SPA unveils Ones to Watch mentors

Watch 2023 Mentors. Top (from left) are Alastair MacKinnon, Jennifer Peedom, Hugh Baldwin, and Greer Simpkin. Bottom from left are Jo Porter, Imogen Banks, Lisa Shaunessy and Ian Collie.

Screen Producers Australia (SPA) has announced the mentors for this year’s Ones to Watch program, with a selection of the country’s leading producers to provide one-on-one guidance to participants throughout the next few months.

It follows the unveiling of this year’s cohort, featuring producers from across First Nations stories, social media series, drama, horror, rom-coms and factual.

In addition to the mentoring, the 12 successful applicants will take part in an exclusive webinar series to develop their creative slate and business skills in the lead-up to next year’s Screen Forever and also have the opportunity to apply for the Screen Australia-supported Ones To Watch Screen Internship, which offers financial assistance of up to $20,000 for a placement with a global production company.

Speaking about this year’s mentors, SPA CEO Matthew Deaner said the organisation’s membership took the responsibility to develop and care for the industry “very seriously”.

“Through the Ones To Watch program, our members can mentor the next generation of industry leaders,” he said.

“This provides the mentees with a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth, setting a strong foundation for our screen industry for years to come.”

The full list of Ones To Watch and their mentors are as follows:

Alexandra Doering – Ian Collie, Easy Tiger Productions
Amy Parry – Jo Porter, Curio Pictures
Gillian Crosby – Tanya Phegan, Guesswork TV
Jodie Kirkbride – Brett Popplewell, Fremantle Australia
Lisa Albert – Jennifer Peedom and Jo-Anne McGowan, Stranger Than Fiction
Michael Hudson – David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin, Bunya Productions
Monique Mulcahy – Hugh Baldwin, Flying Bark Productions
Nara Wilson – Suzanne Ryan, SLR Productions
Stephanie Cole – Melinda Wearne and David Ogilvy, Beyond Productions
Tessa Mansfield-Hung – Lisa Shaunessy, Arcadia
Tobias Willis – Alastair MacKinnon, Matchbox Pictures
Vee Shi – Imogen Banks, Kindling Pictures