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Barbara Connell joins Screenwest as Drama Development Manager

Screenwest is excited to welcome Barbara Connell as Drama Development Manager.

Barbara Connell joins Screenwest, bringing with her extensive local and international screen industry experience. As Drama Development Manager, Barbara will focus on the delivery and management of all of Screenwest’s drama development programs including managing the assessment and selection processes of these funding initiatives, for all platforms.

Barbara leaves her current position as Chief Operating Officer and Director, Development for Demand Film in Western Australia to commence with Screenwest in this exciting new role. As Director, Development of Demand Film, Barbara was responsible for identifying narrative feature and feature documentary film properties for early acquisition and working with filmmakers to develop and deliver finished products to standards required for theatrical distribution in multiple territories.

As an active member of the WA screen industry Barbara held a board position with the Australian Writer’s Guild National Executive Committee and was a founding member of ScreenWriters WA and the Pinnacles Screen Collective.

With over 25 years’ experience with local, national and international production entities as a freelance screenwriter, development consultant and script editor, her list of clients and commissions include Maguire Entertainment, Sundance Institute and Beyond Films. Barbara has previously held positions as Development Manager with Taylor Media, Acting Development Manager with Screenwest, Acting Director at WA Screen Academy and Senior Project Officer with the WA State Government Department of Culture and the Arts.

Screenwest’s Head of Screen Investment and Strategic Projects Matthew Horrocks explained, Barbara has an uncommon mix of experience. Having a Development Manager who has also run her own distribution company will be a major asset for Screenwest.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Screenwest team and to have this new role through which I can continue to support our local industry,” Barbara said. “It is a fantastic opportunity, and I’m looking forward to working with filmmakers at all levels of professional practice in the development and realisation of their stories”.

Barbara Connell will commence her role as Drama Development Manager on Monday 25 November, 2019.


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