Eight NSW Screen Professionals to Unlock Hollywood with AiF Charlie’s Online – Hollywood Sessions

Eight mid-career and established writers and directors based in NSW will have the unique opportunity to fast-track their careers and access the competitive US film and television industry through the Australians in Film Charlie’s Hollywood Sessions presented by Screen NSW.

The Hollywood sessions will offer participants invaluable face time with leading development executives, producers, agents and managers currently working at the epicenter of the global business in Los Angeles. Sessions will begin in early November and run throughout December 2022 to January 2023.

The sessions will level up participants’ market knowledge of the fast-changing industry, with guidance from a diverse selection of renowned professionals that help shape, sell, buy and create global content. As the streaming market consolidates and matures, and the creative and financial paradigm of film and television content evolves, current information and relationships are crucial to getting projects greenlit and being on the top of that elusive job offer.

Since its inception, the non-profit screen organisation Australians in Film has built a trusted and respected reputation for delivering meaningful and career-changing professional development initiatives.

With Charlie’s Online Hollywood Sessions, AiF will create a comprehensive program that covers the professional and cultural aspects of doing business in Hollywood. This initiative will provide participants with insight on how to successfully position themselves and their projects to unlock impenetrable doors, while gaining a better understanding of Hollywood language, power structures and mechanisms. Participants will learn how to navigate the exciting yet challenging relationship Australians have with the strategic hustle of the US industry.

Kyas Hepworth, Head of Screen NSW said “Australian stories hold international currency through universal themes told by our writers, and I’m proud that Screen NSW, in collaboration with AiF, are shaping the global film industry by developing the next generation of screenwriters and directors through meaningful storytelling.”  

Peter Ritchie, Executive Director of Australians in Film said “Screen NSW is a founding partner of Charlie’s in Los Angeles — a vital talent hub that for the past six years has hosted over 200 Aussie creatives who have come over to do business in Los Angeles. The philosophy of Charlie’s is to provide a landing pad where serendipitous meetings could lead to work opportunities. That has come to fruition countless times since the hub’s opening in 2016. We look forward to welcoming and establishing new and productive relationships with the next eight NSW screen creatives.”


Session One: The Business of Show

Friday 11th November, 10am (AEST)

Whether it’s on the lot or the executive floor, doing business in Los Angeles requires a specific skill set. The industry and what sells changes rapidly, as new technology, genres, and players emerge and evolve. In this session, you will gain an in-depth overview of the business of "show."


Session Two: Call My Agent! Manager! Lawyer! Publicist!

Friday 18th November, 10am (AEST)

Hollywood feeds on buzz — from box office, viewer analytics and reviews to casting, job offers and sales. This session will give you insight on the best time to build a career in Los Angeles, how and when to engage a team of professionals to support your career — and once you have them in place, how to manage those relationships. You will learn how to prepare for general meetings and the dos and don’ts of pitching in Los Angeles.


Session Three: The Studio

Friday 2nd December, 10am (AEST)

The complexity of the American studio system and the list of buyers is vast. Many multinational conglomerates own several pieces of the pipeline, while controlling brands within the same ecosystem. It's no wonder Hollywood is overwhelming. It’s essential to have a rock-solid overview and an understanding of how the system works from a studio perspective. In this session, a prominent studio executive will answer all your questions.


Session Four: The Production Company & Indie Producer

Friday 9th December, 10am (AEST)

Delve deeper into the ecosystem of Hollywood with an executive from a leading Hollywood production company. This influential independent producer will unpack the deal-making process and discuss how production companies and indie producers play a role in developing, producing, and selling content in today's global industry.


Session Five: International Partnerships in the US

Friday 13th January, 10am (AEST)

The US industry is largely shaped by commercial dollars. Outside the studio system, there is money and support to be found with independent development and financing. This session is a crash course in understanding the American domestic market and how pots of gold can be found within this ever-shifting landscape.


Session Six: The Global Streamer

Friday 20th January, 10am (AEST)

Streamers are newer players on the block. Their presence a decade ago signaled a massive change in the global film and television industry. Today, streamers are shaking up the Australian industry with major investments. This session will introduce participants to an executive from a leading streamer, who will provide insight into the development of their content strategy.


For more information and to apply see here.

Images courtesy of AiF 

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