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Screen Business Essentials: Online

This two-day intensive delivered entirely online via Zoom Video is presented in partnership with SPA (Screen Producers Australia). It covers essential information about setting up and building a screen business. The workshop covers the commercial framework in which producers must operate, including issues surrounding the operations of creative business from the ground up.

The main course convenor is Owen Johnston who has worked for Screen Producers Australia for over a decade in both policy and industrial relations. The course will feature a range of industry expert speakers, including Zoe Angus (Director – Industry & Commercial, SPA), Tony Nagle (Nagle Accounting), Rebecca Hardman (Head of Legal and Business Affairs (Australia), See Saw Films), Max Dalton (Head of Business & Legal Affairs Fulcrum), John Myers (Media Super), Jane Corden (Moneypenny), Ian Murray (CEO 113 Partners) and Cristina Pozzan (Investment Manager, Screen Australia).


This course is delivered by Zoom video. There will be four sessions each day with 30-minute morning and afternoon tea breaks and a one-hour lunch break.

This course is presented by Screen Producers Australia and AFTRS and is sponsored by Media Super.


Learn about legal structures for businesses and productions, tax incentives and compliance and financial management of a production including managing cashflow and business planning

Get up-to-date on copyright and chain of title, distribution and licensing agreements, employment law, cast and crew agreements, fringes and insurance

Access new insights into rights negotiation, film and television industry sources of finance and the latest market research

Is the Screen Business Essentials: Online right for you?

If you are already involved in production, and looking to get serious in terms of your business growth and project development, this course will be an invaluable two days with access to range of industry experts. The Screen Business Essentials program is vital for startups while also serving as a refresher for established businesses and producers.


For other courses covering screen business and producing see Intro to Producing, Budgeting Fundamentals, Production Accounting Fundamentals and the Short Sharp and Immediately Useful professional development seminar series.

What you will need

This course is delivered live 100% online via Zoom video.

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with camera, sound and good internet connection, and a quiet place to participate. Headphones are recommended.

Once enrolled we will send you further instructions and a link to the Zoom sessions.

To find out about future offerings of this course, register your interest. For more information email info@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 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 you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee 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.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds.

For more Information email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or phone 1300 223 877.