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SPA Business Essentials is presented in association with AFTRS and covers the commercial framework in which producers must operate. The course is designed to provide you with the essential information to start, develop, and grow a film and television business. ​ ​ The course is being held at Screen Queensland's offices and is being sponsored by Screen Queensland on 28 September. Enrolments are by application only and close on September 20. Apply here.​

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT:
Business Essentials covers the commercial framework in which producers must operate. The course is designed to provide you with the essential information to start, develop and grow a film and television business.

The course will feature special guest speaker Veronica Fury, Principal and Executive Producer at WildBear Entertainment. Veronica will discuss the facts of producing life in a Q&A session with SPA's Owen Johnston. Additional speakers include Screen Producers Australia’s Owen Johnston and Mark Donaldson who will share their extensive legal and industrial policy expertise.

Topic areas include choosing the right business to set up with correct legal and accounting structures, through to complying with state and federal legislation and regulation, to managing a slate of projects, and understanding production accounting.

COURSE LECTURERS

The main course convener is Owen Johnston. Owen Johnston has worked for Screen Producers Australia for over a decade in both policy and industrial relations. Owen has produced feature films, documentaries, television drama, and commercials and is a former Director of Film Development and Marketing at the Australian Film Commission.

Owen will be joined by Lawyer Mark Donaldson and Veronica Fury, Principal and Executive Producer Wildbear Entertinament.


Presented by Screen Producers Australia and the Australian Film Television and Radio School, with generous Sponsorship from Screen Queensland.

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

DISCLAIMER

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If a participant wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee. For more information on AFTRS Open's policies, including refund policies, please see our policies page​.​​

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Acknowledgement

The Australian Film Television Radio and 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.