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Screen Business Essentials: Sydney

Explore how to set-up a screen business

This two day intensive, presented in conjunction with SPA (Screen Producers Australia), 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 by applying the Promo Code you have been sent. The Business Essentials program is vital for startups while also serving as a refresher for established businesses and producers. The main course convenor is Owen Johnston who 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.​

The course will feature a range of Industry expert speakers including Steve Rosser (Media Arts Law), Carmel Creswell (Count out Loud), Patrick May and Lisa Duff (Screen Australia), Elle Curran and Pravin Menon (SPA) and Producer Ellenor Cox.

Learn about legal structures for businesses and for productions, tax incentives and compliance, 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 Screen Business Essentials 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.


This course is presented by Screen Producers Australia and the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

What you will need

This is a busy two-day workshop with loads of information supplied. You’d ideally bring a laptop to take notes – we’ll supply soft copies of presentations and other resources. This course is only open to students aged 18 +.

For more information call 1300 223 877, or register for future offerings.

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.

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