HONG KONG — Trade organizations, Screen Queensland and Australians in Film have set up an industry scholarship in memory of leading producer and distribution executive Greg Coote, who died earlier this year.
The Greg Coote Scholarship will offer a Queensland writer, producer, director or creative executive a placement for a minimum of 6-8 weeks in US television series “Writers’ Room,” valued at AU$10,000 ($9,000).
“Greg Coote was one of Australia’s greatest screen industry leaders and our aim with this scholarship is to honour his work and continue his extraordinary legacy of opening doors for Australians and help them to forge successful and fulfilling careers,” said Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira.
The award is to be announced by Australian star Hugh Jackman at an event Sunday (Oct. 26) in Santa Monica. It will also honour upcoming actors Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) and Brenton Thwaites (“The Giver”), with AiF Breakthrough Awards.
Coote’s career saw him work twice at Village Roadshow, become MD of Rupert Murdoch-owned Network Ten, join Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles as president, international theatrical and as chairman and CEO of Dune Entertainment, he co-financed more than 60 movies with 20th Century Fox, including “Avatar.” Latterly he co-found Larrikin Pictures, sat as a non-executive director on the board of Bollywood distributor Eros International and was chairman of US distributor China Lion.