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Sustainability Top Tips from GreenShoot Pacific

Introducing the experts in Sustainable Production Management, GreenShoot Pacific supplies the industry with best-practice tips, guidance and news on how to run an environmentally sustainable event.

The Carbon Tax has been introduced this month in Australia, and the event industry may start to feel the effect - through the cost of mains power and potentially an increased ‘cost to throw’ in some regions. We may see more venues charge electricity consumption as an outgoing. Now’s the time to take action to reduce your ‘carbon tax exposure’ by conserving energy and reducing waste volumes.

Top Tips
Energy Conservation

  • Use equipment which is ‘energy efficient’ or has a reduced electricity demand.
  • Ask sound and lighting hire to provide LED lighting and energy efficient sound equipment.
  • Exhibitions should have low energy lighting (eg halogen or LED) as standard provision to shell schemes and have exhibitors ‘opt in’ to high energy lighting (eg flood lights) at a premium cost.  

For more tips and information on how to reduce the environmental impact of your next event, call GreenShoot pacific on +61 403 867 548 or visit their website www.greenshootpacific.com



Stage and Screen Travel have new General Manager

Stage and Screen Travel has appointed Tiziano Galipo as its new General Manager.

Tiziano has taken over from Sue Garrett, who has accepted a role with Stage's parent company Flight Centre Limited in her home country South Africa.

Having been a part of the Stage family for over six years in his National Sales and Operations role, Tiziano brings to the General Manager's position an in depth understanding of the industry, the brand and its clients. He has more than 15 years travel industry experience, which includes roles across the entertainment, corporate and retail travel industries as well as hotel sales.

Tiziano officially started the role on August 13th.



Deluxe and Omnilab Media Agree for Deluxe to Acquire Omnilab Media’s Creative and Media Services Business Units

Deluxe Australia, a subsidiary of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., and Omnilab Media  have announced that an agreement has been reached whereby Deluxe Australia will acquire Omnilab's Creative and Media Services businesses, including the well-known brands of Iloura, Digital Pictures, Cornerpost, Flagstaff, Boffswana and PAX Entertainment.  

The acquisition will deliver an augmented suite of services for Deluxe’s Australian clients including expanded visual effects, design and broadcast post production services in Sydney and Melbourne, life-cycle library management, digital asset management, file-based mastering, archiving, DVD and Blu-ray authoring.  


The Sapphires Producer Recreates WWI for ABC TV


The Sapphires producer Kylie d u Fresne (The Sapphires, Lockie Leonard) is creating another surprising, untold story of Australians at war for ABCC TV. The telemovie An Accidental Soldier, which Kylie will produce with Sue Taylor (The Tree, 3 Acts of Murder) begins filming in Perth on Monday 3 September.

Director, Rachel Ward (The Straits, Rake, My Place, Beautiful Kate) has asemmbled a stellar international cast. French actress Marie Bunel stars alongside Dan Spielman (Offspring, Darwin’s Brave New World). Supporting actors include Australian film and television legend Bryan Brown (The Good Wife, Breaker Morant) and Julia Zemiroo (Lowdown, Conspiracy 365).

An Accidental Soldier is based on the book Silent Parts by John Charalambous and research into the stories of Australian soldiers in Normandy during WWI. It follows the wartime story of a baker in the ANZAC service corps who makes an extraordinary decision and finds an unexpected love.

The telemovie was developed and financed under the Primetime Television Production Fund between ABC Television and ScreenWest.



Harvest brings community garden to life through interactive online series


A community garden and meeting place is the subject of an innovative new SBS Online documentary, launched by the West Australian Government.

Eight-part web series Harvest is a joint digital media production initiative by SBS and ScreenWest and follows the inspirational story of Bentley Community Garden in Perth’s suburbs, from empty lot to first harvest.

Harvest explores the history of the public housing estate where the garden is built and the hopes invested in it by the community who live there, following the personal journeys of eight of the gardeners involved, before the series culminates in a first harvest celebratory feast.

Harvest presents an opportunity for the SBS online audience to recreate their own harvest journey on Facebook with an eight-week growing guide.

This is one of the first projects to be supported through ScreenWest’s Digital Funding Program and was a winner of the prestigious 2011 X|Media|Lab Development Award worth $20,000.

To view the the Harvest facebook page visit www.facebook.com/SBSHarvest


Screen Australia’s Matthew Deaner to head up SPAA


The Screen Producers Association of Australia has announced Matthew Deaner as the organisation’s new executive director.

Most recently the manager of strategy and research at Screen Australia, Deaner replaces Geoff Brown, who announced his departure in December.Before Screen Australia, Deaner was at the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association as manager of legal, policy and industry development.

Brian Rosen, president of SPAA, said: “We are at an important cross roads and are thrilled that Matthew will be leading the organisation through this next critical phase.” he added.

Deaner said: “Independent producers are responsible for creating the finest and most successful Australian content – whether that be feature film, television or digital media. Their work is not only key to the ambitions of the Government’s cultural objectives, it is key to the business success of traditional and emerging content distribution platforms.”

Of Brown’s departure, Rosen said: “We are sad to see Geoff retire but look forward to celebrating his substantial contribution to the industry at the upcoming SPAA Conference.”

Deaner’s official first day will be the first day of the SPAA Conference on 12 November.

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Mark Gooder Joins The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Company (TWC) have announced the hiring of Mark Gooder as President of Acquisitions/ Australian Operations. Mark joins TWC from Icon Productions where he served as CEO for the last six years. The announcement was made by TWC COO David Glasser.

Since 2006, Gooder served as CEO of Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey’s L.A.-based Icon Productions. He started Icon Australia in 2000 and built the business into one of the leading independent distributors in Australia.

While at Icon, he acquired films such as: Gosford Park, Bend it Like Beckham, Far From Heaven, The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire, Paranormal Activity, Precious, Crash, Once, LA Vie En Rose, Diving Bell and The Butterfly, The Iron Lady, and Beasts of The Southern Wild.

Prior to TWC, Yazdi worked for Universal Pictures International and acquired titles including Troll Hunter, A Dangerous Method, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Step Up 3D and The Raven. Guando has spent 8 years with TWC and has been responsible for key acquisitions including Blue Valentine, Sarah's Key, Undefeated, Bully and The Artist. In addition to Quartet, Haute Cuisine and The Sapphires, together at TWC, they have acquired War of the Buttons, The Intouchables, Popylaire and This Must be the Place.

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Production News

Iloura Completes work on WWII feature Film Emperor

Iloura has recently wrapped  VFX on Krasnoff /Foster Entertainment in association with United Performers Studio's  latest feature film Emperor. Directed by Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring; Hannibal Rising) and shot in New Zealand and Japan, Emperor is a love story set amidst the tensions and uncertainties of the days immediately following the surrender of the Japanese at the end of World War II.

Iloura provided on-set VFX supervision for the shoot in both New Zealand and Japan and primarily delivered shots of a war ravaged Tokyo. Over 40 artists were assigned to the Emperor project delivering 100 VFX shots including 3D matte paintings, BG enhancements, green screen compositing and CG planes.

This follows Iloura’s recent involvement with international box office success Ted (directed by Seth MacFarlane) and Sony Columbia’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
Emperor  stars Matthew Fox (Lost; Speed Racer) and  Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones (Men in Black; Camptain America: The First Avenger). 
 To view Iloura’s work visit: http://www.iloura.com.au/film/


Congratulations to The Sapphires

The Sapphires has taken $9.56 million at the box office; this marks The Sapphires as the biggest Australian film of the year.

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