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Film & TV Export Market Masterclass
The Mischief Sisters
The Mischief Sisters
DIRECTOR OF FILM FUNDING
PROGRAM MANAGER, CO-PRODUCTION
Lara Von Ahlefeldt
Sydney Film Production Company Pty Ltd T/As Sydney Films
INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL
Screen Producers Australia
Monica is an experience Executive Producer and Showrunner across many genres, including Factual, Drama and Children’s Entertainment. Over the past 10 years Monica has worked with Ambience Entertainment in production and development across a broad slate of programming resulting in the production of over 4500 hours of Family Entertainment. These productions have been broadcast on ABC, Seven Network, Nine Network, Network TEN along with International Networks. Prior to joining Ambience, Monica worked in both the commercial and government sectors. Including Spinifex Interactive, as Producer/Director, Screentime as Producer, Emerald Films as Producer and Film Finance Corporation as Recoupment Analyst.
Alison specializes in documentaries that can make a difference. She made the Logie winning Choir of Hard Knocks whilst at the ABC, and has recently completed a Churchill Fellowship that researched engaging and accessible documentaries that can bring about social change. She created and developed two series of Changing Minds for the ABC, whilst at Northern Pictures. It was the first series in Australia where television cameras were allowed into locked mental health wards. The series were Aacta and Walkley nominated, and described by the Sydney Morning Herald as surely one of the most important programs in the history of Australian television. Through the Mischief Sisters, along with business partner Maz Farrelly she mentors and runs workshops on pitching and development. She’s a member of the AIDC Advisory committee, an external assessor for Screen Queensland and sits on many industry panels.
The Mischief Sisters was formed to exploit the creative talents of media heavyweights, Marion Farrelly and Alison Black. Between them, they have show run some of the biggest TV brands in the world in three territories – the USA, UK and Australia. Marion ‘Maz’ Farrelly and Alison Black are TV chalk and cheese. In the smart chalk corner, Alison Black – you know those blue chip documentaries you watch that change Government policy, start national conversations and help shape society? Alison makes those. In the broad appeal cheese corner, Maz Farrelly – you know those ratings juggernauts you can’t seem to avoid watching, even though you don’t want to? Maz makes those guilty pleasures. Between them, they have most genres covered. They’re called The Mischief Sisters because they like to approach everything they do with a creative sense of mischief, turning ideas on their heads and delivering surprising and innovative results every time. Both former BBC Executives and Development Specialists, Maz and Alison met on The Farmer Wants A Wife, not romantically, sis years ago and have been collaborating creatively ever since.
With 20 years senior media management experience in content investment, acquisition, sales and marketing – plus ancillary rights exploitation - Sharon Ramsay-Luck is able to offer producers meaningful guidance on distribution options and considerations. Having managed the global distribution operations for both the SBS and ABC, Sharon’s experience with traditional international broadcasters and emerging platforms has equipped her with valuable insights and knowledge to share with producers to assist them in making the best decisions to optimise the lifecycle and returns from their productions.
Navigating funding for screen and creative arts can be a difficult and lengthy process, Celeste can make this a reality. Celeste Blewitt, as Director of Film Funding at Avant Group is an expert in navigating the grant process and partners with creative businesses to achieve optimal funding solutions. With over 10 years’ extensive experience in the film and television industry, working in costume and styling, Celeste has a deep understanding of the creative process and the needs of producers and creators. Celeste has transferred this vast knowledge in her work with Avant Group. Celeste works in a team at Avant Group with Kate Whitehead and together they represent one of the top advisor teams in the sector. Celeste seeks funding solutions for creators to take advantage of Australian Government funding opportunities. This expedites the funding process and allows creatives to apply their skills where it counts best, creating, telling stories and making film and television.
Colleen manages Australia’s international co-production program at Screen Australia.
The Co-production Program was established to encourage production and foster relationships between international filmmakers from partner countries. Australia has agreements with twelve countries and Colleen works with producers and competent authorities around the world to facilitate official co-productions. An official co-production is considered a ‘national’ project of each country which means the producers can take advantage of the incentives provided to national films in their country.
Lara von Ahlefeldt brings 25 years’ experience in international programme sales, co-productions and financing in the Factual and Entertainment genres including formats and is currently Executive Consultant for Raydar Media, an independent UK financing, production and distribution business working with UK producers and broadcasters including BBC, CBeebies, Channel 4 and Sky Arts with titles including We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, Reggie Yates: Extreme series’ and The Seven Ages of Elvis to name a few
Previously heading up the international programme sales division of SBS Television, Lara has since launched Sauce Group in Australia, a bespoke international sales consultancy and distribution business executive producing local content for international media partners and platforms primarily into the US, UK and Asia.
Raydar Media along with Sauce Group are genre agnostic preferring to focus on bringing compelling stories to the screen through working with the producers and rights owners on a bespoke end to end strategy.
Bridget is an award-winning screen producer with a focus on scripted narrative film and television. Her latest feature film ‘THE BUTTERFLY TREE’ starring Melissa George, Ewen Leslie, Ed Oxenbould and Sophie Lowe, directed by Priscilla Cameron, recently had its international premiere at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival. Earlier this year Bridget completed her Screen Producers Australia ‘Ones To Watch’ International Fellowship award placement with Stay Gold Features in New York (Patti Cake$, Beasts of No Nation, Hello My Name is Doris), where she was mentored by Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Kristen Konvits as they launched their $20m film fund, and developed projects such as Cary Fukunaga’s next project, The Joe Bell Story. Following her placement Bridget is continuing to build her company Midwinter Films as a development vehicle for long-form narrative projects. She is currently partnering with several producers and production companies on a slate of narrative feature films and television series. Bridget holds a Masters in Screen Business from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), where she was awarded the Foxtel New Media Innovation Prize. Bridget has a wide network of international and local financing and producing partners, in-depth knowledge of the international content marketplace and an extensive physical creative producing skillset.
Owen Johnston is a consultant on Industrial and Commercial Affairs. Owen negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of Screen Producers Australia with unions and guilds, provides industrial and commercial advice to members, consults on policy, and assists in the development and presentation of SPA’s business classes and seminar programs.