Screenworks, in partnership with the Byron Writers Festival presents

a one-day workshop for authors and content creators who want their work to be noticed by screen producers

August 3
8:30am – 4:30pm
Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay

A screen producer, a literary agent and two broadcasters (including one who oversees Screen NSW’s script development program) will explain what they look for in choosing books to adapt for film, TV and online productions.

A screen industry specialist and a graphic designer will then guide the workshop participants on how to prepare a pitch that will appeal to screen producers.

Following this, each of the guest speakers will work with a small group of participants advising each participant on how to develop their pitch material.

Guest speakers include Angie Fielder from Aquarius Films (Lion), Sally Riley from ABC TV, Karen Radzyner from SBS TV and Screen NSW’s Amplifier and Pippa Masson from Curtis Brown.

Limited spaces available.

Cost: $115 / $95 Screenworks and Byron Writers Festival members




Angie is a producer and partner in Aquarius Films. She produced the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated feature film Lion, alongside Academy Award-winning producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning of See-Saw Films. Other recent projects Angie has produced include twice Archibald Prize-winner Del Kathryn Barton’s film Red starring Cate Blanchett, and Berlin Syndrome (which Angie EP’d) directed by Cate Shortland, written by Shaun Grant. Angie is also exec-producing Roller Dreams – a feature doc about the iconic roller dancing scene in LA’s Venice Beach. Her animated short Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose, adapted from the paintings by Del Kathryn Barton and co-directed by Barton and Brendan Fletcher (Mad Bastards), premiered at the Berlinale in 2015 and won Best Short Film at the AACTA Awards. The film features the voices of Mia Wasikowska, Geoffrey Rush and David Wenham.

Angie’s feature film Wish You Were Here, starring Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price and Teresa Palmer and directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith opened the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and won numerous awards including the AACTA Award for Best Screenplay and the Film Critic’s Circle Award for Best Film.

Her short films Crossbow, Netherland Dwarf (written and directed by David Michod) and I Love Sarah Jane (written by Michod and directed by Spencer Susser) have screened at high profile international film festivals and have won numerous awards including the AACTA for Best Short Screenplay and the Prix Canal at Clermont Ferrand.


Karen has recently joined the Scripted Team at SBS as a Commissioning Editor. Previously at Screen NSW, she was the Development & Production Executive in charge of Amplifier: Adaptation, the feature film development program she continues to oversee.

Karen produced two multi-award-winning TV mini-series – Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo (2011) and genre anthology Two Twisted (2006), the latter produced with Bryan Brown. She is also the producer of Being Venice (2012), the debut feature for poet Miro Bilbrough and Karen’s production company Dragonet Films. In 2014, she joined the Development team at Scott Free Films, London on a Screen Australia fellowship.

A BA (Communications) graduate from the University of Technology Sydney, Karen won the Photography Prize and went on to produce many award-winning short films, music videos and commercials.

Karen previously worked as a Producer Offset assessor – and separately, managed the IndiVision Project Development Lab, both for Screen Australia. She loves uniting all the elements that make for great screen content – the creative, the business, the people.


Pippa has worked at Curtis Brown since 2001. Over the years she has built a comprehensive list of adult fiction – across both literary and commercial markets and including historical fiction, drama, women’s fiction and debut novels; non-fiction including memoir, humour and some illustrated lifestyle books and a wide variety of children’s books spanning picture books, middle-grade and young adult fiction. She is currently Treasurer of the Australian Literary Agent’s Association.



Sally Riley is Head of Scripted Production at ABC TV.

Riley joined ABC TV in 2010 as Head of Indigenous, and since that time has achieved an outstanding track record of ground-breaking programs, including Black Comedy, Gods of Wheat Street, 8MMM Aboriginal Radio, the multi-award-winning Redfern Now and the critically-acclaimed six-part drama, Cleverman. She is currently responsible for leading the Fiction, Comedy, Indigenous and Children’s production teams.

A Wiradjuri woman, Riley has been at the forefront of the Indigenous film and television industry in Australia. She is a strong advocate for Aboriginal self-representation in the Australian film industry and played a vital role in Indigenous filmmaking during the ten years she worked as Head of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department.

Riley was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal in 2008 for her services to the development of initiatives that have increased the participation of Indigenous Australians in the film and television industry. In 2011, she was awarded the Cecil Holmes Award from the Australian Directors Guild for her ongoing career support and facilitation of Indigenous film and television directors.

In 2016, Sally was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers.

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Books to Screen is being delivered in partnership with Byron Writers Festival.

Screenworks is supported by Screen NSW through its Industry Development Fund.

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