Screenworks has made the difficult decision to cancel its Business of Producing event scheduled to be held in Ballina next week.

Earlier this week, Screenworks started to provide updates in relation to the Business of Producing event and COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). During the week, it has been monitoring all relevant health authority websites that have been set up specifically to keep event attendees and speakers updated about COVID-19.

Due to multiple factors including concerns for staff and other risks, Screenworks has decided that it is in the best interests to cancel the event and allow for attendees and speakers to cancel any travel plans and make other relevant arrangements.

It’s back in 2020 – bigger and better than ever.

Thursday 19 March – Saturday 21 March 2020
Ramada Hotel and Suites – 2 Martin Street, Ballina, NSW 2480


Screenworks Business of Producing brings together some of the screen industry’s most innovative and successful professionals to share insights and advice on best practice and current trends.  Guest speakers include producers, broadcast and SVOD executives from around the world, as well as representatives from the Australian screen industry funding bodies.

Held over three packed days with workshops, presentations, one on one meetings, round tables and networking events, Screenworks Business of Producing provides opportunities for regional practitioners to connect with global decision-makers.  The information imparted and networks created through this event could leverage your screen projects and your career.

Now in its fifth year, this not-to-be-missed seminar is ideal for screen producers at all stages of their career, content creators and anyone seeking a career in the global film and television industry.


Business of Producing – Producers Dinner

A sumptuous 3-course meal in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere giving participants the opportunity to network and mix informally with guest speakers and other attendees.


AACTA Pitch: Regional Landscapes in partnership with Screenworks

Have a great idea for the next classic Aussie film? Inspired by Australia’s diverse and unique landscapes? It’s time to get writing for the chance to develop your idea into a market-ready screenplay and get it in front of key industry figures!

Entries are now CLOSED for AACTA Pitch:
Regional Landscapes in partnership with Screenworks, a national pitching competition held at 2020 Business of Producing seminar, aimed to discover and develop an original feature film idea that celebrates Australia’s stunning regional areas.




To enquire about accommodation and flights, contact our Official Travel Partner TAG – Film & Media to take advantage of exclusive travel offers and secure your accommodation, including discounted rooms at Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina.

Contact the team at TAG via our special email – [email protected]


Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron

Situated on the shores of the beautiful Richmond River with 115 stylishly appointed hotel rooms and suites featuring stunning water and hinterland views, we bring a new level of luxury to Ballina accommodation.

Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron also offer a choice of dining options and facilities to help you enjoy your stay. We also have all the facilities to make your next conference a success.

Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron are offering Screenworks guests a discounted rate. Please contact them on 1800 826 181 or (02) 6618 1000 for more information.


Government Partner: Create NSW

Create NSW is the NSW Government’s new arts and cultural driver, which brings together arts, screen and culture functions in a new integrated entity. Create NSW was established on 1 April 2017 and has responsibility for many of the functions previously undertaken by Arts NSW and Screen NSW.


Principal Partner: Media Super

As an industry fund run only to benefit members on a not-for-profit model, we are active in our industries, promoting many things that will benefit members and employers. We support a variety of professional development programs, workplace education sessions and the development of financial literacy and understanding, as well as sponsoring a number of industry awards. We also provide a cash flow loan facility and access to a pre-sale advance loan to help finance film and TV productions.


Major Partner: Fremantle

Fremantle is one of the largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted content in the world. A global entertainment powerhouse, Fremantle has an outstanding international network of production teams, companies and labels in over 30 countries. We produce in excess of 12,000 hours of original programming, roll out more than 70 formats and air 400 programmes a year worldwide. The group distributes over 20,000 hours of content in more than 200 territories. We are also a world leader in digital and branded entertainment, with more than 370 million subscribers across 1,500 social channels and over 100 billion views across all platforms.

In Australia, Fremantle are leaders in original drama such as Wentworth, Picnic at Hanging Rock and Neighbours. It produces the hugely successful Australia’s Got Talent, Celebrity Name Game, Great Australian Bake Off, Grand Designs Australia, Escape from the City, The Recording Studio and Restoration Australia. Fremantle is also at the forefront in the creation and production of digital media content, brand integration and brand extensions including the popular Grand Designs Magazine and Australia’s number one selling board game, Family Feud.

We are part of RTL Group, a global leader across broadcast, content and digital, itself a division of the international media giant Bertelsmann.

For more information, visit, or follow us @FremantleHQ and visit our LinkedIn and Facebook pages


Major Partner: Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University is a multi-campus university on Australia’s east coast. We are proud of our reputation as a progressive institution and pride ourselves on our rich academic portfolio covering a wide range of disciplines.

The creative hub on our Lismore campus has modern purpose-built facilities for our contemporary music, media and visual arts students. This includes access to the latest video, audio and creative technology and software; radio and television studios; recording and production studios; a digital arts and design computer lab; and professional-standard concert and exhibition spaces in Studio One29.

The Southern Cross partnership with Screenworks adds a valuable dimension to the learning experience. Through Screenworks mentoring opportunities, our creative arts students gain insights from screen industry leaders and professionals who are based in the Northern Rivers region. They can establish industry connections and develop valuable professional networks.

Southern Cross University is proud to work with our partners to develop and enable creative futures for our graduates.


Media Partner: Inside Film Magazine

IF Magazine is an authoritative, independent publication for screen content professionals in Australia and New Zealand. Widely read and respected since inception in 1997, IF’s content is driven by original research and unique articles, not just press releases or aggregated content. Furthermore, content covers Australian film and television, distribution, exhibition, digital media, marketing, finance, and also includes the most comprehensive report on domestic screen production.

Extending upon IF magazine’s website is the bi-monthly print magazine. Every issue covers Australian film and television, distribution, exhibition, digital media, marketing, finance, and also includes the most comprehensive report on domestic screen production. IF prides itself on providing in-depth analysis with a fresh but considered appraisal of industry developments. Each issue also includes the IF FX section, which is dedicated to the entire range of special effects and visual effects across movies, television and games.


Event Partner: Ballina Council

Working with a regional community that is progressive, innovative and creative, Ballina Council strategies and services are designed to deliver an outstanding lifestyle for residents, workers and visitors.  The Ballina Shire Economic Development Strategy identifies ‘entertainment’ and ‘creative industries’as key industry sectors. A study by the Regional Australia Institute identified the region as having a greater prevalence of creative occupations such as media and arts.


Venue and Accommodation Partner: Ramada Hotel and Suites by Wyndham

Situated on the shores of the beautiful Richmond River with 115 stylishly appointed hotel rooms and suites featuring stunning water and hinterland views, Ramada Hotel and Suites by Wyndham bring a new level of luxury to Ballina accommodation.


Travel Partner: TAG Group

Backed by thirty years’ experience and a global presence, TAG is a leading international travel management company. TAG’s dedicated Film and Media division specialises in managing your travel and logistics – whether you are a production company or an independent studio. Whatever you need, wherever you are in the world, TAG is there for you. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To find out more about how TAG can assist your work, or to arrange travel to the upcoming ‘Business of Producing’ conference, contact screenworks@tag-group. com

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