Kate Croser. (Photo: Claudio Raschella)
Producer Kate Croser has been appointed the CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), succeeding Courtney Gibson.
Croser was most recently the head of production and development at KOJO Entertainment. Prior to this, she ran Hedone Productions with partner Sandy Cameron, and was a co-founder of Cyan Films with Julie Ryan. Her credits include Top End Wedding, The Infinite Man, Boys in the Trees, Danger 5 and My Tehran for Sale. She has sat on the SAFC board since 2016.
Croser’s term will span three years from September.
“Having produced numerous film and television projects and run several production companies in South Australia I am deeply plugged into the fantastic wealth of talent, businesses, crews, and advantages within the South Australian screen industry,” she said.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the team at the South Australian Film Corporation to leverage off a strong base of production and stimulate the expansion of the whole sector.”
Gibson announced her resignation in July after 15 months in the job, moving back to Sydney to be closer to family. In the interim, SAFC head of production, development, attraction and studios Amanda Duthie has been acting in the role.
Croser steps into the CEO role at a time of record growth for SA industry, with New Line Cinema’s Mortal Kombat – the state’s biggest film production – set to begin next month.
Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said: “We welcome Ms Croser to this important role and look forward to her valuable contribution as we expand and transform the local film industry and cement South Australia’s global reputation for excellence in screen production.”
Chair of the SAFC Peter Hanlon said: “Kate meets all of the qualities needed to help elevate the screen industry in South Australia to the next level.
“Kate’s track record with the industry in South Australia, nationally and internationally, plus her engaging style and broader experience will serve us well as we build on our recent successes.