Deaner opens Screen Forever 2019, reveals new way to entice government

Deaner focused on moving the lobbying into new territory, to talk the talk of opportunistic globalism. It works.

Matthew Deaner, CEO of Screen Producers Australia opened the Screen Forever conference with a speech summarising the state of play. The issues are now very familiar, but SPA is drawing on a new thread to hold the conversation together.

First he unleashed the threats. The unregulated SVOD services are hacking into audiences for local media. In a nice piece of lobby-speak he said, ‘Without regulation of content on streaming services the bandwidth offered to the public will be locked up with vertical integration of the large studios into the emerging distribution pipes’.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.