Programme 2020

Screenmakers Online 2020 


*Please Note: – PROGRAM TIMES are all ACST (please adjust to your region)

Wednesday 26 August  

09.30-09.35 am    –  Introduction & Welcome to Country

  • Tamaru Kartinyeri – Proud Kaurna Man

9:35  – 9.45 am      –  Official Opening

  • Karena Slaninka – CEO, Mercury CX
  • The Hon. David Pisoni MP – Minister for Innovation and Skills

09:45-09:50 am   Welcome & Housekeeping – Kath McIntyre, Program Director – SMC Connect

09.50-10.50 am      – In Conversation with Daina Reid – Director, Creator, Producer, Writer

Join Mercury CX CEO, Karena Slaninka for a behind the lens in-conversation with one of Australia’s most successful and prolific director’s Daina Reid, who is set to shoot Run Rabbit Run in South Australia next year. Get first-hand insight into her career trajectory, her craft and her incredible experience working in the U.S on The Handmaid’s Tale, (Hulu/SBS). 

11.00-12.15 pm       – State of the Screen Industry Panel

This industry virtual panel of leaders, green lighters, disrupters, and game changers will give you clarity around the current state of the industry, an overview of both the local and global landscape, from market trends and emergent opportunities to the benchmark of skill sets needed to succeed today and tomorrow.

Moderator – Kath McIntyre, Program Director – SMC Connect

  • Kate Croser – CEO, SAFC
  • Mike Jones – Head of Content & Development, Every Cloud Productions
  • Ella Macintyre – Head of Product, Mighty Kingdom
  • Kelrick Martin – Head of Indigenous, ABC
  • Sheila Jayadev – Emerald Productions
  • Lee Naimo – Senior Investment Manager Online – Screen Australia

02.00-4.00 pm          – UniSA Career Makers (30 min sessions between industry mentors and mentees)

3.30-4.30 pm             –  In Conversation with Pete McTighe –  Live from London UK

An intimate chat with acclaimed Executive Producer, Writer & Showrunner Pete McTighe (Dr Who, Discovery of Witches, Wentworth, Glitch, Nowhere Boys). Join Mercury CEO Karena Slaninka and discover the inspired career journey of Pete McTighe as the conversation delves not just into the strategy but the personal side of what it takes to succeed here and across the pond and how the two are more than ever connected.

4.30 – 4.50 pm           –  Hanlon Larsen Screen Fellowship Announcement

  • Karena Slaninka    – CEO, Mercury CX
  • Peter Hanlon          – Chair of The Board, SAFC
  • Dan Thorsland      –  Business Development Manager​, Flinders University

4.50 – 5.00 pm            – Day 1 Wrap – Kath McIntyre – Program Director, SMC Connect

Thursday 27 August  

10.00 – 10.05am  – Welcome Day 2  Kath McIntyre – Program Director, SMC Connect

10.05-12.00 pm  – ABC Pitch-o-rama Live (online pitching event, with a $15,000 development prize)

2.00-4.00 pm    – UniSA Career Makers (30 min sessions between industry mentors and mentees) 

4.00-5.20 pm    – Virtual Production Think Tank 

Lean into the brave new world of Virtual Production as cutting edge gaming technologies are starting to transform our industry. Where there is change there is an opportunity, so join us in taking a deep dive into this dynamic space. This is a panel of industry players who have all begun the planning, design and commercial modeling of the new push towards Virtual Production. This is not a technology showcase but more an open panel of highly experienced screen industry players who are all preparing for the next generation of digital filmmaking that is set to completely change how our productions are made. Our panelists will give insights into where they see virtual production sitting within their businesses and also discuss how virtual production will influence the development, financing, production planning, casting and delivery of projects that can substitute locations and character interaction like never before.

Welcome –  Sandy Cameron – Production Executive – Mercury CX

Moderator – Dale Roberts – Group Managing Director, Kojo

  • Meredith Meyer-Nichols – Bidding Producer, Rising Sun Pictures
  • Heath Ryan – Producer, Pace Pictures
  • Gena Ashwell – Producer, Dancing Road Productions
  • Dan Thorsland – Business Development Manager​, Flinders University
  • Bree Whitford Smith – Producer, ModelFarm

5.20-5.30 pm  – ABC Pitch-o-rama Winner Announced  & Conference Close

  • Karena Slaninka – CEO, Mercury CX
  • Brett Sleigh – Executive Producer, Drama & Comedy,  ABC

Taking all the learnings of the streaming world we are also excited to present an interactive, networking element that will support and enhance the conference program and give all delegates the opportunity to connect.