Staff

Our team are a passionate group of people who love the screen industry. We all hail from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and professional experiences.

Ian Booth

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Booth

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Booth is the Chief Executive Officer of Screenwest. He commenced his current position as Chief Executive of ScreenWest in May 2007, taking on the role during a period of great expansion in the Western Australian film industry.

Ian stepped into the role from co-producing the adult drama series Marx and Venus delivered to SBS in early 2007 and the half hour drama Hidden Creatures, which screened across the international festival circuit.

Ian’s previous position at the ABC in Melbourne as Business Affairs Manager for Drama and Comedy, saw him working on projects including Kath & Kim, MDA, The Glasshouse, Enough Rope, The Shark Net, Marking Time and many others. Prior to the ABC he was the Business Affairs Manager at Screenwest.

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Lorraine Keane

Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Services Manager

Lorraine Keane

Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Services Manager

Lorraine Keane is Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Services Manager at Screenwest.

Lorraine has joined Screenwest as Chief Financial Officer and Manager Corporate Services, and was previously at Senses Australia and St Ives Group.

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Rikki Lea Bestall

Head of Development & Production

Rikki Lea Bestall

Head of Development & Production

Rikki Lea Bestall is Head of Development & Production at Screenwest and is responsible for the management of Screenwest’s development & production funding programs; leading the design, development and implementation of Screenwest’s project and practitioner development, digital and Indigenous programs to ensure they are industry relevant and achieve Screenwest’s strategic priorities; and providing high-level advice to industry and applicants on the creative development of teams and projects.

Rikki Lea grew up in Perth and graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She spent several years working in various production capacities in Australian film and television industry before moving to Los Angeles to further her career.

In 2005, she joined Sony Studio’s based film and television production company, Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, as their Director of Feature Development. During her time in Los Angeles she developed numerous feature and television projects and co-produced two studio feature films The Soloist (Dreamworks) and When in Rome (Disney) and left the company as Vice President of Development. She joined Screenwest in October 2011.

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Neta Gill

Marketing & Communications Manager

Neta Gill

Marketing & Communications Manager

Neta Gill is the Marketing & Communications Manager and is responsible for the management of the Screen Culture Fund and coordination of other special projects.

Neta previously worked at the Fire and Emergency Services Authority and the Heritage Council, Western Australia.

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Alex Hannell

Business Affairs Executive

Alex Hannell

Business Affairs Executive

Alex Hannell is Business Affairs Executive at Screenwest.

After sailing with his family from Turkey to New Zealand, Alex Hannell has landed at Screenwest, as our new Business Affairs Manager.  Hannell has extensive experience in the international screen industries.  Most recently he worked on the Graham Norton Show in London.  He has worked in various business affairs roles, notably at Warner Bros looking after indie film finance and as Head of Commercial Affairs for ITV’s distribution and international production.    During his time at ITV Hannell worked with Screenwest and various Australian programme acquisitions.

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Cristina Pozzan

Productions Investment Manager

Cristina Pozzan

Productions Investment Manager

Cristina Pozzan is Productions Investment Manager at Screenwest.

Cristina is a producer with experience across documentaries and drama productions. She was most recently Acting Executive Director and Executive Producer at Open Channel, Investment Manager at Film Victoria and has worked as an external assessor and consultant for various film agencies and production companies.

Cristina’s career spans over thirty years. Credits include the award winning feature film Return Home, documentaries Pop Movie, As The Mirror Burns, Aeroplane Dance, Punch Lines, Curtains For My Cabin, The Pecking Order, The Fifth Set, Life Is Elsewhere and interactive projects, Totallly Gorgeous and Mabo – The Native Title Revolution. Most recently produced was the 6 x 1 hour drama series Carla Cametti PD (SBS TV).

Contact Cristina or call (+61 8) 6169 2118

Nathan Gibbs

Factual Executive

Nathan Gibbs

Factual Executive

Nathan Gibbs is Factual Executive at Screenwest.

Nathan’s previous roles include Executive Producer at Seven Network, International Group Head of Format Acquisitions at Zodiak Media International, Head of Development at Endemol Australia and Head of Development at Fox World (Fox TV Studios Australia).

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Vikki Barr

Production Attraction & Services Executive

Vikki Barr

Production Attraction & Services Executive

Vikki Barr is the Production Attraction & Services Executive within the Screenwest Production team.

Vikki’s key responsibilities are to manage the day to day operations of Screenwest’s infrastructure strategy, locations and film friendly services activities; provide support and advice to productions shooting or intending to shoot in Western Australia; and oversee the marketing and promotion of Screenwest funding programs, locations, crew, WA screen businesses and infrastructure.

Vikki has over 25 years’ experience in all facets of the production process. Prior to her tenure at Screenwest, she worked in a number of production roles, most notably as the producer on the long running Channel 9 series McLeod’s Daughters.

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Devina McPherson

Indigenous Program Manager

Devina McPherson

Indigenous Program Manager

Devina McPherson, Screenwest Indigenous Program Manager

Devina is a descendant of Yamatji and Noongar, from the Murchison, Gascoyne and the southwest Boojarah and Gnaala Karla Booja country of Western Australia.

Devina is responsible for Screenwest development and production programs involving Indigenous practitioners and content.

Her previous experience includes seven years at the Film and Television Institute as a Producer and Production manager, where Devina brought Indigenous Western Australian stories to the screen through the archival and factual program Indigenous Community Stories. Devina has also previously worked on the Deadly Yarns series for the ABC, and on Bran Nue DaeStraight Shootin and various other short films. Prior to that Devina worked freelance as an editor, photographer, event manager and camera operator.

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Wendy Simmons

Development & Production Coordinator

Wendy Simmons

Development & Production Coordinator

Wendy Simmons is Development & Production Coordinator in the Development Team. She works closely with the Indigenous Manager on the provision of Screenwest’s Indigenous, Digital and short form development and production programs.

Wendy joined Screenwest in August 2010,as a Development Administration Officer in the Production Team. Since then has gained lots of agency experience and industry insight, having also worked as Manager, Projects and Programs and Digital Development Manager. She has a background in government, ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching and retail management and has studied Film and TV and Graphic Design.

Contact Wendy or call (+61 8) 61692113

Tamara Bardas

Senior Marketing & Partnerships Coordinator

Tamara Bardas

Senior Marketing & Partnerships Coordinator

Tamara Bardas is the Senior Marketing & Partnerships Coordinator in the Communications Team and manages the Screen Culture Fund, sponsorships, events and the Screenwest newsletter.

Tamara commenced at Screenwest in July 2015 as part of the Development Team. Prior to this she held Marketing, Project Manager, Account Manager and Product Development positions in the product design and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industries.

She enjoys working with the screen industry and wider community and is excited about Western Australian projects and events which showcase the richness of the State’s diverse culture. Her passion for creativity, organisation and communications comes through at Screenwest.

Contact Tamara or call (+61 8) 6169 2109

Shannon Jenkins

Corporate Services Officer

Shannon Jenkins

Corporate Services Officer

Shannon Jenkins is the Corporate Services Officer at Screenwest.

Her responsibilities include undertaking special projects, conducts research and analysis; compiling funding program statistics; maintaining data integrity of funding program database; and providing quality assurance for funding program information including information on the website.

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Liang Xu

Finance Officer

Liang Xu

Finance Officer

Liang Xu is the Finance Officer at Screenwest.

She is responsible for processing Screenwest’s accounts payable and accounts receivable; analysing disbursement and distribution reports; and assisting with debtor management.

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Alan Payne

Development Coordinator

Alan Payne

Development Coordinator

Alan Payne is Development Coordinator at Screenwest.

Alan is the former Western Australian manager of the Australian Writers’ Guild, supporting performance writers and other creators in theatre and screen. Alan has worked in cinema programming, theatre management, screen production and adult education.

Alan’s key responsibilities include managing Documentary & Television Development, Matched Development Investment Fund, Emergency Development Investment Fund, Bill Warnock Writers Initiative, Feature Film Development Track, Professional Development – Mentorships and Professional Development – Attachments and Internships.

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Gianni Di Giovanni

Digital Marketing Officer

Gianni Di Giovanni

Digital Marketing Officer

Gianni Di Giovanni is Digital Marketing Officer at Screenwest.

Gianni implements and coordinates Screenwest’s corporate and project digital communications framework and strategies. He assists with the implementation of marketing and communications activities including events.

Gianni manages the website and works with external vendors to coordinate upgrades, assists with Screenwest’s social media channels and creates video and multimedia content to promote the Western Australian screen industry.

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Caroline Middleton

Business Support Officer

Caroline Middleton

Business Support Officer

Caroline Middleton is the Business Support Officer.

Caroline provides administrative support for SuperDoc, Screen Business Development Fund, Industry Enhancement Fund, Drama and Documentary Production related funding initiatives, including funding deliverables and acquittals. She also provides administrative support to Director Production Investment and Screenwest’s Locations and Film Friendly initiatives and can also provide updates about the status of production related funding and projects.

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Amy Douglas

Executive Support Officer

Amy Douglas

Executive Support Officer

Amy Douglas is Executive Support Officer at Screenwest.

Amy is responsible for providing administrative support (including diary management) to the Chief Executive and general administrative support to the wider Screenwest office.

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Georgia Landre-Ord

Development & Production Assistant

Georgia Landre-Ord

Development & Production Assistant

Georgia Landre-Ord is Development & Production Assistant at Screenwest.

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Louise Brady

Development & Production Assistant

Louise Brady

Development & Production Assistant

Louise Brady is Development & Production Assistant at Screenwest.

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Nicola Bartlett

Locations Administration Officer

Nicola Bartlett

Locations Administration Officer

Nicola Bartlett is Locations Administration Officer at Screenwest.

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