The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) has made a series of new appointments, naming Satu Teppo head of its newly-created industry development, partnerships and engagement department, and Nara Wilson associate executive, production, development, attraction and studios.
In her role, Teppo will be responsible for industry and audience development in partnership with screen organisations, the arts, business and government sectors.
On the creation of the new department, SAFC CEO Courtney Gibson said: “In order to pursue an industry development agenda to best effect, while continuing to develop and co-finance the very best local and attracted productions, we have realigned staff and reporting lines to create a new unit dedicated to building industry skills and talent, driving partnerships with the business, tertiary, arts and philanthropic sectors, and delivering innovative approaches to screen culture and audience development.”
Teppo joins SAFC from Arts South Australia where she was manager, arts industry before being appointed executive officer. She has also held senior positions at the Finnish National Gallery, NASDAQ and Renewal SA.
Gibson said: “We are thrilled to have secured Satu Teppo for this new role; Satu’s extensive background in business and skills building, and strategic partnerships development within a creative and arts context, position her perfectly to implement our industry and audience development agenda, to further build and diversify the SA production sector to deliver more jobs now and for the future, via existing and evolving forms of screen entertainment.”
Teppo said: “I am excited to take on this newly-created role at the Film Corporation, an organisation with an international reputation for innovation and leadership. I look forward to working together with the rest of the team to deliver on SAFC’s strategic priorities, develop our partnerships and to be part of the next chapter of screen successes in South Australia.”
In her role, Wilson will be responsible for supporting project development and production by local practitioners, as well as attracting production to SA. Wilson, a Wirangu, Kookatha and Larrakia woman, has worked as a producer of documentary, short film and corporate work. She has worked in Foxtel within the Music Channels and written, produced and directed more than ten documentaries for NITV.
Gibson said “Nara’s strong editorial skills, her experience in scripted and non-scripted production, along with a heart-on-sleeve passion for screen storytelling, make her an outstanding appointment to this new role.”
Wilson said: “I am thrilled to be in this role and look forward to supporting new project development within the state. I especially anticipate encouraging local practitioners to achieve their goals and assisting them through the development phase of their projects.”