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Screen Australia appoints Bobby Romia as Head of Development

Screen Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Bobby Romia as Head of Development, starting 30 January. Bobby will lead the Development Unit and report to Head of Content Grainne Brunsdon.

Bobby Romia

Working at Screen Australia since October 2022 as Development Executive, Bobby is a former producer, writer and broadcaster with 15 years of industry experience. Prior to joining the agency, Bobby was Acting Senior Investment Manager at Screen NSW where he managed projects including Bali 2002, Underbelly: Vanishing Act, After The Verdict, Bump, Upright, Here Out West, The Secret She Keeps, Frayed, June Again, The Drover’s Wife, True Colours and Hardball, and talent escalation initiatives such as Talent Camp NSW and the Emerging Writers’ Incubator.

Bobby previously worked as a Commissioning Supervisor (Scripted Drama, Comedy & Entertainment) and Producer at SBS Australia and NITV. He has also worked with Screentime Australia, Hopscotch Films, eOne Entertainment, and Screentime New Zealand in Auckland. Bobby holds a Master of Arts in Screenwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

Screen Australia’s Head of Content, Grainne Brunsdon said, “Bobby brings a wealth of experience and I’m delighted to see him take on this role and continue to foster Australian stories and storytellers. His passion and skill for developing pathways for emerging talent, supporting underrepresented voices and shepherding inspiring screen stories will be an asset to the agency and sector more widely.”

Bobby Romia said, “I’m thrilled and honoured to continue Screen Australia’s integral work in supporting the development and rich diversity of Australian narratives that culturally and economically resonate with screen audiences while nurturing strategic opportunities for talent and skill growth, and industry longevity. The development team and I look forward to working even more closely with the sector as we bring new and exciting voices and stories to light.”

Bobby takes over from former Head of Development Louise Gough who departs Screen Australia next week.

Brunsdon said, “Louise’s accomplishments in her time at Screen Australia are invaluable and have set the agency up for future success. From redesigning our Enterprise program, to building strong initiatives with partners that offer unique career development opportunities for creatives, she has made an incredible contribution and we wish her well on her next venture.” 

Interviews with Bobby are not currently available, but media can lodge an expression of interest with Senior Publicist Lidia Williams.