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12 11 2012 - Media release

2012 Enterprise and Feature Enterprise Program recipients announced

Screen Australia today announced over $2.7 million in support to production companies and producers under the fourth round of its Enterprise Program and the inaugural round of its Feature Enterprise Program.

The four successful Enterprise Program companies are (in alphabetical order):

  • Bearcage Pty Ltd (Michael Tear, Serge Ou)
  • Joined Up Films Pty Ltd (Daniel Brown, Jacqueline Willinge, Anthony Willinge)
  • Jungleboys (Jason Burrows, Trent O’Donnell, Phil Lloyd)
  • WTFN Holdings (Daryl Talbot, Steve Oemcke, Frank Dunphy, Andrew Logie-Smith).

The four successful Feature Enterprise feature film producers are:

  • Jessica Brentnall (Magic Films Pty Ltd)
  • Angie Fielder (Aquarius Films)
  • Nicole O’Donohue (Wildflower Films)
  • Nelson Woss (Woss Group Film Productions Pty Ltd).

“The eight recipients approved in the latest rounds of Screen Australia’s Enterprise Program will enable the companies and individuals chosen to step up to the next stage of their development and expand in their future screen endeavours,” said Ruth Harley, Screen Australia’s Chief Executive.

ENTERPRISE PROGRAM

The four successful Enterprise Program companies range across television (various genres), documentary, factual formats, sales and multi-platform content. Jungleboys has emerged as a new player in the world of digital entertainment, with success in primetime TV comedy, branded content and online comedy. WTFN Holdings, with a solid portfolio of programs in the lifestyle, factual and reality genres, intends to build on its strong industry position through the accelerated expansion of its newly formed distribution company, FRED MEDIA. Bearcage is an integrated media production company that has recently expanded into the international sphere with a focus on Asia. Joined Up Films specialises in the development, production and export of returnable factual television formats and series.

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

“The successful business proposals demonstrate clear plans for expansion that are focused on attracting independent production finance and achieving sustainability,” Dr Harley said. “All of the companies have strong international alliances – three with strategies for expansion in Asia, with all intending to support their growth plans by matching Enterprise Program funds from their own or private sources.”

Enterprise funding will enable Jungleboys to establish a full-time development and research team and allow the company to further develop an online comedy channel that seeks to be a lab for Australia’s best comic creatives and a means for discovering new talent. The company is also interested in diversifying its niche to include the production of other forms of content. Their latest program, A Moody Christmas, is currently screening on the ABC and the American version of the first comedy series they wrote, Review with Myles Barlow, is currently in production. Renamed Review with Forrest MacNeil, it will air on the Comedy Channel in the US. They are also co-producers of the Guesswork/ABC comedy series Problems which will go to air this month on ABC1.

WTFN Holdings recently launched an international sales company, FRED MEDIA. They will use the Enterprise funding to accelerate the expansion of the sales company via, amongst other things, the appointment of new specialised sales managers. FRED MEDIA was established to broaden WTFN’s media business. FRED MEDIA launched with an extensive catalogue, based on WTFN’s significant program library and, since launch, has entered deals to represent content of third party producers from Australia and New Zealand.

Bearcage’s production slate is characterised by narrative-driven documentaries and factual series, with a mix of domestic and international broadcasters. Enterprise funding will enable the company to intensify development and marketing activities and appoint staff with specialised language and business skills in its implementation of a pan-Asian strategy. Bearcage kick offs with the recent announcement of the first Australian factual TV series co-production with new documentary channel CCTV-9 in China.

With the assistance of Enterprise funding, Joined Up Films will be able to fast-track the development and export of its factual slate worldwide. Enterprise funding will also enable the business to seek out international partners, including Asian production companies, to co-produce factual formats. The company also intends to provide a world-class mentor program, ‘Factuality’, designed to increase the ability and talent of the company and Australian market to compete on the world factual entertainment stage.

“With the Enterprise Program now in its fourth year, we have supported a diverse range of screen businesses across the country to realise their plans,” said Dr Harley. “The 21 companies which have received Enterprise Program funding since 2009 have made significant progress in expanding their businesses – including their production output and providing mentoring and internship opportunities for new talent.”

The Enterprise Program selection panel included international screen business development consultants Jonathan Olsberg and Christina Willoughby as well as CEO Ruth Harley and Screen Australia’s Senior Manager, State and Industry Partnerships Chris Oliver.

FEATURE ENTERPRISE PROGRAM (INAUGURAL ROUND)

Screen Australia’s Feature Enterprise Program aims to recognise new feature film producers who have had recent substantial critical or financial success by providing a working capital grant over two years to support them in the creation of their next Australian feature projects.

Feature Enterprise funding will provide Angie Fielder (Wish You Were Here) with overhead and early development support in advancing Aquarius Films’ current slate of feature film projects with her producing partner Polly Staniford. 

Jessica Brentnall (Sleeping Beauty) will pursue development of new projects utilising key Australian creative talent. The funds will also allow Jessica to expand her international knowledge of financing and distribution of independent films.

Nicole O’Donohue (Griff the Invisible) is currently developing both feature film and documentary projects. Feature Enterprise funds will enable Nicole to diversify the slate, attend markets and investigate new and emerging marketing models.

Feature Enterprise will provide Nelson Woss (Red Dog) with the working capital to secure projects and personnel and to build on marketplace and investor relationships from the success of his last project.

“Following on from recent critical and box office success, the Feature Enterprise support of this gifted group of new feature film producers will help provide a secure base for their intentions to develop and ultimately produce their next project,” said Dr Harley. “We need to acknowledge producers for their critical or financial success in the feature film marketplace and support their development slates in the pursuit of quality Australian feature films.”

The selection panel for the Feature Enterprise Program included independent film producer Tristram Miall, Screen Australia’s Head of Development Martha Coleman, Senior Manager, State and Industry Partnerships Chris Oliver and CEO Ruth Harley.

Further details on all the 2012 Enterprise recipients are available here along with details of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Enterprise companies.

Further Enterprise Program initiatives will be announced shortly.

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