Board
Board

The role of the Screen Tasmania Board:

  • The Screen Tasmania Board acts as an advisory body to the Minister for the Arts and as such has no legal status or statutory powers.    
  • The Board provides expertise in assessing and recommending projects under Screen Tasmania's various industry funding programs. It also contributes to the formulation of strategic objectives for the screen industry.    
  • The Board seeks to support and grow the screen industry in Tasmania through increased production levels and high level expertise and professionalism amongst Tasmanian practitioners, in alignment with the strategic direction of Screen Tasmania.    
  • Board members can represent various sectors of the screen industry and the wider community, and are appointed by the Minister for the Arts.    
  • The board is comprised of a Chair and Deputy Chair and must total no fewer than four and no more than eight members, with a balanced representation of Tasmanian and non-Tasmanian members.    
  • The Board meets four times a year for funding-round meetings and, when required, conference meetings are held outside of funding rounds via phone.    
  • The Board provides independent recommendations and advice to the Minister for the Arts through the Secretary of the Department of State Growth.    

Geoff Heriot      
Chair
Chair, Geoff HeriotGeoff Heriot took up his appointment as Chair of the Screen Tasmania Board in April 2012. He has extensive  and  high-level  experience as a media executive, strategist and corporate governance specialist in Australia and internationally. Geoff has lived in and worked from Hobart since early 2010 and in 2011, assisted Screen Tasmania with the development of its five-year strategic plan.

As a consultant and adviser, he has worked closely with boards and senior managers of media organisation, assisting with their strategic and organisational development. In recent years, Geoff has undertaken assignments in Indonesia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.

As part of a small team, he undertook a substantial performance and management review of the Al Jazeera Children's Channel in Qatar. In the mid 1990s, he served as senior advisor to the Chairperson and Group Chief Executive of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, assisting with the transition  from  the  apartheid regime.

His most recent corporate staff role was Chief of Corporate Planning and Governance for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) between 2008 and 2011. In this, he led a strategic support unit for the ABC Board and successive Managing Directors.  His other senior ABC roles included Head  of  International  Projects, General Manager of Corporate Strategy, Head of Education Services and leadership roles with Radio Australia.

Geoff twice served as an ABC foreign correspondent in South Asia (based in New Delhi) and Papua New Guinea and the Pacific (based in Port Moresby). He began his career as a newspaper journalist.

He holds the following academic credentials: Master of Commercial Law, Master of Arts in Asian History, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Company Directors Diploma and undergraduate qualifications in media and journalism.

Hugh Baldwin

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Hugh is Digital Media Director for Nickelodeon Australia.

He has extensive media experience in online content development, interactive television applications, research, children's production and journalism. He is responsible for the strategic and creative content development of Nickelodeon's digital media activities including online, mobile and itv applications.  Since  2007,  Hugh's work at Nickelodeon has won an ASTRA award for Best Use of Technology, a World BDA Silver Award for Best Flash Site and a Netguide Award as Best Youth/Kids Website.

Hugh is also on the advisory committee for the Australian Council's Story of the Future project, which aims to bring writers into the digital age.

Hugh was previously at Murdoch University's Interactive Television Research Institute (ITRI) as a PhD candidate. Hugh designed and developed nine iTV prototypes as part of a three year study on how interactivity can enhance children's television.

Hugh worked with the Seven Network on their enhanced digital channel coverage of the 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2005 Australian Tennis Open and the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Prior to that, Hugh spent three years working as an NRL, Super 12 and NSL accredited journalist. He travelled to Korea and Japan to cover the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Hugh was the editor and online producer for a Sydney-based sports-entertainment company, NextGenSports, overseeing the production and delivery  of  broadband  and narrowband sports content.

During the last ten years, he has been working as a script and screenwriter with over ten professional credits. Hugh has also worked extensively as a director and producer for children's theatre, animation, live action, radio, television, the internet and video. In 1999, Future Visions, written by Hugh, won a Silver Award at the 33rd Annual US Film and Video awards. Hugh is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He was also nominated for an AFI award in 1994 in the television section.

He is an AWG and MEAA member.

Fiona McConaghy

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Fiona has over 30 years' experience in the film, television and advertising industries.

Starting with filmmakers McElroy & McElroy, Fiona worked on various Feature/TV projects from development to production. Moving to freelance work in 1984, she was production manager on significant Australian films including Strictly Ballroom, Crocodile Dundee II, The Last Days of Chez Nous and Turtle Beach as well as several TV series.

Between 1993 - 2003 (whilst managing children), Fiona produced award winning campaigns for some of the world's largest brands, multinational corporations and NGOs.  During this time, Fiona joined Cranbrook Films as Producer and was responsible for production across Australia and NZ.

In December 2002, Fiona moved with her family to Tasmania and formed Latitude Films. She has continued to work locally, interstate and overseas on film and advertising projects, including local productions such as the telefeature Cable (line producer) and as line producer on the docudrama, The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce. She was co-producer on the docudrama The Outlaw Michael Howe, which was also released as a feature. Fiona was producer of the Cannes Grand Prix winning tourism campaign SA Barossa: Be Consumed,  and  of the multi award winning ABC/iView comedy, Noirhouse. She has recently line produced Foxtel's 8 x 1 hour drama series The Kettering Incident, which will be released in 2016.

Fiona has a wealth of experience and is well positioned to help and support the growth of the local Tasmanian film industry.

Posie Graeme-Evans
Deputy Chair

posie_graeme-evansIn a career of over 30 years Posie has embraced writing, directing and producing as one of Australia's pre-eminent television creator-producers.  Amongst  her  many national and international awards are 16 Logies, including the against-all-comers Most Popular Australian Show (2004), for McLeods Daughters.  A board member of the Australian Film Television and Radio School from 2004 to 2010, Posie was Director of Drama for the  Nine Network,  Australia from  late 2002. In November 2005 she resigned from the network to concentrate on her career as a novelist and running her production company, Millennium Pictures, with husband and creative partner Andrew Blaxland.

In November 2001 the Screen Producers Of Australia named Posie as the Inaugural Australian Independent Producer Of The Year for her body of work. And, in December 2002 Variety magazine noted her as one of 20 Significant Women In Film And Television along with Meryl Streep and Jennifer Aniston in its  annual  worldwide  survey. In late 2010 she was a nominee for the Inaugural IF Television award. Co-nominees included Kym Williams, Brian Walsh, John Edwards, Hal McElroy & Penny Chapman.

Her early career included roles such as assistant editor on Manganinie for the Tasmanian Film Corporation and Posie later directed education, gardening, current affairs and sporting programs for the ABC in Hobart. She became part of the directing team for the Brisbane Commonwealth Games after being  selected by the broadcaster as one of 8  people from  around the country for Executive Producer training. Posie topped the course.

Recent television credits include creating and producing one of Australia's most successful and long running drama series, the multi-award winning McLeods Daughters. Seen in over 230 territories worldwide, the eighth and final series was shown during 2008 in Australia. To this day, McLeods remains  one of Australia's best loved and highest-rating dramas.

Posie also created and produced the original pilot telemovie McLeods Daugthers, starring Jack Thompson. Broadcast on Mother's Day 1996, it became the highest rating TV movie of all time until the telemovie pilot of The Alice, Posie's first commission for the Nine Network, eclipsed the record by only  30,000 viewers nationally. Posie was happy  to  resign the crown!

Posie's other ratings and critical successes for Nine include Little Oberon starring Sigrid Thornton and the much acclaimed Two Twisted from Actor/Producer Bryan Brown. Posie's final commission for the network was the blockbuster Sea Patrol.

Another significant credit is as co-creator of the worldwide edutainment phenomenon, Hi-5. After co-creating and co-producing the pilot and first two years of production with co-creator Helena Harris, Posie has been delighted to see the program's ever-growing audience and success. Now in its twelfth  year of production, Hi-5 is seen in more than 80 territories  worldwide.  In 2005, Hi-5 was nominated for a Daytime Emmy, but lost out to worthy co-nominee Sesame Street. 2006 and 2007 saw further Emmy nominations in the same category, again in competition with Sesame Street.

Posie resigned from Nine in November 2005 when a new multi-novel, world-wide publishing deal was offered to her by New York based Simon & Schuster ahead of publication of her third novel, The Beloved (The Uncrowned Queen in US) in June 2006. The last of a trilogy of novels set in C15th England,  The  Innocent, The Exiled and The Beloved have been hits wherever they've been published. Target USA created a special edition of The Innocent,  part of its prestigious Bookmarked/Breakout Books. The novel was featured twice over a four month period from February through May 2006. A rarity.  Previous  Breakout authors have included Jodi Piccoult.

In October 2010 Posie's new book, The Dressmaker, set in Dickensian England, was published nationally and internationally by Simon & Schuster. Again featured by Target USA in over 500 stores in the run-up to Christmas, it is a bestseller. Posie wrote and directed a movie-style trailer for the  book  which is featured  on the Simon & Schuster US website.

Anita Ondine

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Ms Ondine has returned to Tasmania after spending many years working internationally as a specialist intellectual property lawyer and  transmedia  specialist. She  has a unique skill-set and is highly regarded internationally, with strong contacts across the digital media environment.

Her Transmedia Next Workshops have received international acclaim. She is keen to position Tasmania's screen industry strongly in the digital media environment.

Anita has worked on more than 12 transmedia properties including Lance Weiler's ground breaking Pandemic 1.0 which was the first fully transmedia story experience to debut at the Sundance Film Festival. She also produced the film Pandemic 41.410806,-75.654259 which premiered in competition at the  2011  Sundance Film Festival and via a US cable network reaching 28 million homes.  She also co-produced the feature film Drop Dead Gorgeous.  

Her skills and specialist knowledge will be of significant benefit in supporting the development of the Tasmanian industry providing advice on harnessing the opportunities provided by a changing media landscape.



Nick Batzias

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Mr Batzias is the Head of Production Licencing and Acquisitions for Madman Entertainment, one of Australia's top three international film  and  television distribution  companies.

Mr Batzias' scope of industry experience and international marketplace knowledge gained over the past 11 years is unparalleled, having been involved in hundreds of projects over this period including television, documentary, feature films and animation.

He has been involved in all aspects of the creative development process, from financing, packaging, production, sales and marketing.

In the past 12 months Madman has extended their operations from distribution into development and production and Mr Batzias has been appointed Director of Madman Production Company, combining this role with Acquisitions and Licensing for Madman Entertainment. 

He was executive producer on the second season of Warehouse Comedy for the ABC and DVD release, and recently produced his first feature film Save Your Legs!

Michael Cordell


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Mr Cordell is one of Australia's most established producers and directors. His projects straddle many genres and  have  won numerous awards. 

Most recently Michael was EP and writer on the third series of award winning format Go Back to Where You Came From on SBS. The series won a Logie, two Walkley nominations, two UN Media Awards and SPAA Independent Producer of the Year.  In an Australian first, the format also won a Rose  d'Or for the best international TV production of 2011 and an International  Emmy  in 2013.

Michael was a Producer on two-part drama House of Hancock that screened to wide acclaim on the Nine Network in early 2015. Other drama productions include The Outlaw Michael Howe for ABC and The Great Mint Swindle for the Nine Network in 2013. He is working on his first feature,  Honey Ant Dreamers.

Michael is also Executive Producer of Bondi Rescue, now in its tenth season and a six-time Logie winner. In recent years, he was EP on true crime series, Wanted, the documentary feature, JFK: The Smoking Gun and the long-running Two Men... series featuring Tim Flannery and John Doyle. Two Men in China  screened  on the ABC in 2014.

In 2015, Michael is overseeing Kebab Kings and The Year that Shook Australia for SBS and The Great Education Experiment for ABC. 

Michael's most recent directing credits include the documentary feature Three Boys Dreaming and On Trial - the first murder trial filmed in Australia.  Michael's early career saw him produce and direct the one-hour documentary Franklin Wild River in 1980 featuring a young Bob Brown. Michael  then worked for the National Film and Sound Archive  on The Last Film Search, before establishing a career in print and television journalism. he moved back into independent film production in  the early 90s establishing Hilton Cordell productions and then Cordell Jigsaw. 

Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (CJZ) is a partnership with comedy and drama producer, Nick Murray. The recent purchases of Zapruder's Other Films and New Zealand production company Greenstone make CJZ one of the largest privately owned independents in Australia. 

Other CJZ titles include Home Delivery, Gruen, The Checkout (with The Chaser team), You're Skitting Me, Shitsville Express! and Dumb, Drunk and Racist.

Chloe Rickard


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Ms Rickard is one of Australia's most dynamic and innovative comedy producers. A Partner and Head of Production at Jungle, she has produced two seasons of Here Come the Habibs (Nine Network), No Activity (Stan's first original commission)  and Soul Mates (ABC/NBC Universal), along with The Moodys, A Moody Christmas, Elegant Gentlemen's Guide to Knife Fighting and over 200 television commercials.

She is currently (2016) developing the feature film The Murderous Urges of Ordinary Women and the dramedy series Holy Cow, both funded by Screen Australia.

Chloe is a recipient of Screen Australia's Enterprise Growth program with the Van Vuuren Bros and recently gained her Masters in Screen Arts and Business from AFTRS, in which she was awarded the Foxtel New Media Innovation Prize and the Wake in Fright Prize for the best thesis.

 

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