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Setting Up and Building a Screen Business

Screen Producers Australia in partnership with Screen Tasmania is presenting the national Business Essentials full day workshop in Hobart on Friday, 11 August. The course will feature special guest speaker Andrew Walker, one of Australia’s busiest drama and narrative comedy producers who has been involved in countless productions including RosehavenThe Kettering Incident and The Family Law. Andrew will discuss the art of freelance producing in a Q&A session with SPA's Owen Johnston. Additional speakers include Screen Producers Australia’s Owen Johnston and Mark Donaldson who will share their extensive legal and industrial policy expertise.

SPA Business Essentials is presented in association with AFTRS and covers the commercial framework in which producers must operate. The course is designed to provide you with the essential information to start, develop and grow a film and television business.

The workshop includes the following modules:

Legal Business Essentials 

  • Copyright and Purchasing rights for program exploitation
  • Chain of Title
  • Fair Use
  • Rights covered by industry agreements
  • Music rights
  • Production contracts, financing contracts
  • Distribution and licensing agreements
  • Location agreements and product clearances

Accounting Business Essentials 

  • Legal structure of business
  • Legal structure of production
  • Tax structures
  • Tax Incentives and Concessions
  • Business Planning

Project Financial Management Business Essentials 

  • Budget management
  • Cost Reports
  • Completion bonds
  • Production Investment Agreements
  • Tax Offset borrowing
  • Payroll tax
  • Cashflow
  • Fringes
  • Accounting systems

Employment Rights & Responsibilities

  • Employment Law
  • SPA's Industrial Agreements
  • Cast & Crew Contracts
  • Workplace Health & Safety


  • Film Package Insurance
  • Error and Omissions
  • Essential Elements
  • Extra Expenses
  • Public Liability

View the course outline


DATE: Friday 11 August, 2017

TIME: 08.30am to 5.00pm
VENUE: RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel, 154-156 Collins St, Hobart TAS 7000
INCLUDES: Morning & Afternoon Tea


SPA Members: $150.00  |  Guild Members: $180.00  |  Full Price: $200

Registration is essential and spaces are limited.

To register, follow this link.

To receive the SPA members special discount, select ENROL on the AFTRS booking page, and choose SPA member registrant type.

Presented by Screen Producers Australia and the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

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For lawyers attending the Business Essentials Workshop:
Seminars and other CPD activities are not accredited by The Law Society of New South Wales. Under the CPD Rules, if SPA’s Business Essentials Workshop is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one “unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.


Jenny Lalor has been working in legal and business affairs in film and television for more years than she cares to admit.  Whilst living in London between 1990 and 2000, she worked for the BBC, Carlton Television and Tiger Aspect Productions (including on Billy Elliot and The Animated Mr. Bean).  Returning to Melbourne in late 2000, she has worked on a variety of film and television projects, including Jindabyne, Rise of the Eco Warriors, Crawlspace, Get Ace, RocKwiz, Wilfred, 52 Tuesdays, The Space Between.  She now has her own practice specializing in entertainment law and provides executive producing services on a range of projects, including The Space Between, Rise of the Eco Warriors, the indigenous animation series Little J & Big Cuz,  and the pre-school animation series “DirtGirlWorld”, winner of the 2013 Digital Program: Children and Young People International Emmy.  She was a Television Councillor on the Screen Producers Association of Australia for over five years, and is currently on the board of Open Channel. Her practice was the winner of the 2013 SPA Services and Facilities Business of the Year Award, and she was named as one of the most influential people in Australian television (The Age and SMH 28 September 2015).

Owen Johnston has worked for Screen Producers Australia for over a decade in both policy and industrial relations. Owen has produced feature films, documentaries, television drama, and commercials and is a former Director of Film Development and Marketing at the Australian Film Commission.

Mark Donaldson is our Manager, Business & Legal Affairs. Mark provides legal and research support, and assists in the development of policy campaigns and the negotiation of industrial and commercial agreements.