Screen Australia open for business

New body takes over for various agencies

SYDNEY -- Australia's new government-backed film and TV agency, Screen Australia, opened for business Tuesday with the announcement of an interim management team that will run the agency until the board and still-unnamed CEO develop a permanent structure.

Formed by the merger of funding agency the Film Finance Corp., documentary production unit Film Australia and the Australian Film Commission, Screen Australia will provide development, production and marketing funding for the film and television production sector out of offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Lynne Maddock, who has been steering the merger for the past three months, remains the agency's interim chief executive. Chris Fitchett, the former CEO of the AFC, has been named executive director of production support and investment.

Former FFC evaluations manager Tait Brady is executive director of marketing support and promotion, and Fiona Cameron is the director of strategy and operations. Simon Konecny has been named of head of legal affairs and Catherine Water, who previously ran the AFC's co-production division, will rotate with Alex Sangston in the role of head of the producer offset and co-production.

Each of the former agencies' existing programs will continue until the end of the year.