Netflix partners with SCREEN FOREVER 2018

The acquisitions team behind the world’s leading entertainment service, Netflix will be exclusively presenting at SCREEN FOREVER 2018 in Melbourne, Victoria.

Since Netflix launched its Australian service in 2015, it has changed the way Australian audiences think of content. Netflix has also invested in Australian acquisitions, co-productions, distribution deals and original productions – including The Letdown, Tidelands, Pine Gap, Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette, CargoThe New Legends of Monkey, Glitch, Beat Bugs, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure and White Rabbit Project.

With more than 130 million subscribers around the world, Netflix is in a unique position to share insights on global audience behaviour. Australia’s screen industry will hear from one of the leading players redefining the nature of screened entertainment.

Screen Producers Australia (SPA) is delighted to announce that Netflix will be a supporting partner of SCREEN FOREVER 2018 held at the Crown Conference Centre in Melbourne from 20 – 22 November.

In a SCREEN FOREVER first, Netflix director of content acquisition, Lauren Smith, will feature in an exclusive fireside chat canvassing how the Internet entertainment service works with Australian creators to bring their stories to the world.

“Netflix has transformed the playing field for producers, broadcasters and distributors and we welcome the opportunity to deeply engage with the Netflix content team in Australia,” said SPA CEO, Matthew Deaner.

“For a company that is aiming to be simultaneously local, personal, and global, the insights of our special guest executive Lauren Smith will be an invaluable insight into the future of the industry and a prime opportunity for Australian producers to understand Netflix’s global acquisition strategy,” Deaner added.

Under Smith’s international remit she is responsible for acquiring content from independent studios and producers. Her recent acquisition highlights include Safe, Travelers, Trailer Park Boys, The Letdown, and the upcoming Australian original, the untitled Chris Lilley project. Smith previously worked at NBC Universal and Wasserman Media Group.

Smith was instrumental in the development of the Laura Waters-produced, untitled Chris Lilley project, which employs up to 350 screen professionals in Queensland.

Further keynote and programming announcements for #SCREENFOREVER2018 will be announced in the coming weeks.

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