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Imagine Entertainment’s content accelerator program expands Down Under

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment has launched its global content accelerator Imagine Impact in Australia. Based in Melbourne, Impact Australia is the first incarnation of the Brian Grazer, Ron ...
February 21, 2020

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment has launched its global content accelerator Imagine Impact in Australia.

Based in Melbourne, Impact Australia is the first incarnation of the Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Tyler Mitchell development accelerator program outside of the U.S.

Australian writers can apply beginning on March 3 for the eight-week mentorship program, which will begin on June 8, 2020.

The goal is similar to the U.S. counterpart, to bring out fresh story perspectives and support writers while leveraging technology for direct access to the global entertainment marketplace. Creators will be partnered with some of the top screen and TV writers, dubbed ‘Shapers’ in the program, to prepare them for Pitch Day. Writers will have a stipend for moving to Melbourne and allow them to focus on the intensive program.

“The power of Imagine Impact is global and we’ve set our sights on bringing our innovative approach to discovering, cultivating and empowering creators to Australia,” said Tyler Mitchell, head of Imagine Impact. “The country is recognized for its robust film and television industry made up of a community who passionately support its creators. It was a natural move for expansion, and to have the support of Screen Australia and leading entertainment entities sets Impact Australia up for success.”

Launched in association with Gentle Giant Media Group and Screen Australia, the Australian version of Imagine Impact will be based in Melbourne, and is supported by principal partner Film Victoria. Other supporting bodies include Screen NSW, Screen Queensland, Screenwest, South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Territory, Screen Canberra and Screen Tasmania.

More information on the Australian development system can be found here.

Since launching Imagine Impact in the U.S., three programs have been successfully completed. The development program also boasts an alumni class of 72 creators, some with projects that have been picked up by Netflix, Legendary, Amblin Entertainment and/or signed by major agencies including WME, CAA, UTA, Verve, Anonymous Content, Management 360, and Lit Entertainment.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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