NZFC CEO to take over at Oz federal funding body

HONG KONG – Graeme Mason has been appointed as the new head of Australian film and TV funding body Screen Australia.

He takes the reins Nov. 1 and replaces the incumbent Ruth Harley.

Mason is chief executive of the New Zealand Film Commission and will resign his post there in October.

Previously in the U.K. he worked across all aspects of film production, sales and acquisitions and distribution for companies including Manifesto and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.  From 1998 to 2002 he was president of worldwide acquisitions for Universal Studios. He then joined Channel 4 Television as head of media projects and later as managing director of rights before moving to the NZFC in 2009.

“The board was extremely impressed by Graeme’s extensive commercial experience and his unique perspective on the need for a screen agency to create a bridge between industry and government, and a balance between culture and commerce,” said Screen Australia chairman Glen Boreham in a prepared statement.

“After so many years away I am delighted to be coming home to Australia to take on such an exciting role and to build on the great work of Ruth Harley and her team. I am really looking forward to working as part of the Australian screen industry to help tell our stories to domestic and global audiences and to continue to build a vibrant and sustainable screen sector,” Mason said.

Screen Australia is the federal body formed in 2008 from the merger of the Australian Film Commission, Film Australia Limited and the Film Finance Corp. Australia. It was headed by New Zealander Harley since its inception.

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