New director of production investment at Screen Queensland

17 October, 2014 by Don Groves

Dan Lake is joining Screen Queensland as director of production investment on Monday November 3.

Lake brings more than nine years experience in the Australian screen industry. During his tenure at Freshwater Pictures he specialised in production financing and contracting, international co-productions, marketing and exhibition.


A graduate of Bond University's film school he did the financing and legals on Richard Todd's documentary Frackman and worked on other Freshwater projects including The Burning Season and Sue Brooks' Subdivision.

"It's a great loss for me," said Freshwater's Trish Lake, who is Dan's aunt. "He brought in a lot of projects for development. But I am working with other young people like Ben McNeill, who is coming with me to the Ausfilm weeks in Los Angeles and London."

At Screen Queensland Lake takes over from Catherine Nebauer, who is now MD of ZooMoo, the world’s first kids channel dedicated to animals launched last year by David Haslingden’s Beach House Pictures and NHNZ.

“Dan brings to Screen Queensland the skill-set to analyse the creative and commercial value of projects, including their place within the domestic and international market, and identity projects that will connect with audiences and drive the growth of our industry,” said Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira.

“Dan’s extensive knowledge and experience in screen production working on various formats from feature films, documentaries, television series, music videos and digital and multiplatform projects, will ensure he is part of a collaborative movement between our agency and the industry as a whole towards a dynamic and sustainable future.”