Friday, February 27th, 2015 - AIDC Ltd

Emma Masters, writer, director and producer from the Northern Territory is to receive a 4-week paid internship at Endemol Australia.

Wednesday marked the conclusion of the Australian International Documentary Conference’s annual event NET-WORK-PLAY. Hundreds of delegates from around the world enjoyed three days of vibrant speaker and workshop sessions, a market floor and roundtable sessions, and a number of industry opportunities for Australian documentary filmmakers and factual content creatives. This included AIDC’s ACCESS Initiative, presented this year in collaboration with the generous support of Endemol Australia.

ACCESS 2015, a valuable learning and mentoring program for emerging production talent seeking further career development within the professional creative sectors, was first initiated by AIDC in 2014. As part of the program a shortlist of 7 candidates were given complimentary event registration and access to all aspects of the 2015 event, as well as exclusive mentor sessions with key event speakers and international industry leaders.

Mentors for the 2015 edition included ABC Television’s Head of Content & Creative Development, Adrian Swift; Network Ten Documentary Producer and Writer, Nicole McCuaig; National Geographic Channels International VP of Development and Production, Stephen Hunter; Discovery Networks International’s Head of Production and Development Factual DNI Western Europe, Elizabeth McIntyre; Fresh One Productions CCO & Managing Director, Roy Ackerman; and Endemol Australia’s Head of Production & Development Trent Chapman and Executive Producer Judith John-Story.

During NET-WORK-PLAY 2015, Trent Chapman and Judith John-Story met individually with the candidates, and on the final day, announced which of them would undergo a 4-week internship with Endemol Australia, including travel and living expense support.

At the end of the program, Endemol Australia’s Trent Chapman said, “Endemol Australia is pleased to support the ACCESS Initiative and the candidates this year have been outstanding, with each person bringing their unique skills and passion to the table. We are delighted to offer the internship to Emma Masters and look forward to staying in touch with all the candidates.”

Emma Masters is a writer, director and producer from the Northern Territory. When she heard the exciting news she said, “I'm absolutely over the moon to be given the opportunity to learn from Endemol Australia - a production company I have long admired and a force in television. It has been such a privilege to participate in the ACCESS program with a group of talented individuals, and to meet with a range of the industry's movers and shakers. As a producer from the Northern Territory where the industry is developing, it is exciting to be given the chance to learn from the best in the business”.

At the conclusion of NET-WORK-PLAY AIDC’s Industry Programs Manager Amanda Hawley said, “We were blown away by the high quality ACCESS applications in 2015. Hopeful candidates came with a broad range of experiences and from incredibly diverse backgrounds, but the common theme throughout was a passion for creating innovative screen content. We wish Emma every success as she embarks on this exciting new journey, and express our immense gratitude to Endemol Australia for creating this wonderful opportunity.

NET-WORK-PLAY is the Australian International Documentary Conference’s annual industry event, advocating and creating collaborative networking opportunities between filmmakers and creatives as well as tech and digital providers to address the current state of online media convergence, and was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre 23-25 February 2015.

For further information about ACCESS contact Amanda Hawley on +61 (08) 8 7324 9987 or [email protected].