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“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” creator-showrunner-headwriter Rene Balcer will give a keynote speech at the Screen Producers Assn. of Australia annual confab, which runs Aug. 13-16 at the Sheraton Mirage resort in Queensland.

Balcer has penned more than 150 episodes of “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and won numerous awards including an Emmy, Writers Guild award for teleplay, the Peabody Award, the Producers Guild Golden Laurel Award, three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America and two Silver Gavels from the American Bar Assn.

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