FREMANTLE AND SCREENWORKS FORM PARTNERSHIP TO SUPPORT REGIONAL TALENT DEVELOPMENT

SYDNEY, 4 OCTOBER 2019: Fremantle and Screenworks have today announced an exciting collaboration to promote career advancement for burgeoning regional screen practitioners throughout Australia.  The partnership will connect the best talent identified through Screenworks' programs and events, providing invaluable hands-on experience including series producing, directing and script writing on Fremantle’s various productions.

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Fremantle, leaders in scripted and unscripted content locally and throughout the world, will also become a major sponsor of Screenworks’ largest annual event, the Business of Producing Seminar.  It will also be a supporting partner of Screenworks' annual calendar of workshop, events and initiatives.

 This partnership demonstrates Fremantle’s commitment to attracting fresh, undiscovered talent to the television industry from a wide range of backgrounds as well as a vital step to increasing jobs opportunities for regional screen talent with potential to connect them to a global production landscape.

 Chris Oliver-Taylor, CEO Asia Pacific, Fremantle, said: “Neighbours, Wentworth and many of our other productions have been a launch pad for careers - in front and behind the camera - and we’re delighted to be able to provide this opportunity to a new generation of creatives.  Our production techniques are constantly evolving so the experience will provide a unique overview of various styles of filming, as well an insight to the script development process.”

 Ken Crouch, CEO, Screenworks, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer regional practitioners more opportunities as a result of this newly formed partnership with Fremantle.

 “There is enormous value to regional practitioners to have production companies like Fremantle, helping us to support regional talent and project development and a great opportunity for Fremantle to tap into some of the best regional talent available in Australia.”

 Screenworks is the peak body for regional film, TV and screen related content that supports regional screen projects, its practitioners and promoting screen culture in regional Australia.  Screenworks principal activities provide screen-related development and networking opportunities, programs and initiatives specifically designed to support people living in regional, rural and remote Australia.

 Screenworks will shortly be calling for applications to their 2020 Career Pathway programs and further information can be found at www.screenworks.com.au.

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