Screen Producers Australia has confirmed the councilors to helm the trade association for the 2019-20 year Friday (Nov. 1) at its Annual General Meeting in Sydney.
The council is comprised of producer members from across the feature film, television, documentary, immersive media and animation sectors, as well as members from service and facilities businesses.
Michael Tear (pictured left), managing director of WildBear Entertainment, will serve as president. Barbara Stephen (right), managing director of Flying Bank Productions, takes on the role of vice president.
“The SPA Council will continue to oversee our policy strategy on behalf of screen businesses and reflect their divergent interests. It is important that the industry pull together to speak with a singular voice and to advocate from a position of strength,” Tear said in a statement.
New council members this year include: Ed Punchard, managing director of Prospero Productions; John Hughes, head of Fox Studios Australia; Jenni Tosi, managing director at Princess Pictures; and Dan Read, CEO of Film Finances Australasia.
Joining for the first time as advisors to council are: Rebecca Summerton , producer and director at Closer Productions; Tracey Vieira, CEO of Screen Queensland; and Suzanne Ryan, CEO and executive producers at SLR Productions.
Returning council members are Amy Noble, FremantleMedia Australia’s head of legal and business affairs, and David Redman, CEO and co-founder of Instinct Entertainment.
Brindle Films co-founder Rachel Clements and independent producer Stuart Menzies return as advisors to council.