#SMC19 has officially sold out but tickets are on sale now for the Screen Makers Lab. Held on Sunday 28 July, the Screen Makers Lab will be taking place the day after the Screen Makers Conference at the same location, the Mercury Cinema. The Screen Makers Lab is its own event, and thus is ticketed separately to the conference.

The Screen Makers Lab will provide a comprehensive deep dive into various entertainment formats including dating, game, variety, talk, and talent shows. Network executives will share their professional insight on what kind of programming the industry is after, along with the factors that make for top rated television content.

Some of the industry professionals you can expect to meet and hear from at the Screen Makers Lab include:

  • Guesswork TV’s Todd Abbott
  • Marion Farrelly, Producer
  • ABC’s Julie Hanna
  • Sarah Thornton, Executive producer of The Project
  • Caroline Spencer, Fremantle Media
  • SBS TV’s Susie Jones
  • Nick Murray, CJZ.

These entertainment producers and network executives will provide intensive masterclasses into how to structure a studio-based format and how to put it together. They will also share their tried and tested beliefs on the pre-requisites for success – along with practical considerations such as financing, budgeting, scheduling, the value of on-screen talent, crewing and working with live audiences.

If you have ever had an interest in studio-based TV concepts and production, then the Screen Makers Lab presents a golden opportunity to learn from the best in the biz. The day will be jam-packed, running from 9am to 5pm, including a catered networking lunch.

Screen Makers Lab participants based in South Australia will also be eligible for the exciting opportunity to develop a concept and submit an Expression of Interest for the Out of the Box Funding Initiative. This opportunity will open in early August and will run through till late September. The information gathered from the Screen Makers Lab will be integral to creating a successful application, which will then be judged by a panel of industry professionals. This panel will assess proposals on their distinctive qualities, entertainment value, and commercial viability.

An extended development phase will take place after initial judging, with up to four successful proposals. From these four finalists, the most viable will be selected to receive AUD $15,000 cash and approximately $15,000 in-kind support including ABC studio hire, equipment and facilities and mentoring. From this, the completed pilot will be broadcast on Channel 44, providing the winning applicant with an invaluable broadcast credit. This completed pilot can then be used to pitch to other networks.

If you think this opportunity is for you, then we urge you to take the important first step in making your dreams a reality. Register for a ticket to the Screen Makers Lab now!


Author: Brennan Lockwood