Mark Lazarus Joins Arclight Films in Australia

HONG KONG — Industry veteran Mark Lazarus has joined sales and finance company Arclight Films as head of creative and acquisitions in Australia.

He joins from federal funding body Screen Australia, where he was head of drama investment and had been involved with movies including “Red Hill,” The Babadook,” and “Predestination.”

“His reputation precedes him in bringing priceless, in-depth, hands-on experience in the successful development of projects. Mark knows precisely how to ensure a film has the proper foundation from which to grow and having worked together on a variety of projects over the years, we foresee a very fruitful future together,” said Arclight’s MD Gary Hamilton.

Lazarus replaces Michael Wrenn who has left Arclight to set up again as an independent producer. He is currently at work on Ben Elton’s “The Wiggles – Pandamonium” and Stephan Elliot’s “Madams,” both of which Arclight is representing.

Lazarus has previously held executive positions at the film development branch of the Australian Film Commission, Filmgraphics Entertainment, Ocean Pictures and Icon Pictures.

Earlier this week Screen Australia development executive Jo Dillon joined state film support body Screen Queensland as its head of development. She replaces the long-standing Jock Blair, who is to retire.

It is not clear whether the two departures are directly connected to the wave of job cuts and restructuring announced last week at Screen Australia as a result of federal funding cuts.

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