James Dickinson appointed Screenrights chief

16 January, 2019 by Staff Writer

James Dickinson. 

After acting in the position more than six months, James Dickinson has been officially named Screenrights chief executive.


Dickinson succeeds Simon Lake, who left the organisation last July in order to deal with a serious health issue.

Screenrights chair Jill Bryant said following an extensive search, it was decided Dickinson was the best person to lead the organisation. “We fully support James’ vision for Screenrights over the coming years and look forward to working with him to ensure our members benefit from ongoing growth.”

Dickinson has worked for Screenrights for more than two decades, including head of licensing and regulatory affairs and, more recently, general manager.

Dickinson said: “I’m honoured to lead Screenrights and its people at a time of dynamic change in the screen industry. I look forward to developing deeper relationships with our membership and guiding the organisation as we navigate upcoming challenges and opportunities.

“Screenrights occupies a unique industry position in support of the Australian and New Zealand screen sectors, as well as those around the world. Supporting our members remains at the heart of everything we do. We’re always looking at ways we can better serve our members, and growing Screenrights’ positive impact for the screen industry is something that I’m passionate about. Last year we launched our Cultural Fund and supported three impactful projects, our disbursements and international services for members continued to grow, and EnhanceTV highlighted the educational value of using TV in the classroom with ever-increasing reach. We distributed $42.8 million to members from our education, government and retransmission licences, our international collections and through our disbursement service. It’s a privilege to be able to take the reigns at such a positive time for Screenrights, and I am confident the team will continue to take Screenrights from strength to strength.”