Governance

David Court

Chairman (ACT)

David has been involved in the financing of more than a dozen film and television productions including John Weiley’s Antarctica, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, Dean Cavell’s, The Wiggles Movie, Jerzy Domaradski’s Lilian’s Story, Robert Connolly’s The Bank, Guy Gross’ Old Tom, Andrew Horne’s, The Animated Leunig and Don Featherstone’s The One Percenters.

David was also the editor of the highly regarded industry newsletter Entertainment Business Review. As author of Film Assistance: Future Options (Allen & Unwin, 1986), he was the policy architect of the Film Finance Corporation, established by the Australian Government in 1988. In 2010, with Sir Peter Jackson, he undertook a review of the New
Zealand Film Commission for the NZ Government. David holds a PhD from the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.

 


Scott Chamberlain

ACT

Scott is in the Managing Director of Chamberlains Law, a full-service legal firm with an innovative online presence as well as the tradition legal services. Scott has a strong interest in the screen industry and has been a long-term sponsor of ScreenACT and ACTSIA.
 


John L Simpson

NSW

John is the CEO of Titan View, a full service distribution company for film, TV and digital media. John’s background is in film and theatre and has a strong focus on marketing. He has been a mentor to ScreenACT and local practitioners over the past 3 years.
 


Michael Tear

ACT

Michael Tear is the CEO of WildBear Entertainment which was formed when Canberra production company Bearcage merged with WildFury in 2014.
WildBear have produced for leading international and Australian broadcasters including National Geographic, Discovery, Arte/ZDF, CCTV, FINAS Malaysia, PBS, Beijing TV, ABC TV, SBS, FOXTEL, and the Nine Network. With over 40 staff WildBear is one of Australia’s leading independent production companies. Michael was the Chair of the
ScreenACT taskforce for 5 years.
 


John Frohlich

ACT

John is a Canberra based writer/producer. His locally produced film, “The Competition” has been picked up for international theatrical and DVD distribution. John has a long history of training in the screen industry and was Head of Communication, Media and Music at Canberra Institute of Technology. John now works as a freelance writer/producer and is currently Director of the Canberra Short Film Festival.
 


Peter Bayliss

ACT

Peter Bayliss is a Chartered Accountant and Managing Director of Into Tomorrow (Arts Business Services) and First Base Music (Music Artist Services).
Peter has been involved in the Australian arts industry for over 20 years in a number of roles including artist management, booking and promotion while also developing his skills in accounting and business through his work across private enterprise, community and arts organisations and government.
He has also held board positions with organisations including Music Managers Forum Australia (MMF), Radio 2XX, Australian Association of Social Workers & MusicACT. Currently Peter is Treasurer for Ausdance National and ACT Screen Investment Association.
 


Sandra Sdraulig

VIC

Sandra Sdraulig AM is an Executive Coach & owner of Through the Roof: Executive Coaching Women, Chair of the Adelaide Film Festival and Vice President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship. She is also a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience as a film and TV executive in both the commercial and cultural sectors of the Australian film, TV and digital media industry.

Previously, she was the CEO of Film Victoria; Producer & Presenter of Friday on My Mind, a weekly live interview program for practitioners across film, TV and new media; Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival and Film Distribution & Marketing Manager for Palace Entertainment. In 2012 she was awarded an Order of Australia for her leadership and contribution to the Australian film and TV industry.