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MIKE JONES

SWEET POTATO FILMS

Mike Jones is a writer, script producer, and story editor whose projects have received numerous AWG, SPA, ACCTA, & ADG awards & nominations. Mike is best known as an expert in speculative & dark genre narratives but is equally adept in shaping narrative comedy. Currently he serves as story editor with boutique TV production company, Sweet Potato Films, whose success includes the celebrated supernatural drama series, The Kettering Incident.

A well regarded story developer, Mike has worked with companies including Warner Bros, Jungle, Princess Pictures, and Every Cloud Productions where he was story-producer of youth-drama series Deadlock. As a script-producer for the ABC Mike has also overseen celebrated comic-drama series including F*cking Adelaide, Other People’s Problems, and Wrong Kind of Black.

Beyond from TV, Mike was co-creator of the virtual-reality detective-thriller VRNoirwith StartVR; short-listed for the International Proto Award for most Innovative VR 2016. He was also co-writer of speculative fiction VR mystery thriller, Awakewhich premiered at SXSW and featured at Cannes in 2018.

Mike has lead long-form script development labs for YouTube, served as a development executive to Screen Australia, and lectured in story & writing at the Australian Film TV & Radio School, where he currently sits on the AFTRS industry advisory group. A published novelist of gothic horror fiction, his early career spanned writing for theatre – where he was twice recipient of a national young playwright’s award – and worked as a stage and screen industry journalist.

MIKE JONES

Writer & Script Developer

YOUNG DIGITAL ADULTS: JOHN HUGHES AND THE NEW WAVE OF PUBERTY BLUES

Conference Hall 3, Level 2

Not since the 80’s and the era of John Hughes has the young adult demographic been taken so seriously. Sure, the Twilight and Marvel franchises championed the genre but platforms like Netflix, Disney and Amazon know how to capture a migrating, fickle audience. The YA demographic was born digital and is renowned for its disdain […]

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STORIES FROM THE CITY AND THE SEA

Unplugged Cafe

Creative partnerships are the lifeblood of our screen industry. From the macro to the micro, it is relationships that keep this business alive. Whether its mentor, mentee, muse or co-creator the intimacy of mutual collaboration, built on trust and shared visions, is one of the most valuable tricks of the trade that we can have as […]

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MYSTICAL NOIR & THE GLOBAL ZEITGEIST

Conference Hall 2, Level 2

Supernatural genres and the international market; writing and producing grounded drama with elevated concepts. Ghosts, ghouls, altered realities, and unearthly forces — high concept genre has long come out of the ghetto and placed itself front and centre of the international drama landscape. But what are the real challenges of writing, producing, and selling supernatural […]

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