SPA leads mission to UK and Denmark

11 October, 2015 by Staff Writer

Screen Producers Australia is leading a delegation to London and Copenhagen as part of its mission to foster international investment and co-production opportunities for Australian screen businesses.

Delegates are participating in a range of meetings, networking and social gatherings arranged with the assistance in London of Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT) and in Copenhagen of the Danish Producer’s Association, the Danish Film Institute and Ministry of Culture.


The ABC TV is taking part in the delegation, which is supported by Screen Australia.

“Screen Producers Australia members have had incredible success in the UK over the past decade," said SPA CEO Matt Deaner. "Many television productions have received excellent time slots and universal admiration and ground breaking interactive commissions from UK companies. Australian children’sdrama and animation production is envied and feature films have charmed and terrified British audiences in equal measure.

"This London engagement program will build on that success, furthering our friendly and constructive relationship with PACT and its members and provide real openings for developing mutually beneficial business opportunities.”

Deaner noted  the Danes are lauded for their television drama and strong local feature film industry including  The Killing and Bergen.  “With direct government involvement through the Danish Ministry of Culture, the trip to Copenhagen will offer an opportunity for Australian production businesses to meet with Danish producers in this exciting market which is rarely, if ever, engaged with by the local industry," he said.

“The delegations from the UK and Denmark are substantial both in numbers but also in terms of the experience and expertise of the producers attending. There is a genuine desire from heavy hitters in both countries to meet Australian producers and explore business opportunities between our countries.”

A UK delegation featuring 10 key British production companies will attend the Screen Forever  International Partnership Market  next month. They include Matthew Graff, Commercial Director, ZigZag Productions; Maartje Horchner, Head of Acquisitions, All3 Media International; Bea Tammer, Senior Sales & Acquisitions, Argonon International; Stephen Dunleavy, Creative Director, Humble Bee Films: Barry Ryan, MD & Creative Director, Free@Last TV; Deborah Manners, CEO, Keo Films; Will Hanrahan, First Look TV, Dawn Mccarthy-Simpson, Director Of International Development at PACT and representatives from Popkorn and Duchess St Productions.