Paul Walton is leaving Princess Pictures after seven years as a producer and partner in the production company founded by Laura Waters in 2003.
Walton described his decision to depart as bitter-sweet but is looking forward to the next chapter of his career, including finding ways to address the disruptive changes in the screen industry.
“I am sad to be leaving a talented team behind but it’s due to their creativity and support that I find myself excited about the future I am carving out for myself,” Walton, who finishes up on May 10, tells IF.
“Our industry is changing and we all need to reinvent ourselves in response to this global disruption. I feel I have achieved so much during my time at Princess, both professionally and personally. It fills me with pride to be leaving behind a legacy of content that has pushed boundaries, challenged the norm and hopefully laid the foundations for others to blaze their own creative trail.
“The next chapter of my career is focused on fostering meaningful partnerships that future proof our local industry and take Australian creativity to the constantly evolving global market. I am also actively looking for opportunities to create deeper conversations between all sectors of the media industry in order to generate a more innovative and unified response to the disruption.
“I would not be in a position to do this without the skills and knowledge I have gained at Princess and I will be forever grateful.”
His credits at Princess Pictures include It’s A Date seasons 1 and 2, Open Slather, The Divorce, I Love You Too, The Slot, Koala Man, The Drop Off, Wine and Stand Up @ Bella Union.
Most recently he worked with the creators of Superwog, Theo and Nathan Saidden, on the TV pilot supported by the Google/Screen Australia initiative Skip Ahead, which led to a six-part original series for ABC Comedy.
A child actor in the UK before he turned to producing, he worked on such British shows as Heartbeat, A Touch of Frost and Casualty.
He served as first AD on Charlie & Boots, Long Weekend, Macbeth, Very Small Business and McLeod’s Daughters.