Meet & Pitch at SCREEN FOREVER!


The SPA Connect International Partnership Market (IPM) and Domestic Partnership Market (DPM) are part of SPA Connect and are selective meeting opprotunites that provide Australian feature film and television producers opportunities to create, build upon and develop relationships with international or local film and television producers who are looking for co-venture or co-production opportunities.

Participation is for Australian producers will be matched with potential international or local partners. Participants must be registered for SCREEN FOREVER. Two of the key ways in which the markets operate is through READY, STEADY, PITCH! and our SCREEN FOREVER Roundtables.

Spots are pre-booked on a first come first serve basis available only to registered SCREEN FOREVER delegates. When bookings open, delegates already registered will be sent the Booking Form via email by WALDRONSMITH Management. Click here to regsiter now and be first to book when Ready, Steady, Pitch! and Roundtables open. Once bookings open, they can be made when registering for conference – only while spots last!


SPA Connect Ready, Steady, Pitch! is a high energy, no second chances, fun and fast pitching market for delegates. Each Pitch session is 10 minutes long. In five quick minutes you need to pitch your project to Broadcasters and Production Companies and then receive constructive feedback. Spots are pre-booked on a first come, first serve basis. All registered delegates will receive the link after registering for the Conference.

Ready, Steady, Pitch! Thursday 17 November, 11.30am – 12.30pm

Roy Ashton
 – Partner, Head of TV Literary and Packaging Department, The Gersh Agency
Mark Gooder – Co-President for Cornerstone Films, Cornerstone Films
Peter Lawson – Producer, Steel Springs Pictures
Simonne Overend
– VP Of Scripted Development, Essential Media & Entertainment
Lindsay Salt – Head Of Development, SKY Drama
Alison Warner
– Vice President of IP Sales, Acquisitions and Co-Production, Technicolor
Jason Behan
 – Vice President Acquisitions ANZ, Universal Pictures (Australasia)
Simon De Bruyn – Acquisitions Executive, XYZ Films
Bernadette O’Mahony – Head of Development and Production, ACTF

Ready, Steady, Pitch! Thursday 17 November, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Hannah Barnes
– General Manager Lifestyle, Foxtel
Steve Bibb – Head of Factual, ABC
Theirry Bled – Executive Producer, Discovery Networks
Jon Casimir – Head of Entertainment, ABC
Warren Clarke – Development Executive, Matchbox Pictures
Neal Downward – SBS Digital, SBS
Susie Jones – Commissioning Editor, Unscripted, SBS
Jess Leslie – Development Executive, Princess Pictures
Kelrick Martin – Head of Indigenous, ABC
Sue Masters – Head of Scripted, SBS
Joseph Maxwell – Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, SBS
Elissa McKeand – Development Executive, Foxtel
Callum Metcalfe – Development Executive, Fremantlemedia Australia
Mary-Ellen Mullane – Senior Commissioning Editor, NITV
Chris Rose – Head of Animation, ABC
Jonathan Rudd
– VP, Programming and Production, Discovery Networks
Brett Sleigh
– Scripted Content, ABC


SPA Connect Roundtables provide you with the opportunity to meet leading local and international guests in a relaxed and informal environment. Each guest heads a table and talks about their organisation and their role, current industry trends and the types of projects currently being commissioned or financed. Each roundtable will run for 25 minutes and will include nine people per table plus the guest of honour. GET IN THE KNOW! Spots are pre-booked on a first come first serve basis available only to registered SCREEN FOREVER delegates.

Roundtables Wednesday 16 November, 11.30am – 12.00pm

Sasha Lloyd – Head Of International, A24 Films
Keli Lee – Managing Director, International Content, Platforms & Talent, Disney-ABC Television Group
Alison Warner
– Vice President of IP Sales, Acquisitions and Co-Production, Technicolor
Sarah Lancaster – Production Attraction & Development Executive, SAFC
Simon De Bruyn – Acquisitions Executive, XYZ Films
Susie Jones – Commissioning Editor Unscripted, SBS
Joseph Maxwell – Head of Documentaries, SBS
Jon Casimir – Head Of Entertainment, ABC Television

Roundtables Wednesday 16 November, 12.00pm – 12.30pm

Peter Lawson
 – Producer, Steel Springs Pictures
Chris Payne – Head of International Relations, NZ Film Commission
Nicola Van Der Meijden
– Head of Creative and Commercial Entertainment, SKY Network Television
Steve Bibb – Head Of Factual, ABC TV
Rod Allan – Chief Executive Officer, Docklands Studios Melbourne
Amal Baggar – VP Development and Production, Screen Queensland
Rick Kalowski – Head Of Comedy, ABC TV

Roundtables Wednesday 16 November, 1.30pm – 2.00pm

Bruna Papandrea
 – Producer, Make Movies
Lindsay Salt
– Head of Development, SKY UK
Marlon Vogelgesang – Finance Associate, Head Gear Film
Thierry Bled – Executive Producer, Discovery Networks
Mark Gooder – Co-President, Cornerstone Films

Jonathan Rudd – VP, Programming and Production, Discovery Networks
Libbie Doherty – Head Of Childrens and Education, ABC TV

Roundtables Wednesday 16 November, 2.00pm – 2.30pm

Roy Ashton
– Head of TV Literary & Packaging Dept, The Gersh Agency

Jason Behan – Vice President, Acquisitions, Universal Pictures Australia
Ant Horn
– Head of Legal, Viacom International Media Networks
Ben Richardson
– SVP & GM, Viacom International Media Networks
Leisa Sadler
– General Manager, Branded Media Content, Disney Channels Australia & New Zealand
Georgina Waite
– Head Business Affairs, ABC TV
Alastair McKinnon – Acting Head of Fiction, ABC TV
Lottie Wilson – Acquisition Manager, BBC Worldwide
Rachel Bailey
– Head Of Programming, BBC Worldwide

Roundtables Wednesday 16 November, 2.30pm – 3.00pm

Annie Murray – Senior Comissioner, SKY Network Television
Michael Gordon – TV Scripted Agent, CAA
Callum Metcalfe – Development Executive, Fremantlemedia Australia
Anni Browning – Managing Director, Film Finances
Cathy Rodda – Development & Investment Manager, Film Victoria
Lynda Carruthers – Head of Production Services, Fox Studios Australia
Bernadette O’Mahoney – Head of Development And Production, ACTF

Roundtables Wednesday 16 November, 3.00pm – 3.30pm

Paul Cowley
– Deputy Director, HW Wood
Bruna Papandrea – Producer, Make Movies
Virginia Whitwell – Head of Production, Madman Production Co
Jonathon Summerhayes – Director Of Television, Fremantlemedia Australia
Beth Hart – Director Of Television Content, Fremantlemedia Australia
Paul Wiegard – Managing Director, Madman Entertainment
Mary-Ellen Mullane – Senior Comissioning Editor, NITV
Jade Christian – Commissioning Editor, NITV
Sue Masters
– Head of Scripted, SBS
April Tafe – Supervisor Scripted, SBS

Bookings for Roundtables and Ready, Steady Pitch! open on Monday 7 November.