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Andrea Denholm Producer

Andrea Denholm is an experienced creative producer, executive producer and story producer of long-form narrative content. A partner in leading production company, Princess Pictures, Andrea has produced and executive produced drama, comedy and documentaries including The Divorce, It’s A Date series 1 and 2, Sporting Nation, Stand Up at Bella Union, Outland, Tripping Over, After the Deluge, Worst Best Friends and SeaChange. Andrea co-wrote a number of scripts for SeaChange and Tripping Over and believes that good producing demands a deep respect for writing talent and an understanding of the writing process. Andrea frequently performs a story producing role for emerging writers and mentors emerging producers. She was executive producer, story editor and mentor on 8MMM Aboriginal Radio, a co-production with Alice Springs based production company, Brindle Films. Andrea started her career as a corporate and finance lawyer in a large law firm. She moved into the screen industry first as a lawyer before becoming a producer. She has held senior executive roles in major production companies and has run small independent production companies. Andrea is currently a Director of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

Jessica Leslie Producer

Jessica Leslie is a producer currently working with Princess Pictures. She has worked on shows such as The Elephant Princess, Rush (S1) before moving onto the three series of Emmy-nominated series Dance Academy, where she co-produced the third and final series. She recently produced an ABC comedy pilot Bleak for Princess Pictures and is currently producing a one-hour documentary show for Princess Pictures and SBS.

Giula Sandler Writer

Giula Sandler is an experienced screenwriter whose feature film The Winter Child is in development with Producer Sam Jennings. Giula is currently writing on A Place to Call Home and Wentworth. In 2012 Giula took on the role of Development Executive in the drama division of Matchbox Pictures/NBC Universal. She also participated in Playmaker Media’s Scribe Showrunner Training Programme, where she developed a number of TV drama concepts. Giula is an experienced television writer and script editor whose credits include Rescue Special Ops, McLeod's Daughters, The Alice, Saddle Club, Kaleidoscope, Silver Sun, and Wentworth. Giula worked on the development of the Nine drama series Love Child. She co-script produced the second series of NBCU/Matchbox's series Nowhere Boys and she wrote an episode of the new NBCU/Matchbox series Glitch. Giula studied a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Television at VCA and she completed a Masters in Scriptwriting at AFTRS.

Courtney Wise Writer

Courtney Wise is an award-winning Sydney based television writer and producer. She completed her Master of Producing: Film and Television course at AFTRS in 2007, during which she won the Foxtel Scholarship for Exceptional New Talent. In 2008 Courtney won the Visual Effects Society Student Award for Plastic, a short film she produced, presented by Steven Spielberg. Since then Courtney has worked continuously in television (drama and comedy) as a freelance producer, writer and script editor. During her time at AFTRS, Courtney produced four multi-award winning short films, and six hours of broadcast television. Courtney has been involved in the research, development and production of a number of award-winning television series, including Rush and Dance Academy. Courtney has also recently worked for the ABC TV Fiction Department as Development Manager on The Secret River and The Beautiful Lie. Courtney was also script assessor and consultant on numerous drama and comedy series for ABC TV Fiction. In 2015 Courtney is produced Fragments of Friday, a comedy web series which received Screen Australia Multimedia funding. In 2016 Courtney started working with Lingo Pictures as Development Producer ended by Screen Australia Enterprise People. Courtney continues to write and development her own projects.

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