Australians in Film (AiF) Chairman Simonne Overend today announced a range of board changes, effective immediately. Kate Ledger, former film publicist for Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios and sister of late actor Heath Ledger is joining the AiF board, EVP of International Production at Ausfilm, Kate Marks becomes President, and board member and former Chairman, Tracey Vieira, currently CEO of Screen Queensland resigned from the board to join the AiF Board of Advisors.
Ledger, who is based in Perth and currently company director of Mintie Moo Productions is joining the AiF Board at a crucial time for the organization, as it opens Charlie’s, a work sharing space in Hollywood for Australian creatives. AiF also held its first ever event in Sydney, the Heath Ledger Scholarship Finalists Event earlier this year.
Ledger said, “I am thrilled to be joining the AiF Board. I have always been an advocate for giving Australians the platform and support needed to help them make the transition to an international career. I am passionate about the Australian film industry and what it can contribute to international culture.”
Marks, relocated to Los Angeles to commence her current role with Ausfilm in 2014 after serving as General Manager: Incentives, Locations and Production Services with Film Victoria for a number of years. She has over 10 years experienced in the Australian film and television industry.
Kate Marks said, “I am excited to be taking on this new and challenging role with Australians in Film. The organization has grown substantially over the past few years and I look forward to working closely with the Board and staff lead by Executive Director Peter Ritchie to continue to build on the successes of my predecessors.”
Vieira joined the AiF Board when she was EVP of International Production at Ausfilm in Los Angeles in 2000, and continued her board role when she took over running Screen Queensland in 2014, including her most recent stint as Chairman.
Vieira said, “I have absolutely loved the past six years with AiF, seeing it through significant changes and growth. I feel its time to hand over my spot to someone new who can provide fresh energy, ideas and contacts which will enable the organisation to continue to grow. I welcome Kate Ledger to the board and Kate Marks to the Presidency.”
Overend noted the pivotal role Viera and Ledger have had in the organisation so far and the expertise that Marks will be bringing; “Tracey has been instrumental in the enormous growth of AiF over the past few years. Her commitment and passion to AiF’s mission in investing in the Australian screen industry globally has been truly extraordinary and the impact of her work will be long-lasting. We are so pleased that she has agreed to join our Board of Advisors.”
“Kate, and the entire Ledger family are an important part of AiF. We could not be happier that Kate has agreed to join the AiF board, which will formalize her involvement with the organization. She is not only going to be a great asset in the running of 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship, but all our career development and education programs and major events in Los Angeles and Australia.”
“Kate Marks will be a great and valuable President for AiF. From her experience at Film Victoria and her current role at Ausfilm, Kate will provide the organization the necessary structure and industry relationships that it needs to move forward with Charlie’s and the new AiF industry program,” Overend continued.