Graeme Mason to head up Screen Australia
Screen Australia has a new CEO, Graeme Mason, as confirmed by Tony Burke, the country’s minister for the arts. Mason joins from the New Zealand Film Commission where he has been CEO since 2009.
Based in Sydney, the government direct funding body provides support for filmmakers, television producers and digital media creatives. It was formed in 2008, having taken over from three other funding bodies, the Australian Film Commission, the Film Finance Corporation and Film Australia.
Mason is deemed a good fit for the role, seeing off well over 200 other candidates, and having over twenty years of international experience in film, TV and multimedia.
He has worked for government agencies, large US studios, a UK TV network, and independent producers, and across the acquisition and distribution sectors.
Screen Australia chair Glen Boreham said: “The board was extremely impressed by Graeme’s extensive commercial experience and his unique perspective on the need for a screen agency to create a bridge between industry and government, and a balance between culture and commerce.”
Mason, an Australian, will take up his new post in November, taking over from Ruth Harley. He said: “After so many years away I am delighted to be coming home to Australia to take on such an exciting role and to build on the great work of Ruth Harley and her team. I am really looking forward to working as part of the Australian screen industry to help tell our stories to domestic and global audiences and to continue to build a vibrant and sustainable screen sector.”