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Screen Queensland and Network 10 Launch Placement Program For Emerging First Nations Film & Television Talent

Screen Queensland and Network 10 have partnered to offer four emerging First Nations film and television practitioners the opportunity to produce their own Community Service Announcements (CSA) – 60-second television segments – in Queensland, followed by a six-month mentorship program.

Suitable for graduates and early-career screen professionals, the first phase of the Screen Queensland and Network 10 First Nations Skills Placement and Mentorship will be a paid, four-week placement with executives from Network 10 to write, produce and edit a 60-second CSA about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Following the placement, recipients will undertake a remote six-month mentorship with Network 10 experts in the form of monthly support, to provide applicants with invaluable guidance in building a career in the television sector.

Screen Queensland Chief Creative Officer Dr Belinda Burns said the initiative is part of the state screen agency’s delivery of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy, and a commitment to nurturing fresh, diverse talent in the state.

“Providing training and career development opportunities, at all experience levels, is integral to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen practitioners in gaining the skills, networks and credits to launch successful, long-term careers,” said Dr Burns.

“Screen Queensland and Network 10 are both proud members of the Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network (SDIN); which stands as a commitment to address inequity head-on and be proactive changemakers towards achieving a fairer, more representative industry, locally and globally.

“We look forward to seeing these CSA segments broadcast on Network 10, showcasing First Nations talent, stories and perspectives across the nation.”

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners Queensland-wide are eligible to apply. Screen Queensland will cover costs for travel, accommodation and per diems for recipients to partake in production, as part of the four-week placement. Development, pre-production and post-production will take place remotely.

Network 10’s Senior Vice President, Programming and Content Daniel Monaghan said the initiative is perfect for filmmakers with a passion for creating and sharing their own stories.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us at Paramount to discover potential future employees who will make our business and content unique, stronger, and internationally successful, or if not with us, to give candidates the skills they need to progress further along their own career path,” said Monaghan.

“We want to assist in developing technical skills and on-the-job experiences that will enhance their style and allow them to write and produce content in their own voice – we want to give candidates the tools necessary to strive in a creative industry, and hope this is just the beginning of an ongoing professional partnership.”

Network 10 production will work with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers to highlight engaging projects and stories from communities around Queensland.

Speaker of the Queensland Parliament, Member for Mulgrave and Far North Queensland Screen Champion Curtis Pitt said that conducting the placement in Cairns supports the Government’s strategic plan for Far North Queensland, to further grow the region as a national screen production hub.

“The North Queensland Regional Program, which enters its first year in 2022, is about building the local skills, networks and facilities for the region to export our locally-made screen productions nationally and internationally, and attract valuable film and television production here to our picturesque, tropical backyard,” said Mr Pitt.

“Construction of the brand-new Screen Queensland Studios: Cairns commences soon, and will be perfectly suited for television production and more when completed next year.”

Screen Queensland is currently developing a three-year Diversity Plan, with the state agency’s Equity & Diversity Taskforce, which will outline key objectives, actions, responsibilities, timeframes and outcomes towards establishing a more inclusive screen industry in Queensland.

Applications for the Screen Queensland and Network 10 First Nations Skills Placement and Mentorship are now open at Applications close Friday 17 June, 5pm AEST.

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10 only own one station in Queensland - in Brisbane. SCA stations in regional Queensland have no obligation to show them.

They’ll probably be shown in off peak times or multichannels where the bonus advertising would normally appear.

I’d say these will be across the whole network, not restricted to Queensland.

Paramount Australia & New Zealand Announces Sydney Sales Director.

Paramount ANZ Sales Team Welcomes Kristian Waller.

Paramount Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) today announced that Kristian Waller will be joining its sales team as Sydney Sales Director, responsible for its sales and commercial activity in Sydney across Network 10, 10 Play and Paramount+.

Kristian joins Paramount ANZ from oOh! Media where he spent over seven years as Group Sales Leader and most recently, NSW Sales Director, Agency. Kristian will start with Paramount ANZ in August 2022, reporting to National Sales Director, Lisa Squillace.

Kristian said: “Paramount is a global juggernaut with a mountainous pipeline of content featuring some of the world’s most loved and iconic brands. I feel incredibly excited and privileged to be given this opportunity, working with such a fantastic team, and product, as the business seeks to evolve their offering and unlock its true potential for clients.”

Lisa said: “We’re thrilled to have Kristian join the Paramount ANZ team. Kristian is an experienced and passionate sales leader with a career spanning 19 years across a number of Australia’s most recognised and leading publishers. His experience and knowledge of the media landscape makes him the perfect candidate to lead our Sydney sales team and represent our Paramount brands. Kristian will bring a great perspective with him to this role and I’m looking forward to him joining our star line-up of sales leaders.”

The Sydney Sales Director announcement follows the appointment of Diane Ho to Director of Digital Sales in March 2022.

Some advertising across MediaWeek currently:

It’s been just over a year since the A-Leagues broadcast rights deal was announced. How has the first year been, and what is the future of monetising sport at Paramount?

It was a big year, because it’s the first time that we had bought the total rights for a code, and then use Paramount+ as an opportunity for football fans to view at any time.

What it also did for us was drive our membership base. Since the football began in September last year, we’ve added 1.23 million new members to our ecosystem, and of those, over 570,000 of them were men.

That is more subscribers then I thought they’d have all together.

How many of them are people who got it via a club membership?

be interesting to compare to optus sport. EPL is a bigger draw than A-League but the midnight and 2am kick offs could be a disincentive