Film Victoria CEO Sdraulig Moving On

Will Not Renew Contract after Eight Years in Position

SYDNEY -- State agency Film Victoria is searching for a new CEO, after Sandra Sdraulig announced Monday that she was not renewing her contract when it expires on March 25.

In eight years at the helm of the agency Sdraulig has been one of the key drivers of getting international production down under with Victoria hosting projects such as “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Ghost Rider” and the largest television series ever made, “The Pacific" under her watch.

Film Victoria president John Howie said “Sandra is a passionate advocate for the screen industry and has played an instrumental part in transforming the Victorian film, television and digital media industry from critically low levels of production to record highs well above AUS $200 million ($198 million).”

“She has re-established Film Victoria to be recognized nationally for its delivery of innovative programs, an internationally respected high-standard of commission services, and world-first industry events in the Digital Distribution Summit and recent Arresting Audiences Summit,” Howie added.

For her part Sdraulig said "It’s time for me to divert my passion, commitment and energy to other pursuits."

“As CEO I’ve focused on initiatives that would reinvigorate the Victorian industry. Our approach has been to not only support people and projects but create infrastructure in the state that has made Victoria a world-leading production destination.

"I leave the organization knowing that the government is committed to the Victorian Screen Industry Strategy and Film Victoria has a new three-year corporate plan in place that will continue to drive benefits for the industry and this great State," she said.