The Australian screen producer in transition

Mark Ryan, Ben Goldsmith, Stuart Cunningham, Deb Verhoeven

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The role of the screen producer is ramifying. Not only are there numerous producer categories, but the screen producer function is also found on a continuum across film, television, advertising, corporate video, and the burgeoning digital media sector. In recent years, fundamental changes to distribution and consumption practices and technologies should have had a correlate impact on screen production practices and on the role of existing screen producers. At the same time, new and recent producers are learning and practicing their craft in a field that has already been transformed by digitisation and media convergence. Our analysis of the work, experience and outlook of screen producers in this chapter is based on data collected in the Australian Screen Producer Survey (ASPS), a nation-wide survey conducted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, the media marketing firm Bergent Research, and the Centre for Screen Business at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in 2008/09 and 2011. We analyse the results to better understand the practice of screen production in a period of industry transition, and to recognise the persistence of established production cultures that serve to distinguish different industry sectors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeyond the bottom line: The producer in film and television studies
EditorsA Spicer, C Meir, A T McKenna
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781441172365
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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