Oz film fund exec subject of probe

Robin James on leave pending investigation

SYDNEY — The founding CEO of Queensland’s state film funder, Robin James, is on leave pending a probe into alleged misconduct.

The Pacific Film and Television Commission board, under new chairman Jim Soorley, is investigating but remains tight-lipped about James’ alleged transgressions.

Gossip is swirling about discontent among staff at the body responsible for dispensing A$9.9 million ($7 million) annually across all PFTC activities.

PFTC has infrastructure and workforce responsibilities, develops and invests in local production, pursue foreign production and runs the Brisbane Film Festival.

Soorley joined the PFTC board 18 months ago as deputy chairman after a purge of its veteran members. He took over from chairman Des Power last month.

James is well regarded internationally as the immediate past prexy of the Assn. of Film Commissioners Intl. (he was the first non-American to hold the post), and he remains a director of the org.

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