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Writer/producer Deb Cox giving the keynote speech at Wednesday’s launch of THRIVE. Photo Jeff Dawson

It takes more than just a good idea to get your film or television project produced, was the advice that was shared by experienced local screen producers at the launch of Screenworks’ professional development program THRIVE in Bangalow on Wednesday.

One of the guest speakers, writer/producer Deb Cox (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) shared stories of her career highlights and challenges.

‘When I read through the aims for THRIVE, I was struck by how clearly and intelligently it’s managed to pull together the strategic approach to screen production that it’s taken me nearly all my career – and many years of trial and error to arrive at,’ Deb explained

Independent producer and Screenworks Chairperson Lois Randall explained ‘The aim of THRIVE is to give local practitioners the information, models and partners they need to produce screen product locally which resonates with local and national audiences alike, and which is also competitive in the global market.’

Ballina MP Don Page launched THRIVE and acknowledged the importance of investing in an industry that has the capacity to increase job opportunities and economic growth.

Mr Page said the Northern Rivers creative industries sector had the highest creative industry employment growth in NSW at 5.1 percent, which was more than double the growth rate in Sydney for the period 1996 to 2006. In 2006 the creative industries accounted for $72 million earnings in our region.

Screenworks THRIVE includes seminars, workshops, a forum and an ‘incubator’, which will be held throughout the Northern Rivers over the next two years and is open to all committed screen practitioners.

The first event on May 31 is a three-hour evening seminar on concept development with Helen Bowden and Belinda Chayko of Matchbox pictures (The Slap). ‘Matchbox Pictures are industry stars and we are fortunate to have such an accomplished producer and writer team to inform and inspire us.’ said Screenworks General Manger Jill Moonie.

 


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