What is the Screen Makers Lab?

The Screen Makers Lab is joint venture between the screen culture organisation the Media Resource Centre, and community broadcaster Channel 44. It takes the form of a one-day series of intensive masterclasses led by top Australian TV creators, designed to encourage the creation of studio-based entertainment television.

South Australian-based Lab participants will also be eligible to take part in the Out of the Box Initiative. More on this below.

When and where will the Screen Makers Lab be held?

The Screen Makers Lab will take place on Sunday 28 July (the day after the Screen Makers Conference ends). It will be held at the Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St, Adelaide SA 5000.

If I have a ticket to the Screen Makers Conference can I get into the Screen Makers Lab?

No. The Screen Makers Lab and the Screen Makers Conference are separately ticketed events. A ticket to the Screen Makers Conference will not permit access to the Screen Makers Lab.

Do you need to attend the Screen Makers Conference in order to attend the Screen Makers Lab?

Absolutely not! The Screen Makers Lab is an entirely different event covering new content to that explored in the Screen Makers Conference. You can attend both if you’d like, but if you wish to only attend Screen Makers Lab that is also perfectly fine. TV newbies welcome!

Who will be presenting at the Screen Makers Lab?

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

  • Guesswork TV’s Todd Abbott (Micallef Tonight, Rove Live, Gruen Transfer, Nanette, Get Krack!n’, Hard Quiz, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering)
  • Marion Farrelly, Producer (Celebrity Apprentice, X Factor, Dancing with the Stars, Ready Steady Cook and co-creator of Q&A)
  • ABC’s Julie Hanna (Back In Time for Dinner, Anh’s Brush with Fame, Ask the Doctor)
  • Sarah Thornton, Executive Producer of Ten’s The Project
  • Adrian Swift, Nine Network (Wide World of Sports, Getaway)
  • Caroline Spencer, Fremantle Media (Masterchef, Great Australian Bake Off, Recipe to Riches)
  • Nick Murray, CJZ (Go Back to Where You Came From, Gruen)
  • Susie Jones, SBS
  • Courtney Gibson, CEO, South Australian Film Corporation
  • Lauren Hillman, General Manager, Channel 44

As you can see, it’s a star-studded lineup, so you’ll be learning from the best in the biz! You can read their full bios on the Lab page of the Screen Makers Conference website.

What sort of show formats will be discussed at the Screen Makers Lab?

The kinds of show formats that will be discussed include chat, dating, game, variety, talk, talent, panel, and cooking. Think studio-based entertainment.

Do you have to have TV production experience in order to attend?

No – newbies welcome! Anyone and everyone are eligible to attend the Screen Makers Lab. We want to see you whether you have had years of experience or no experience at all. If you have fresh ideas, an interest in TV and a passion for entertainment, come along. This could be an ideal point from which to pivot into a new career or creative direction.

How much does entry into the Screen Makers Lab cost?

A ticket to the Screen Makers Lab costs AUD $90 + GST. (An absolute bargain for an intensive day of masterclasses with leading Australian TV creatives and executives!) You can click straight through to the registration form here.

What is the Out of the Box Initiative?

The Out of the Box Initiative is an exciting opportunity for South Australian-based delegates attending the Screen Makers Lab. Once the day is finished, they will have up to 6 weeks to work on and develop a concept for a studio-based program. This will then be submitted in an expression of interest and will be assessed by a panel of industry professional judges. The judges will select up to four of the most promising proposals based on their distinctive qualities, entertainment value, and commercial viability. These four finalist projects will be supported through an extended development phase, and one team will be selected to receive AUD $15,000 cash and approximately AUD $15,000 in-kind support including ABC studio hire, equipment and facilities along with mentoring. This funding and resources will be put towards creating and producing a TV pilot of the initial concept, which will then be broadcast on Channel 44. The winning team will be provided with an invaluable broadcast credit and a completed pilot episode of their concept which can then be used for further pitching to networks. Read more about Out of the Box funding guidelines here.

 What do I need to bring to the Screen Makers Lab?

All you need to bring to the Lab is some fresh ideas, a willingness to learn, and a positive attitude for the day. You can also bring some note taking materials if you so wish. Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea will be provided.

I’m keen to come! How can I book my place?

Jump straight to the registration form here.

Author: Brennan Lockwood