Seph McKenna is set to depart Roadshow Films to take up the CEO role at Screenwest.
Currently Roadshow’s head of Australian production, McKenna’s new role at the Western Australian agency will extend for a five year term. The executive has worked for Roadshow Films since 2006, with previous roles at Village Roadshow and Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies in both Australia and the US.
Screenwest chair Janelle Marr said McKenna represented the next generation of screen sector leadership in Australia, and would bring to the role a wealth of film investment and production experience.
“Seph’s appointment marks an exciting time in Screenwest’s journey and will further strengthen a great Screenwest team to realise the vision of bringing world-class Western Australian stories and identity to screen, for the benefit of the community”.
“With our new structure and board fully operational, Screenwest is in a very strong and settled position to enable a smooth hand over process for our new CEO.”
McKenna said: “I look forward to working alongside the board and team to further strengthen Screenwest and the WA screen sector’s position on the national and international stage.
“I am excited by the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead and will be focusing on not only strengthening existing key relationships but also engaging with new corporate and commercial partners to expand opportunities for the organisation and WA screen sector.”
“During my decade plus at Roadshow Films, I had the great privilege of engaging with Ian Booth and Rikki Lea Bestall at Screenwest along with many filmmakers both established and emerging, including some of the great documentarians that produce such incredible work.”
“Again, and again, Australian audiences favourite films and documentaries have been shot in the West. As an adopted Australian, I’m proud to be in a position to build on such a fantastic cultural legacy, in so beautiful a place, with such passionate supporters and practitioners.”
McKenna will begin his new role in December, and will work with outgoing CEO Ian Booth prior to his departure.