At Screen Forever: Our take on screen business success

By November 16, 2015September 10th, 2018Entertainment Industry, Funding


This week, I’m heading to Melbourne for the Screen Forever conference a wide range of film and TV professionals will be meeting to discuss the state of their ever changing industry.

I’m hosting a panel discussion on Screen Australia’s Enterprise Funding and its role in building sustainable screen businesses. The panel is a selection of brilliant film professionals (Helen Panckhurst from Matchbox, Michael Tear from Wildbear and David Taylor from Playmaker), all of whom have grown their businesses with the help of Enterprise Funding.

From my initial chats with them, it’s clear that the funding is only one of the factors in building a sustainable screen business. Each of them have pointed to the importance of business analysis and planning – giving some serious thought to where your business is heading at the best ways to achieve your goals.

Screen Australia’s own research has resulted in the highlighting of a number of characteristics of successful film businesses including:

  • Collaboration with other businesses, and engagement in joint ventures
  • Mixed slates and income sources across a range of media
  • Generation of income from producer fees and royalties, and
  • A track record of audience engagement,

But from my discussions with the panel so far, it looks like we can also add rigourous business planning and sourcing solid advice from industry mentors to that list. I’m looking forward to getting their tips on what to concentrate on to grow your business, whether your business is funded or not.

I’ll report back next week. But if you’re at the conference, please come and say hello. Our Enterprise Funding panel session is on Thurs 19th at 1:30pm. And I’ll be tweeting from my account @sharped.

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