Molly Haddon has joined ARRI ANZ as a technical sales advisor. 

In this wrap:

Casting director Alison Telford goes freelance

Sixty40 brings on three new directors

Prime Focus Technologies opens Sydney office, hires Graeme Whineray 

Molly Haddon joins ARRI ANZ

David Blackett named group GM Magna Systems and Engineering 

Casting director Alison Telford goes freelance 

After 20 years as a casting director for ABC TV, Alison Telford has gone freelance, establishing her own agency in South Melbourne.

Telford has cast ABC shows such as Glitch, Please Like Me, Kath and Kim, We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Sea Change. She has set up an office, audition studio, meeting room and viewing lounge in The Irish Linen House, 253 Moray St, South Melbourne.

Sixty40 brings on three new directors

Brazilian mixed media director Boca (Marcos Ceravolo), French animation director-illustrator Skull (Frédérick Venet) and design led storyteller Kyra Bartley have joined the Sydney office of production company and animation studio Sixty40. The company has recently worked on TVC campaigns for clients such as Kmart, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.

Sixty40 executive creative director Simon Robson says the focus for the Sydney studio was to approach directors that bring a fresh edge to the local market. 

“Sixty40 started out as an animation studio and over the past 15 years has done some terrific work. We have now developed into a craft-based moving image house, combining artful live-action work with animation, stop motion and VFX,” he said. 

Prime Focus Technologies opens Sydney office, appoints Graeme Whineray as ANZ sales director

Prime Focus Technologies has opened a Sydney office in order to provide an increased level of local support for customers in the region.

The company has also named Graeme Whineray as director of sales for the ANZ region, and he will work out of the new office. Whineray has worked for Amber Technology, Fairlight AU, GBG Technology, and most recently was enterprise sales manager for Avid Technology covering Australia and New Zealand.

Prime Focus Technologies will be exhibiting at SMPTE 2017 in Sydney from July 18 – 21. 

Molly Hadden joins ARRI ANZ 

Molly Haddon has joined the ARRI Australia/New Zealand team in the newly created role of technical sales advisor. 

Haddon is a screen production major from Macquarie University’s BA (Media) program and is currently completing a graduate certificate in cinematography at AFTRS. 

ARRI ANZ GM Brett Smith said: “Molly’s initiative and willingness to learn was clear to the ARRI Australia team when she joined our trainee program earlier this year. As an aspiring cinematographer Molly brings diverse creative and operational experience to a position that calls for both people and technical skills in equal measure. She is an excellent addition to our team.”

Haddon reports to ARRI Australia’s Sales Manager, Sean Dooley, for all sales-related activities while she will also perform function testing for ARRI’s camera, lens and lighting engineers, Rey Adia and Melaney Yeates.

David Blackett named group GM Magna Systems and Engineering

Broadcast industry SI specialist David Blackett has joined Magna Systems & Engineering as group general manager. Blackett most recently worked for Telstra where he was a consulting technical specialist. Prior to Telstra Blackett was vice president of Gencom Technology Australia, and engineering manager at Fox Sports.

As group GM on the sales side Blackett lead the company’s sales process across all market sectors, and manage relationships with Magna’s partners and suppliers. The engineering side of his role sees Blackett responsible for identifying new technologies and managing all of Magna’s engineering and technical operations groups across the region. 

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