Creative agents and artist managers are the all-seeing-Oz’s of Australian TV creativity. They guide careers, field offers, create opportunities and package deals. So how do they do it? Four of Australia’s best in the field talk the changing world of Australian Screen, making it all happen and keeping true to the plan: ensuring incredible people make the best work, without being taken advantage of in the process.
Kathryn Fleming: CEO, The Fleming Agency
Kathryn Fleming started The Fleming Agency in 2011. The Fleming Agency is a hybrid agency representing a specialised collection of creatives from multi-award-winning writers like Shaun Grant (Snowtown, True History of the Kelly Gang), production designer Chris Kennedy (The Road, The Water Diviner) to high profile triple threat talent like Julia Morris.
The Fleming Agency covers all areas of the media business on behalf of their clients within Australia and internationally. Since starting the company in 2011, profits have more than tripled and most clients’ income has doubled. More recently, Kathryn Fleming has achieved IP sales on behalf of clients (writers) with Apple and the AMC Network in the USA.
Kathryn has enjoyed a diverse career with national and international roles in PR, Development and Marketing for companies like Twentieth Century Fox and over 6 years as a Senior Talent Agent in London at Peters Fraser & Dunlop (now United Agents). As a UK Agent, Kathryn represented award winning clients including; Kyle MacLachlan, Edward Fox, Jane Leeves and Michael Fassbender. During her tenure at Peters Fraser & Dunlop, Kathryn was also a member of the Scripted Development Committee for the agency which invested annual profits in to developing feature and television projects.
Katherine Dale: Agent, Century Management
Katherine Dale worked in the music industry for 15 years as a booking agent and live promoter before moving into the world of comedy management at Century Artists. There she looks after a wide range of acts from YouTube stars Superwog & Aunty Donna to acts working on their own TV series including Ronny Chieng, Matt Okine and Becky Lucas as well as upcoming stars line Aaron Chen, Demi Lardner and Cameron James.
Monica Keightley: Manager/Agent, MKM
Monica Keightley worked in Worker’s Comp Law at Melbourne legal firm Purves Clarke Richards in Melbourne before pursuing a performing career in Australia, London and Europe. She ran a children’s theatre company in the early 80s, touring in regional Victoria, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne specialising in adapting children’s classics.
She then returned to the legal profession in 2001/2 in the London law firm Ashurst’s working in the media department there under partner Tony Ghee and while there was also on secondment to BSkyB (licensing department) and returned to Australia from 2003 in artists’ management as principal at Mollison Keightley Management, representing some of Australia’s best know creatives and actors.
Jean Mostyn: Agent, Yellow Creative
Jean Mostyn formed Yellow Creative Management in 2010, which represents performance directors, designers and writers. Jean has a BA in Communications from Charles Sturt University and worked in PR management before moving into representation almost 20 years ago. Jean works with the agency’s clients’ expanding their international footprint and their opportunities to create meaningful work across multiple platforms.
MC: Andrew Garrick
MC: Andrew Garrick currently works with the good people at Screentime across development and production, having been the establishing EP of Tonightly for ABC Comedy. Prior to that he wrote, produced and directed major TV projects for all of the Australian networks.
He also makes ads and content, producing and directing campaigns for clients like Formula 1, Opera Australia, Target and heaps of others, plus teaches Applied Storytelling for AFTRS Open.
Get this, though: Andrew’s also the co-founder of Zedtown, a live zombie apocalypse experience for thousands at a time (yeah, it’s pretty fun) which has recently expanded from Australia into the USA.
About TV Talks
TV Talks is a free networking event for the TV industry. It is an opportunity to watch, listen and laugh along with a panel of engaging industry guests with some good, old-fashioned networking afterwards. One Tuesday of each month, February through to November. RSVP is essential.