Screen Australia exec director resigns

Chris Fitchett exits as new CEO Ruth Harley steps up

SYDNEY -- Chris Fitchett, Screen Australia's executive director of production support and investment is leaving in early December to pursue his own projects, acting CEO Lyn Maddock said Tuesday.

Fitchett, who was CEO of Screen Australia's predecessor, the Australian Film Commission for 2 1/2 years, was to stay with the new agency until January, but a "professional opportunity has arisen which needs his attention earlier than anticipated," Maddock said.

The announcement of Fitchett's departure comes one week before new Screen Australia CEO Ruth Harley takes the reins of the organization. Fitchett will work with Harley until December to seek industry input on the draft programs and industry support services it plans to introduce in January.
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