Directors get to Meet the Producers

24 September, 2013 by Don Groves

Some of the leading lights of the film and TV production industry and TV network commissioning editors will take part in Meet the Producers sessions at the upcoming Australian Directors Guild conference.

Themed Directing in the Digital Age, the conference will be held in Sydney from November 6-8 at the Sebel Pier One.


In Meet the Producers, ADG members will have the chance to spend 15 minutes with reps from Goalpost Pictures, Matchbox, Essential, Porchlight, Hopscotch Films, ABC, SBS, Playmaker Media and others. There will be a maximum of two meetings per delegate.

The line-up of speakers includes US-based Australian Ben Lewin, who wrote and directed The Sessions, Gillian Armstrong, Fred Schepisi, Jonathan Teplitzy, Stephen Wallace, Ray Argall, Kim Mordaunt, Bob Connolly, Kimble Rendall and Peter Andrikidis.

Among the topics to be addressed in sessions are The Rise of the Genre Film in Australia, The Demise of the One-Off Documentary, Film is Dead, Long Live the Pixel, and Are Television Commercials a Career Pathway for Directors?

Among those taking part in Meet the Producers :

Alan Erson, General Manager Australia and Head of Factual, Essential Media
Matt Scully, Commissioning Editor, ABC Factual Television
Debbie Lee, Director of Scripted Development, Matchbox Pictures
David Whealy,  Executive Producer/Entertainment Legal Attorney, David Whealy and Associates
John Godfrey, Commissioning Editor, SBS Television
Lucy Hill,  Acquisitions Manager, Hopscotch Films
Rosemary Blight, Partner, Producer, Goalpost Pictures
David Maher and David Taylor, Principals, Executive Producers, Playmaker Media
Vincent Sheehan, Partner, Producer, Porchlight Films