Press 09.09.21

AUSFILM ELECTS TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS ANIMAL LOGIC’S EMMA DRUMMOND AND KOJO STUDIOS’ DALE ROBERTS



Ausfilm has appointed Emma Drummond, Group Head of Legal and Business Affairs at Animal Logic, and Dale Roberts, Managing Director at KOJO Studios, as members of the Ausfilm Board commencing in August 2021.

Sam Mostyn, Chair of the Ausfilm Board, said: “Emma has exceptional broad sector experience, across government and commercial roles, operating across global jurisdictions in the media, tech and entertainment industries, and brings a wealth of insight across business affairs and government incentive programs. Dale is a creative and strategic business executive who has been integral in the growth and success of KOJO Studios over the past two decades. Both bring a great deal of experience and expertise to the Ausfilm Board.”

Emma is a dual-qualified lawyer with international experience in the creative industries. Emma has worked in a variety of different sectors in Australia and the UK spanning international film and TV financing, animation and visual effects, intellectual property, media and technology, banking and finance, and commercial law.

Emma holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Business with a specialisation in International Business from University of Technology, Sydney.  Emma is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is in the process of obtaining her MBA (Executive) from the AGSM at the University of NSW.

“Ausfilm’s work is culturally and economically important to the ongoing sustainability of Australia’s creative industries in a competitive global marketplace. I am honoured to be appointed to the Ausfilm Board so that I can use my knowledge and experience to support the valuable work of Ausfilm and its members.”

Emma Drummond, Group Head of Legal and Business Affairs, Animal Logic
Courtesy of Animal Logic

Dale Roberts has been a director and board member at KOJO Studios since first joining the company in 1996 and is now one of the company’s key drivers of its broad business interests through film & TV, brand marketing, and sport. Dale is also an award-winning film editor and has held numerous senior management positions at KOJO Studios over the past 25 years. He was appointed Managing Partner in June 2011, CEO in January 2013, and in July 2019 was appointed Managing Director.

Dale is a member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), a global network of CEOs with approximately 24,000 members across 130 countries, where he represents Australia and New Zealand on the Global Sports & Entertainment Network.

“I am grateful to join the Ausfilm Board as a representative of the members and to champion our screen industry on the international stage. I hope to provide some insight and experience into how our members are evolving their business strategies and operating models to be best placed to flourish in the years ahead.”

Dale Roberts, Managing Director, KOJO Studios
Courtesy of KOJO Studios

Ausfilm thanks departing Ausfilm Board Members, Deputy Chair Zareh Nalbandian, CEO of Animal Logic who contributed 9 years to the Ausfilm Board, and Tony Clark, Managing Director at Rising Sun Pictures, who served 12 years on the Ausfilm Board. Ausfilm also farewells Willie Rowe, former CEO of Screenwest from the Ausfilm Board after serving for three years.

Kate Marks, CEO of Ausfilm, said: “Tony and Zareh have been long-serving and valued supporters of the Australian film and TV industry, and as members of the Ausfilm Board. On behalf of Ausfilm Members, we sincerely thank them for their outstanding contribution, dedicated commitment to the membership of Ausfilm, the industry, Ausfilm’s governance and strategy, and the success of the organisation over many years.”

Ausfilm’s Board includes Sam Mostyn (Chair), John Hughes (Fox Studios Australia), Lynne Benzie (Village Roadshow Studios), Nerissa Kavanagh (Blackbird VFX), Emma Drummond (Animal Logic) and Dale Roberts (KOJO Studios), as well as Screen Agency Board Members Graeme Mason (Screen Australia), Caroline Pitcher (Film Victoria), Grainne Brunsdon (Screen NSW), Kylie Munnich (Screen Queensland), Rikki Lea Bestall (Screenwest) and Kate Croser (South Australian Film Corporation).

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