Anni Browning Steps Down as MD of Film Finances Australasia
Anni Browning (pictured left) has announced that she will step down from her day to day role as Managing Director of Film Finances Australasia, but will continue in an advisory role for the foreseeable future.
Dan Read (pictured right), who joined Film Finances in 2013 was appointed as CEO in 2017 and will take over from July.
“Dan will do a wonderful job. He knows the people and the business really well. Under his care the company will continue to thrive,” Anni says. “I have had a fabulous 22 years at Film Finances. But now it is time to hand over the tiller so I can go sailing. It has been a complete privilege to work with so many talented and ingenious filmmakers and help realise so many really wonderful films and tv shows.
“I am not going far and will continue to be available to Dan and our great team. The trust and support I have had over the years from Steve Ransohoff, Kurt Woolner and recently Greg Trattner at Film Finances in LA has been invaluable. Sue Milliken and Richard Soames took a leap of faith offering me, 22 years ago, what has been a dream job. There were big shoes to fill. Apart from Sue, Brian Rosen, Su Armstrong, Toes Winley, Helen Watts, Antonia Barnard and Adrienne Read came before me. I am really proud to have continued in their footsteps. It was a special treat when our 2017 SPA Award honoured Film Finances’ tradition of providing useful advice, practical support and, when our best endeavours were not enough, money to complete the project.”
Steve Ransohoff CEO of Film Finances Inc says, “It has been a pleasure to work with Anni. She is very well known and incredibly well liked in Australia and has been a mentor to several of our international offices as well.”
Anni Browning has worked in film and television for over 40 years.
Her career spans many areas of the industry including design, production and as a producer. Her credits include features, documentaries and television. She has worked for government film funding bodies in South Australia and New South Wales and has consulted for the ABC, the AFC, NZ On Air and the Australian Broadcasting Authority.
Anni has been a councillor for the Screen Producers’ Association of Australia (SPAA), the SA chair of Women In Film and Television (WIFT), a co-convenor of Queer Screen and a founding member of Dame Changer. She has been associated with Film Finances in Australasia since 1997.
Dan Read started his career in the film/TV industry in the production department in 1996 – working on both Film and TV projects as Production Co-ordinator, Production Manager, and Production Accountant. He has worked on all formats of drama production from short film to TV series to feature films large and small. His credits include Moulin Rouge, Australia, The Waiting City, Underbelly and The Wolverine.
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