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13 10 2011 - Media release

Enterprise Program recipients announced for 2011

Screen Australia today announced $3 million in support over three years to production companies under the third round of its Enterprise Program.

The four successful companies are (in alphabetical order):

  • Chocolate Liberation Front (Dan Fill, Frank Verheggen)
  • December Media (Tony Wright)
  • Madman Productions (Paul Wiegard, Tim Anderson, Nick Batzias)
  • The Project Factory (Guy Gadney, Jennifer Wilson)

“The companies approved in the third round of Screen Australia’s Enterprise program will be enabled to develop quality slates of programs triggering more local production,” said Ruth Harley, Screen Australia’s Chief Executive.

The four successful companies’ slates range across features, television (various genres), documentary and multi-platform digital content. Chocolate Liberation Front and The Project Factory are leading players in the rapidly expanding world of digital entertainment, with substantial experience in producing high-quality cross-platform content. Madman Productions builds on a strong track record in distribution and will now diversify into feature and television production. December Media is a highly regarded producer of television with a substantial documentary track record and the company is now moving into television series drama and science-based 3D IMAX production.

The chosen companies’ plans incorporate strategies for growth including diversification, new partnerships and alliances, marketing and expansion into international markets as well as mentorship opportunities with strategies for developing talent.

“The successful proposals demonstrate a clear vision for building capacity, attracting independent production finance and achieving sustainability,” Dr Harley said. “All of the companies have strong international alliances with several intending to support their own growth plans by matching Enterprise Program funds from their own sources.”

Enterprise funding will enable Madman to extend its activities by establishing a new company, Madman Productions, to develop its slate and fast-track establishment of the business. The company will partner with established industry players to work as creative consultants for development and production. New and emerging talent will be proactively identified and offered opportunities for collaboration, mentoring and skills development.

December Films will be restructured to become December Media and its capacities will be expanded to build on opportunities across documentaries, factual series, television drama series, a telemovie and 3D IMAX. Enterprise funding will be used to create new positions, a non-executive board and expanded marketing initiatives.

Enterprise funds will enable Chocolate Liberation Front (CLF) to accelerate development of television, online and games properties and to further develop their own original content. CLF is partnering with Adelaide-based animators Luke Jurevicius (creator of Figaro Pho) and Deane Taylor to co-develop original projects. Enterprise funding will allow the company to bring on board a business development consultant, set up an in-house business affairs unit and further explore emerging international markets.

The Project Factory is an award-winning digital production company creating transmedia entertainment across web, mobile, social media and games platforms. Enterprise funding will enable the company to move from a developer/producer model to operate as a producer/publisher on digital platforms and allow it to open up new revenue streams and expand its business capacity.

“Over the three years the Enterprise Program has been running, we’ve managed to strike a good balance of companies across the states in relation to the size of the local industry,” said Dr Harley. “The 17 companies which have received Enterprise Program funding since 2009 have made significant progress in expanding their businesses to the next stage.”

Funding for the 2011 Enterprise Program recipients will span three years, from 2011/12 to 2013/14. The companies were selected from 41 applications with a total ask of $31.7 million from a total allocation of $3 million over three years. The selection panel included international screen business development consultants Jonathan Olsberg and Christina Willoughby as well as CEO Ruth Harley, Screen Australia’s Senior Manager, State and Industry Partnerships Chris Oliver and Enterprise Manager Megan McMurchy.

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