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Tales from Outer Suburbia

Sophie Byrne Producer

Sophie Byrne returned to Australia in 2002 after working as a Senior Animation Producer at the Oscar-winning studio Passion Pictures for 10 years. Now based in Melbourne, she focuses on developing extraordinary Australian IP and has several feature film, TV and digital media projects in various stages of development and production. She produced the 2011 Academy Award-winning animated short film The Lost Thing. In 2004, Sophie optioned Scarygirl, Nathan Jurevicius’s acclaimed cult concept. She has secured publishing deals (Allen & Unwin), limited edition toy ranges (Kidrobot) and gaming deals (Square Enix/Tik) and produced the multi-award winning online gaming prototype, which received over 1.5 million players worldwide. The feature film adaption, Arkie, is currently at market with John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) as Executive Producer with Odins Eye Entertainment handling international sales. In 2007 Sophie optioned Shaun Tan’s internationally acclaimed graphic novel The Arrival and has feature film in development with Studio 8, producer Nick Wechsler and director Andrew Adamson attached. She also has a high-end animated TV series based on Shaun Tan’s Tales From Outer Suburbia in development, with Lally Katz attached to write and is in development on award-winning Australian author, Julie Hunt’s graphic novel, KidGlovz.

Julia Adams Executive Producer

Since 2006, Julia Adams has acted as executive producer of hundreds of hours of live action and animated television, as well as multi-platform projects and games. Recent projects include: Jonathan M Shiff Productions’ international hit series Mako Mermaids, the first Netflix Original live action children’s series in the world. Series 3 will be launching on Netflix worldwide and Eleven in Australia in the first half of 2016. The Day My Butt Went Psycho, an 80 x 11 minute official Australian-Canadian co-production between Studio Moshi and Nelvana, for the Nine Network, ABC and Teletoon Canada. Reef Doctors, a 13 x 1 hour family adventure series from Jonathan M Shiff Productions for Network Ten and ZDF Germany. As an executive producer, Julia has a key role in sourcing and structuring local and international finance, liaising with State and Commonwealth screen agencies, and managing investor, broadcaster and distributor relationships. She also regularly attends international markets such as MIPCOM and Kidscreen. Julia is also a Partner at Shiff & Company Lawyers, where she is a legal advisor to numerous film, television, documentary, games and other digital media clients.

Shaun Tan Director

Shaun Tan grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the “good drawer”, which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works as an artist and author in Melbourne. Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Rules of Summer and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for animated films including Pixar’s WALL-E, and directed the Academy Award-winning short film The Lost Thing with Passion Pictures Australia. In 2011 he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children’s literature

Lally Katz Writer

Lally Katz is one of Australia’s most original and in-demand writers. Lally wrote the libretto for Opera Australia’s production of The Rabbits, which is touring international arts festivals now and over the coming years. Just recently she has had world premiere plays open at Malthouse, Belvoir, Melbourne Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of South Australia. Her plays have been staged in London, New York, Mexico City, Dublin and more. Her one-woman show, Stories I Want To Tell You, was just auspiced on an Indian tour by DFAT. The same play was adapted for ABC TV by Matchbox Pictures in 2015 and Lally wrote, produced and starred in it. Lally’s play, Neighbourhood Watch, was written for Australian actress Robyn Nevin and enjoyed a subsequent season starring Miriam Margolyes. Lally is currently adapting it for the screen with director Gillian Armstrong. A Golem Story and Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd both won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. A significant number of Lally’s plays are published by Currency Press, PlayLab and Australian Scripts Online. Lally regularly writes articles for magazines and newspapers and is a panellist on television shows including Q&A, Agony of Modern Manners and Dirty Laundry.

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