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Applications open for Rideback USA Placements

Screen Australia’s Enterprise People program presents an opportunity for up to two screen creatives to undertake a six month placement at Rideback in Los Angeles.

Rideback, formerly known as Lin Pictures, is a production company that produce premium film and television content for global audiences. Their projects include The LEGO Movie, Sherlock Holmes and IT.

Screen Australia will support one emerging and one mid-career creative. 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. First Nations Australians and people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Dan Lin, founder and CEO of Rideback said, “We are pleased to continue our successful partnership with Screen Australia and its Enterprise People program to foster the next generation of creative executives. As a community in service of creativity, Rideback not only seeks and supports new filmmaking voices, but also the young professionals who will become critical members of our industry’s global infrastructure. Screen Australia has an enviable track record in identifying the next generation of executives, and we are pleased to be a part of their talent development program.”

Each placement will have a bespoke professional development plan which may include; reading and evaluating feature film and TV scripts; writing coverage and script notes; conducting creative and market research; participating in creative meetings, studio meetings and pitch meetings; assisting with drafting pitch documents; and production-related tasks.

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

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

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.

For more information relating to assessment criteria and how to apply view the guidelines here  


Rideback, the production company formerly known as Lin Pictures, focuses on supporting and empowering visionary storytellers who share the company’s passion for entertaining audiences in delightfully surprising ways.

Rideback produced the Warner Bros. franchise hits The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, It, and sequels The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and It: Chapter Two. Rideback films have combined for more than $3 billion in worldwide box office. Rideback also produced Disney’s upcoming live-action feature Aladdin, starring Will Smith, and Netflix’s upcoming awards contender, The Pope, directed by Fernando Meirelles. Rideback additionally produces the Fox network hit Lethal Weapon, based on the iconic movie franchise, and also develops other series for network, cable and streaming.

Founder Dan Lin has built Rideback on a simple idea: to be a community in support of creativity, a place where people and ideas pour into each other to elevate the potential of both. Visit www.rideback.com.