Chambers tackles New South Wales film post


SYDNEY -- ScreenWest CEO Tania Chambers is crossing the country to become the new CEO of the nation's largest state-based film agency, the NSW Film and Television Office.

Chambers is one of several new appointments at the organization following the retirement of current CEO Jane Smith, who is stepping down after nearly a decade at the end of the month.

FTO chair Neal Blewett announced Chambers' appointment Wednesday, citing her "strong record of achievement in growing the Western Australian screen industry and securing new funding and strategic partnership opportunities."

"Ms. Chambers' business development capabilities will be much appreciated in New South Wales," Blewett said.

At the same time, Blewett announced that producer Rosemary Blight and writer Geoffrey Atherden will join the board of the FTO and that Linda Tizard has been appointed to the position of head of development and investment. Tizard has been acting in the role in recent months.

During her six years as CEO of the West Australian agency, Chambers helped increase the number of hours of productions funded by the agency to 72 hours (from 32) with total production budgets increasing to AUS$40 million ($30.8 million) from AUS$14 million ($10.8 million).

Chambers takes up her position at the FTO on Feb. 12. A replacement for her at ScreenWest has not been announced.