AIDC’s 2015 event, NET-WORK-PLAY, marks the end of Executive Director Joost den Hartog’s decade-long tenure with the company.
Paying tribute last night to his tireless contribution to the company during that time, AIDC Co-Chair Karena Slaninka said, “Joost has been the longest serving Executive Director of the AIDC. Under his leadership the conference, market and screening program has grown into a key annual event on the international screen industry calendar. Joost has been a dedicated and enthusiastic leader of the organisation and we acknowledge his invaluable contribution to the Australian documentary industry”.
For his final event Joost led the development of NET-WORK-PLAY in recognition of the changing landscape in funding and business models and as the rise of the digital age offers more and easier access for audiences everywhere. He created a conference environment which recognises and embraces online media convergence.
In response to Slaninka’s tribute den Hartog said, “It has been a real privilege to run AIDC for the last 9 years. The support I have received from the people I have worked with over the years, the AIDC board, and the Australian documentary community has been such an amazing experience. I will be sad to leave this organisation, but I trust I will still be part of the great Australian production community through my new role at RiAus, The Australian Science Channel”.
Den Hartog moves to a new position as Digital Content Manager for RiAus, Australia’s only dedicated on-demand science channel, where he will focus on the curation, marketing and development of digital content.
NET-WORK-PLAY is presented by AIDC Ltd, a 27-year-old peak organisation for the factual film and television industries. AIDC’s annual events have a strong reputation for bringing the Australian and international factual content industry together for an extensive conference program and marketplace. AIDC defines ‘content’ as television and streaming product, with an emphasis on documentary, specialist factual, unscripted programs and factual entertainment.
The AIDC Board will commence recruitment for this executive leadership position in the coming weeks.
NET-WORK-PLAY runs 23-25 February at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia.
For further information about NET-WORK-PLAY contact Spencer Scholz on +61 8 7324 9987 or [email protected]