Telluride Film Festival, 2022 AACTA Award), Harley & Katya (2023 International Emmy winner) and David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017 Cannes Classic, 2018 International Emmy Nominee).