Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, today announced the appointment of the new Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee as part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to the industry.
Grant said five members of the previous NSW Film and Television Board have been appointed to the Committee, along with two new members.
“NSW is Australia’s undisputed film and television production hub, with first-class cast and production crews, a diverse range of filming locations and leading creative and digital skills.
“The new Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee brings together the wealth of experience accumulated by previous Board members, plus the energy and vitality of two new members with regional and culturally diverse expertise.
“Northern Rivers screen producer, Lois Randall, and Iranian-born Australian filmmaker, Amin Palangi will join Helen Wright (Chair), Darren Dale, Patricia Rothkrans, Sue Murray and Bob Campbell to provide independent expert advice to Government.”
The Committee’s appointment follows amendments to the Film and Television Office Act 1988 (renamed the Film and Television Industry Act) to advise the Minister on the operation of the NSW film and television industry and other matters prescribed by regulations.
Grant said the Committee will continue to represent industry interests and be independent of Government, providing arm’s length decision-making for production funding decisions and offering valuable industry feedback and market intelligence.
“I look forward to meeting the Committee members and welcome their advice on further developing NSW as Australia’s undisputed film and television production hub,” Grant said.
The first meeting of the Committee is scheduled for July 25, 2014.
Screen NSW will receive nearly $10 million in 2014-15 to support the development and production of screen projects in NSW, promote screen culture across the State, and market NSW as Australia’s premier screen production destination.
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