Sydney producer Sleena Wilson has begun three months’ work experience in Los Angeles as the recipient of this year’s Village Roadshow Animal Logic Entertainment internship.
Wilson is working with the creative teams on the development slates at the Village Roadshow Entertainment Group and Animal Logic Entertainment in the initiative organised by Australians in Film.
“Exposure to the US industry will no doubt be invaluable in shaping my career and slate of projects and I look forward to returning to Australia with this international perspective,” she said.
Previous recipients of the internship are David Edwardz (The Third Floor), Melanie Jayne (HBO), Lauren Brown (Ludo Studios) and Petra Lovrencic (Animal Logic).
After getting a Create NSW producer’s attachment on Aquarius Films’ ABC/Netflix series The Unlisted, Sleena became an assistant to Aquarius producers Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford.
Last year she also served as assistant to producer Matt Reeder on Ben Lawrence’s debut feature Heart and Bones, which premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.
Previously she was in-house production coordinator at TVC producer Filmgraphics. Currently she is developing Minority Report, an 8 x half-hour comedy series with writer Mithila Gupta, Arcadia’s Lisa Shaunessy and Alexa Burke and Grumpy Sailor’s Claire Evans, James Boyce and Anna Dadic.
The synopsis: Maya Subramanian has blown up her entire future in one neurotic episode and her only hope of redemption: her new crew of misfit ethnic chicks from IT call centre Dial-A-Dweeb.
She holds a graduate certificate in creative producing from AFTRS, a diploma of production management from Metro Screen and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Australians in Film president Kate Marks said: “Over the years the Village Roadshow Animal Logic Entertainment internship has proven to be an incredible platform to launch the careers of young Australian screen professionals.
“Sleena already has an impressive resume and we look forward to supporting her not only during this internship in Los Angeles but in her ongoing career.”