Former Screen Australia head of development Louise Gough has taken up an executive producer role with Picking Scabs, the joint venture between See-Saw Films and writer/showrunner Samantha Strauss.
Known for her work as script editor, script assessor, and dramaturgical consultant, Gough’s 30-year career has included roles as head of development at Arenamedia, head of new work at Belvoir Theatre, editorial manager at ABC TV Drama and narrative comedy script manager at VicScreen.
She was also on the development team at Madman and previously worked at Screen Australia as a development executive (story), with experience as a script advisor with Sources 2 in Europe, and as an advisor at the Berlinale Talent Campus Script Station.
Gough, who will report to Strauss and See-Saw Film’s head of film and television Australia, Liz Watts, said she “could not be more honoured and thrilled to be invited into the See-Saw Films’ family”.
“I have long admired Iain Canning and Emile Sherman and the stories that See-Saw Films bring to the world,” she said.
“It is a company with global reach, who work with the highest calibre creatives and who produce meaningful and superbly executed stories that enrich our understanding of the world. I am so looking forward to working with Liz Watts and the See-Saw team and with Samantha Strauss and Picking Scabs as well as our creative partners.
“Sam is a vivid creator who embraces rich and resonant themes in forms that hit the heart, humour, and pain of life, wrapped up in joyous rides. Liz, in her sustained and stellar career, is a tremendous role model for me as I step into this position.”