Noticeboard: Libby Sharpe named See-Saw’s head of production, Film Finances promotes Dan Read to CEO

Libby Sharpe.

In this wrap:

  • Libby Sharpe named See-Saw Films’ head of production for Australia
  • Film Finances Australasia promotes Dan Read to CEO

Libby Sharpe named See-Saw Films’ head of production for Australia

Having already worked with See-Saw Films on Top of the Lake: China Girl, Lion and Candy, producer Libby Sharpe has been appointed as the company’s head of production, film and television, for Australia.

Sharpe will oversee the physical production and day to day operations of See-Saw’s film and television slate developed and produced out of the company’s Sydney office. She will work closely with See-Saw producer Rachel Gardner.

“Libby has an incredible record of overseeing complex productions with extensive logistical challenges and sensitivities as well as working brilliantly with some of the top creative talent of our day. Working alongside our incredibly talented producer Rachel Gardner, we feel extremely confident in her ability to oversee the physical production needs of See-Saw as we continue to expand our TV and film slate,” said the company’s joint managing directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.‎

See-Saw’s UK head of production, Amy Jackson, will continue to oversee UK and European production. See-Saw also recently hired Negin Salmasi as vice president, creative affairs, based in Los Angeles, to work across both the TV and film divisions to source new material as well as build and develop talent relationships in the US.

Sharpe said: “I have been fortunate enough to have worked with Emile, Iain and their extraordinary team over many years so I am incredibly excited to have been invited officially into the See-Saw family. See-Saw works with the world’s best directors, writers and actors to produce high-quality, award winning drama for film and television and I am looking forward to playing my part in the next phase of this exceptional company.”

Film Finances Australasia promotes Dan Read to CEO

After working for completion guarantor Film Finances Australasia (FFA) since 2013, Dan Read has been promoted to CEO.

FFA’s MD Anni Browning said she is not retiring, rather sharing her managing load with Read.

“Dan will take on more of the day to day management of the company, which will be a great support to me at time when we are busier than ever in Australia and New Zealand,” said Browning.

“Dan has been with the company for nearly five years and brings incredible attention to detail and a great finance acumen to the role.”

Prior to joining FFA, Read had a 20 year career in production. “I’m thrilled to take on this senior position at Film Finances at this busy time for the organisation.  I join a small group of esteemed industry professionals who have held the position before me – including my mother, Adrienne Read, who was Anni’s immediate predecessor in the mid-90s.” Read said.

FFA is an associate and Australasian representative of the US-based Film Finances. The company’s recent projects include The Dressmaker, Hacksaw Ridge, The Water Diviner, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and ABC series Pulse.