Sydney - Apr 07 2018

AFTRS Sydney
Apr 07 2018 - Apr 08 2018
Attendance Pattern
Sat & Sun 9.30am - 5pm
Louise Smith
Course fee
$350 / $315

“What does a Producer do?” In this introductory, seminar style weekend course you wil find out!


In this course you will become familiar with the roles and workflow of a producer in both TV and film, and learn the most effective and efficient ways to produce a project.

At the end of this course you will have:
  • An understanding of the different roles of Producers (Executive, Associate, Line, Co-, Associate, etc.)

  • A familiarity with the major stages in an independent versus a studio production, including: concept development, financing, preproduction, production, post-production and distribution

  • Knowledge about: building a creative team, script development, research and marketing, finance and funding, legal and insurance issues

  • Identified the key funding bodies and mechanisms within the industry

  • An understanding of: optioning a property, development, the pitch, pre-sales, ATL, HODs, E&O, P&A and more.

Louise will be joined by two guest Producers from different parts of the Industry - Josh Butt and Janine Cooper.

A not to be missed course. Learn from the very best!


"I felt the course was a good eye opener for me about what producing is really about.""

"This is probably the best seminar I’ve ever been to - it’s refreshing to have a lecture of an introductory level which still covered the in-depth details of producing."

"Louise was really engaging and enthusiastic and provided really interesting insight into the industry."


No previous experience necessary, this course is aimed at entry level.

This course is only open to students aged 18 +. If you are under 18, you will not be eligible to attend this course.


Louise Smith has been working in the production of television commercials and feature films for almost twenty years. She has gained an international reputation for her collaborations with stellar directing talents including Nash and Joel Edgerton, renowned actor Rachel Griffiths, television and feature film writer/director Ben Chessell and internationally recognised TVC director Derin Seale.

Her work has screened at festivals such as SXSW, Sydney International Film Festival (In Competition),Telluride, Sundance, Aspen and Berlin and has been awarded honors by the Toronto Short Film Festival, Palm Springs and Puchon. Her feature film credits include The Rage in Placid Lake and The Square, directed by Nash Edgerton and written by Joel Edgerton & Matthew Dabner which was nominated for 7 AFI Awards.


Josh Butt is an award winning producer of television, commercials, comedy and audio with over 20 years experience. In 2017, Josh joined Dentsu Aegis Network’s, The Story Lab, as Head of Program Formats and Development, focusing on bringing global and local television formats to networks and brands in Australia.

Prior to his role with The Story Lab, Josh was head of production at Mediacom Beyond Advertising, leading the production of brand funded TV shows (Air Rescue, Firies, Storm Season), TVCs and commercial films for brands including: Westpac, Duracell, NRMA Insurance, Gillette, EA, Foxtel, Transport NSW, Qld Health, Princess Cruises and more. He’s previously worked at ABC, Fairfax, Triple M, taught 2nd year Film Producing, regularly performs voiceovers and spent 4 years as a stand up/sketch comic.


Janine Cooper is an experienced television and events executive producer with extensive credits across a wide variety of broadcast genres including entertainment, reality, lifestyle, comedy, sport, awards show and interview and chat shows. She is currently the Executive Producer of The Bachelor franchise in Australia, which includes The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor In Paradise.

Janine has produced hours of high-rating prime time television for Australian audiences including the Logie Awards, the AACTA Awards, New Year’s Eve telecasts, Dating in the Dark, Tip of the ICEberg and Ready Steady Cook. She has produced shows for every Australian Network as well as Comedy Central in the USA, Paramount UK and Britain’s ITV2.

Janine has produced programs live-to-air from places as diverse as Uluru, the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House as well as from more conventional places like Melbourne’s Crown Casino, Sydney’s Capitol Theatre and television studios all around Australia. She worked as Network Head of Entertainment for the Nine Network 2009-2010.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: open@aftrs.edu.au or 1300 065 281

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The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.