New head of Ausfilm in LA
Former Film Victoria executive Kate Marks will run Ausfilm’s office in Los Angeles.
Starting in late September, Marks will serve as Ausfilm Executive Vice President, International Production, taking over from Tracey Vieira, who joined Screen Queensland as CEO in February.
She was General Manager – Incentives, Locations & Production Services at Film Victoria for four years until last year, and has worked in the Australian film industry for more than 10 years.
Marks was responsible for driving inward investments of more than $260 million to the State as well as advocating policy issues, fostering relationships and facilitating opportunities for screen practitioners, according to Ausfilm.
There were more than 70 applicants for the job from Australia and the US, IF understands.
Ausfilm CEO Debra Richards said, “We are delighted to have secured Kate to take on this pivotal role for the organisation. Kate has an excellent understanding of our industry, our competition and the international market place; she has very relevant experience with her previous role at Film Victoria; she has an established high level network and respect in North America; and has proven ability in chasing down production (studio & independent, Post & VFX work); all of which makes her an ideal choice for this position.”
Marks said, “I am excited to be joining the Ausfilm team and look forward to working with the Ausfilm membership and broader industry to showcase our country’s talents to the international production community.”