News 28.03.18

South Australian Film Corporation announces Courtney Gibson as CEO



The South Australian Film Corporation today announced leading industry figure Courtney Gibson as the new CEO of the SAFC.

An accomplished leader in the Australian screen industry, Courtney Gibson has worked at a senior executive level across both television (Nine Network, ABC TV, SBS) and film (Screen NSW) and with leading production companies Southern Star Entertainment and most recently as Managing Director of Jungle Entertainment. She has commissioned, financed and produced many thousands of hours of prime-time screen content across a diverse range of scripted and non-scripted genres.

In her position as Chief Executive of Screen NSW, Gibson significantly increased levels of production in the state, introduced a game-changing, world-leading gender equity initiative and attracted numerous major international film and TV productions. Looking to the future of the industry, she introduced a groundbreaking Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality development program.

Chair of the SAFC Board John Hill said “South Australia is proud to have attracted someone of Courtney Gibson’s calibre to head the South Australian Film Corporation. She has a proven track record in delivering industry growth, securing local and international production and launching agenda-setting initiatives, all of which result in jobs and economic impact.”

Courtney Gibson said: “With the state’s unique new 10% PDV rebate, and the SAFC’s recent move to a 100% grant production funding model, there’s never been a better state or time to produce content than in South Australia, right now. We can build an even stronger production base here – SA continues to be the lead state backing innovation and creativity – and I look forward to working with the local industry as well as producers and partners from the rest of Australia and the world.”

She takes over the role from Annabelle Sheehan and will commence on Tuesday April 3.

Read the full media release here.