Screenwest pushes local angle with new CEO

Rikki Lea Bestall replaces Willie Rowe as CEO in Screenwest at a time of considerable change.

Screenwest has announced that Rikki Lea Bestall has been appointed as CEO, replacing Willie Rowe who held the position for three years.

Bestall graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a degree in arts management in 2001, and went into research and production with Disney Channel Australia for two years until 2005. She became the assistant to US producer Gary Foster when he made Ghost Rider in Melbourne, and then made the transition to Los Angeles where she worked as VP – Features for Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment for the next five years. She was co-producer on The Soloist, directed by Joe Wright, the UK director of Atonement and Darkest Hour; she then co-produced Kristen Bell vehicle When in Rome.

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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.