Aussie producer elected president of org

Hollywood-based Aussie producer Antony I. Ginnane has been elected prexy of the Screen Producers’ Assn. of Australia, beating incumbent Trish Lake and contender Michael Bouchier.

Ginnane, who exec produced “Sally Marshall Is Not an Alien” and is topper of distrib IFM, has pledged to relocate to Melbourne and attend all SPAA meetings in Oz despite his international commitments.

His appointment coincides with the resurgence of interest in pics that he pioneered, Aussie genre titles of the 1970s and 1980s, thanks to the theatrical release of doc “Not Quite Hollywood.”

In Australia, a dramatic shift is under way in the way pics are financed, from direct subsidy to a 40% offset system similar to the tax rebate system once used to great effect by Ginnane.

Prexy-elect petitioned SPAA membership and other bizzers to vote for him because of his intimate knowledge of 30 years of Oz film financing.

“As we move into a new regime of film and TV financing in Australia, the SPAA president will need to have a practical understanding of the international financing landscape for film and TV in these times of change,” he wrote.

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