Magazine article Screen International

Tania Chambers to Leave Screen NSW

Magazine article Screen International

Tania Chambers to Leave Screen NSW

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After five years, Chambers will leave her job as chief executive of the active government agency.

One of Australia's most senior film bureaucrats, Tania Chambers, has decided not to seek renewal of her contract as chief executive of state government agency Screen NSW.

New South Wales is the most consistently active of all the Australian states.

She has been in the job for nearly five years and will leave in December.

During her leadership of Screen NSW there was a global financial crisis that left everybody jittery but Chambers was nevertheless able to secure an additional $5.3m (A$5m) per year in investment funds.

In the 12 months to June 30, the agency invested a total of $10.26 (A$9.6m) in the production of 48 film and television projects, which helped to leverage $153.8m (A$144m) worth of local production expenditure. This is more than double the number of projects and nearly three times the level of expenditure than two years earlier.

Thirteen of last year's projects were features, an estimated one-third of the national output.

There was also a considerable strengthening of the Australian dollar during her tenure, which negatively affected offshore production levels across the country. A-list crews are now back in work in Sydney, however, due to two big-budget US-supported Australian films: Baz Luhrmann's drama The Great Gatsby and Alex Proyas' big-budget action fantasy Paradise Lost.

"It is all about the diversity of the slate," says Chambers. …

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