Sweetshop & Green has appointed Katy Roberts as development executive across its Australia and New Zealand operations. This is a new role at the company, supported by Film Victoria as part of its Key Talent Placements program.
Roberts will be responsible for sourcing, generating and assessing projects that align with Sweetshop & Green’s sensibilities, as well as overseeing slated projects throughout development into production.
Film Victoria’s Key Talent Placements program offers Victorian early to mid-career screen creatives hands-on experience through paid placements to foster skills and professional development and help build more sustainable screen businesses in the state.
One of Roberts’s first projects at Sweetshop & Green will be to oversee development of the recently announced feature film of Behrouz Boochani’s book, No Friend But The Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison, a co-production with Aurora Films and Hoodlum Entertainment.
She has already gained valuable experience in creative development for international audiences having previously helmed operations for VICE as its head of development for Asia Pacific. Roberts has led the development of productions for par VICE, VICELAND, SBS, ABC, Al Jazeera, Dogwoof, Carver Films and Audible.
Sweetshop & Green is a partnership between Sweetshop founder, Sharlene George, and international producer, Gal Greenspan (Green Productions) that began in September last year. The Australian and New Zealand production company focuses on producing local film and TV projects for global audiences, films that tell culturally diverse stories which are artistically driven. It specialises in international co-productions.
Greenspan commented, “Katy is an incredibly impressive operator. When I first met her, I was immediately struck with our mutual desire to make films that can arouse discussion and connect with audiences on an international level. We have some inspirational projects in the pipeline, and I’m delighted Katy is part of the team in making this a reality.”
Roberts added, “I’m thrilled to have found a company who shares my taste and ambition to produce bold local stories that are creatively driven, and internationally captivating. Sweetshop & Green is positioning themselves to be a truly global player in a shifting industry. I’m excited to be joining them as they take off and incredibly grateful of Film Victoria’s support to make it possible.”
Film Victoria chief executive officer, Caroline Pitcher, stated, “We are thrilled to be able to support Katy’s position at Sweetshop & Green through our Key Talent Placements program. In this exciting newly created role, Katy will add value to Sweetshop & Green while also gaining further hands-on experience to develop her skills enable her to confidently move forward as a producer of great screen stories.”
Cover image l-r: Katy Roberts & Gal Greenspan