Graeme Mason will succeed Dr Ruth Harley as the new CEO of Screen Australia, it has been announced.
Selected from an extensive field of over 250 international candidates, Mason has over 20 years of international experience in film, television and multi-media businesses and is currently the CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission.
The Australian-born Mason was the Senior Vice President of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment during his early career and was actively involved with the international licensing and distribution of films like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He then became President of Acquisitions for Universal Pictures for three years, based in London and LA, before joining the UK's leading media entity Channel 4, establishing a new Film Division and supervising the completion of Film4 titles. More recently, Mason was executive producer of the London based independent film production entity Scarlet Pictures.
“The Board was extremely impressed by Graeme's extensive commercial experience and his unique perspective on the need for a screen agency to create a bridge between industry and government, and a balance between culture and commerce,” said Screen Australia Chair Glen Boreham.
“This appointment will help strengthen Screen Australia's important role in the rapidly diversifying screen environment,” said minister of the arts Tony Burke.
Mason commented, “After so many years away I am delighted to be coming home to Australia to take on such an exciting role and to build on the great work of Ruth Harley and her team. I am really looking forward to working as part of the Australian screen industry to help tell our stories to domestic and global audiences and to continue to build a vibrant and sustainable screen sector.”
SBS approached several filmmakers for comment, and while none wanted to go on record, there's been a positive response to the appointment.
Graeme Mason will commence his new role in November for a five-year term.