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New SAFC staff appointments

30 April 2020
SAFC Chief Operating Officer Mark Thorley and SAFC Head of Production and Development Beth Neate

The South Australian Film Corporation is pleased to announce two new staff appointments.

VFX specialist and former Managing Director of Mill Film Adelaide Mark Thorley has joined the SAFC as Chief Operating Officer.

Most recently Chief Operating Officer of Mill Film globally, Mark has more than 15 years of executive leadership experience working at leading companies such as Lucasfilm, Singapore, where he oversaw studio operations and production strategies, and Animal Logic in both Los Angeles and Sydney, where he was head of production. Mark has also held senior positions at Screen Queensland and Omnicom.

An industry specialist in VFX, Mark has received credits on numerous high-profile features including Kong: Skull IslandStar Wars: Rogue OneJurassic World, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. He commences at the SAFC on 11 May.

After five months in an acting position in the role, Beth Neate has been appointed SAFC Head of Production and Development.

A producer and production manager with a string of qualifications, including as ABC OPEN Producer for the East Kimberley region where she produced hundreds of stories for ABC TV, radio and online, Beth has had a long association with the screen sector both in South Australia and nationally. 

She first joined the SAFC in 2007, returning in 2017 as Production and Development Executive where she worked extensively across feature film and television drama as well as unscripted programs. Beth has dual qualifications in Media and International Relations and was Media Advisor for the United Nations in Cambodia.

SAFC CEO Kate Croser said both appointments were a coup for the organisation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mark Thorley to the SAFC. Mark brings huge depth of experience and strong networks across the industry both in South Australia and globally. Likewise, we are delighted to formally appoint Beth Neate as Head of Production and Development, whose professionalism and commitment to the role over the last five months has been an invaluable asset to the organisation.

“In all that we do, and especially at this time, the SAFC is committed to supporting the South Australian screen sector to thrive. Beth and Mark’s wealth of experience and passion for the South Australian screen sector will strengthen our industry-led approach to overcoming the current challenges, and set our sector on a course not just for recovery but for future growth.”

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