The ACT Screen Industry Association (ACTSIA) is very pleased to announce the appointment of David Court as the new Chair of the Board. Dr Court replaces long- serving Chair Scott Chamberlain, who will remain on the board going forward. Dr Court co-authored the 2010 review of the New Zealand Film Commission with Sir Peter Jackson, and is the Subject Leader of Screen Business at Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

CEO Monica Penders said, “We are very lucky to have someone with David’s knowledge chairing our organisation. His considerable business leadership skills, industry links and connections will be a huge asset as the organisation continues to expand and develop.”

ACTSIA also welcomes the appointment of Sandra Sdraulig AM to its board. Ms Sdraulig has over twenty years of experience as a film and TV executive, including nine years as CEO of Film Victoria. In 2012 Ms Sdraulig was awarded an Order of Australia for her leadership and contribution to the Australian screen industry.

“Sandra brings extensive experience to our board, and I am confident her expertise will further strengthen ACTSIA’s position as a industry leader. I also look forward to working with our entire board cohort, and would like to thank retiring member Tania Chambers for her significant contribution,” said Ms Penders.

Completing the seven-member board are John Frohlich, Michael Tear, Peter Bayliss and John L Simpson.

The new board appointments come at a time of significant growth in the ACT screen sector. Television series The Code and Secret City have put Canberra on the world stage, and feature film Joe Cinque’s Consolation opened nationally this month after a strong showing at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). These success stories demonstrate the continued evolution of the ACT into a viable and exciting new production hub that offers growing job and business opportunities.

“This is a important time for the ACT screen industry,” said Ms Penders. “ACTSIA was established in 2013 to bring a strategic focus to local support of screen, and since that time we have overseen a substantial increase in commercial output of real quality.”

ACTSIA has delivered ScreenACT (the ACT office of Film, Television and Digital Media) on behalf of the ACT government since July 2014. The organisation will be reviewing its long-term strategy later this year, and looks forward to continuing its strong relationship with the ACT government as it drives towards a stronger more innovative screen sector.

For more information please contact Monica Penders, CEO of ACTSIA:

P: (02) 6162 5172

M: 0437 045 706

E: monica.penders@screenact.com.au Editor’s Note:

The ACT Screen Industry Association (ACTSIA) is a membership-based organisation that represents and supports the ACT screen industry. ACTSIA delivers ScreenACT, the ACT Office of Film TV and Digital Media, on behalf of the ACT Government.