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Enterprise People - Rideback Targeted Placements

Screen Australia presents an opportunity for screen creatives (writers, directors, producers, animators and/or developers) to undertake a six month placement at Rideback in Los Angeles.

Rideback, formerly known as Lin Pictures, produces premium film and television content for global audiences. Projects include LEGO, Sherlock Holmes, and IT, as well as the upcoming live-action Aladdin for Disney.

Screen Australia will support one emerging and one mid-career creative of drama/fictional content. Screen creatives from First Nations Australian and diverse/underrepresented communities or backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful applicants will gain invaluable professional experience which will help to develop their careers and contribute wider benefits to the Australian screen industry upon return from the placement.


The aims of the initiative are to:

  • Provide an international, professional experience to build the skills, knowledge and perspective of Australian screen creatives that will help them build careers and provide benefit to the wider Australian screen industry.
  • Promote the business opportunities and commercial benefits of gender equity, and diversity and inclusion.


Up to $50,000 is available per applicant to cover any costs such as US Visa requirements, travel, accommodation, transport and other living expenses.

Screen Australia and Rideback will select up to two placements. Each placement will have a bespoke professional development plan which may include; read and evaluate feature film and TV scripts; write coverage and script notes; conduct creative and market research; participate in creative meetings, studio meetings and pitch meetings; assist with drafting pitch documents; production-related tasks.


One emerging creative with some relevant industry experience. In recognition of the barriers that have faced under-represented communities finding professional pathways into the screen industry, applicants who do not have screen industry experience but who can evidence the relevant skills and potential in order to take advantage of screen industry career opportunities will also be considered.

One mid-career creative with at least one credit in their respective role on a long form one-off or series drama or who can demonstrate experience and skill in their area of expertise.

Applicants must be available to start the placement in mid-July for six months and be able to qualify for a US Visa. Applicants will also need to meet Screen Australia’s Terms of Trade.

For the purpose of these guidelines, Screen Australia and Rideback are particularly interested in seeing applications from people who identify as First Nations Australian, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, are living with disability, and/or are trans/gender diverse.


Applications close Friday, 24 May 2019 and can be made through the Enterprise People program: applicants will need to select the “Career Placements” option, followed by “Targeted Placement Initiative” in the application form.

Materials include:

  • Application form that includes a 4-minute pitch or 3-page written pitch
  • Applicant CV
  • A letter of support from an industry leader. The letter should come from someone who has worked or collaborated with you in a related role. For example, a production company, broadcaster, festival, publisher, agent, distributor, theatre company, community arts or community cultural development organisation. The letter needs to outline what they perceive as your strengths and potential, as well as your potential contribution and impact on the Australian screen industry overall – maximum 1 page.

For assessing, shortlisted applicants will need to deliver a script report on a script that will be provided over 8-9th June.

Assessment criteria:

  • How does the applicant and the opportunity reflect the aims of the initiative?
  • Why is the applicant at a stage of their career in terms of experience and success to take advantage of this opportunity? Or, how does the applicant evidence the relevant skills and potential to be able to take advantage of this opportunity?
  • Are the applicant’s career goals and ambitions a good match for this initiative?
  • How will the initiative benefit the applicant’s career and the Australian screen industry more broadly?

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, 14 June 2019.

Recommendations will be made to an internal committee comprised of the Screen Australia CEO, COO and Head of Content. Final decisions will be made through this committee in consultation with Rideback.

If successful, applicants must be eligible for an appropriate US Visa.

For any enquiries, please contact the Program Operations team on 1800 507 901 or email Enterprise.