WA government reappoints Ian Booth to lead ScreenWest
ScreenWest chief executive officer Ian Booth has been reappointed to the position for a further five years.
Culture and Arts Minister John Day said Booth's local and national screen experience had been of great benefit to Western Australia during the past five years.
"I am pleased Ian has agreed to lead the agency for a further five years as he has overseen a period of unprecedented growth in local film and television production," he said in a statement. "This era has included investment by ScreenWest in a number of feature film successes, including Bran Nue Dae, Mad Bastards and most recently, the box office smash Red Dog." He also cited several locally-produced television shows including cloudstreet, Who Do You Think You Are, Lockie Leonard, Jandamarra's War, SAS: Search for Warriors and The Great Mint Swindle.
Booth, a former ABC business affairs manager for drama and comedy, and a lawyer by background, has led the WA state agency for the past five years.
"There is still a long way to go, but Western Australia is becoming recognised as a strong vibrant production centre, producing quality content for the national and international audience," Booth said in a statement.