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This two day intensive held at Holding Redlich is presented in conjunction with SPA (Screen Producers Australia). It is all about setting up and building a Screen Business. The workshop covers the commercial framework in which producers must operate, including issues surrounding the operation a of creative business from the ground up.

SPA members will receive a special discount, click ENROL above and choose SPA member registrant type.


The Business Essentials program is vital for start ups while also serving as a refresher for established businesses. The course structure covers:
  • legal structures for businesses and for productions

  • tax incentives and tax compliance

  • business planning

  • managing cashflow

  • copyright and chain of title

  • rights negotiation

  • distribution and licensing agreements

  • cast and crew agreements

  • financial management of productions

  • fringes

  • insurance


The main course convenor 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. Special guest speakers from a range of disciplines include leading screen start-up and entrepreneurial leadership specialist and producer Kylee Ingram will navigate the modes of adapting entrepreneurial skills into a creative production practice. Film Art Media's Executive Producer Sue Maslin will discuss the secrets of her success in an exclusive Q&A.

In an intensive two day course, attendees will access speakers and sessions including; lawyer Jenny Lalor of Lalor Law will lead the discussion on IP rights and management, Media Arts Lawyers' Sarah Woolcott will outline music rights management, Moneypenny's Jane Corden will give you the low down on how to manage production finance, Stephen Assimo, State Manager, Vic from Media Super will discuss superannuation, Kate Whitehead of Avant Group will discuss export assistance and grants, Screen Australia and Film Victoria will tell you how to prepare competitive applications and Screen Australia's Patrick May will delve into the latest industry intel and trends.

Presented by Screen Producers Australia and the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: 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.