Stephen Conroy to speak at SPAA

21 October, 2009 by IF

Press release from SPAA
The Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) announced today that Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy will address delegates at its annual Conference on Friday, 20 November at 2pm at The Westin Hotel in Sydney.
This year the Minister announced fundamental reforms to the existing telecommunication regulations, including the plan to roll out the National Broadband Network. The NBN will be the largest ever national building infrastructure project in Australia’s history and is expected to be the catalyst for a host of potential new applications in the audiovisual world.
One of the great challenges ahead for the film and television industry is understanding the new digital landscape:  how it will look and what the business structures and creative issues will be for professional film and program makers.
"We are keen to get an indication from the Minister of the Government’s strategy for ensuring that Australian content is carried on these new services. We all understand the opportunities that an expanded digital network will present, but will there be a must carry arrangement for local content regulation?  And what additional breaks will this sector get in the new digital landscape," said SPAA Executive Director, Geoff Brown.
Senator Conroy was appointed Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in December 2007.  He is also Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate.
The SPAA Conference attracts over 700 industry representatives and key decision makers including producers, directors, distributors, financiers, exhibitors, television network heads, commissioning editors, lawyers and accountants. Of these there is a sizable international contingent from leading media organisation around the world.
SPAA is the industry association for the independent film and television industry, providing leadership and direction on all debates concerning the economics, creative and technological future of the screen production industries in Australia.  It strives to create the business conditions for the industry to compete strongly in both local and overseas markets.