Screen Forever: Northern Pictures named Producer of the Year at SPA Awards

SPA Awards

Bob Campbell honoured, Bluey, The Newsreader and Gogglebox all winners

Screen Producers Australia (SPA) has congratulated all of its members who were honoured at the 20th SPA Awards on the final night of the Screen Forever conference.

Nineteen screen professionals and production businesses took home a SPA Award.

Northern Pictures took home the night’s major award – the Media Super Production Business of the Year Award, as well as two others – acknowledging their recent work across multiple genres including scripted, children’s television, factual and documentary, with a diverse slate including Life on the Reef, Love on the Spectrum and See What You Made Me Do.

The ABC’s head of drama, entertainment and Indigenous, Sally Riley, took home the inaugural Commissioner of the Year Award for her continuing career championing diverse programming, and Bob Campbell was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award noting his career as one of Australia’s most prolific and successful producers.

Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich congratulated all nominees and winners, including local Queensland winners Ludo Studio and Orange Entertainment.

“Every year, the SPA Awards are an acknowledgement of Australian screen industry excellence, uplifting diverse, locally-made productions with cultural impact and worldwide reach. Alongside the Queensland Government as Principal Partners, Screen Queensland is proud to have brought Screen Forever back to the Gold Coast — a globally renowned screen industry hub and a dazzling setting for the celebrations,” said Munnich.

“SPA members continuously raise the global bar for creativity and skilful producing, and tonight that talent was on full show. The task at hand is storytelling, and the winners of our 2022 Awards take this task seriously. They understand the significance of their work and the contribution it makes to the Australian economy, generating jobs for local creatives, and showcasing Australia and its unique heritage to millions around the world,” said SPA CEO Matthew Deaner.

The Ludo Studio team are going to need a bigger trophy cabinet

2022 SPA Awards winners

Animated Series Production of the Year – Kangaroo Beach, Cheeky Little

Children’s Series Production of the Year – Bluey (Season 2), Ludo Studio

Comedy Program or Series Production of the Year – Fisk, Porchlight Films

Documentary Program or Series Production of the Year [Tie] – Old Peoples Home For 4-Year-Olds (Season 2), Endemol Shine Australia & See What You Made Me Do, Northern Pictures

Drama Series Production of the Year – The Newsreader, Werner Film Productions

Feature Documentary Production of the Year – Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra, In Films

Feature Film Production of the Year – High Ground, Maxo Studios, Bunya Productions & Savage Films

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Gogglebox executive producer David McDonald

Light Entertainment Series Production of the Year – Gogglebox (Season 13), Endemol Shine Australia

Online Series Production of the Year – The Tailings, The Two Jons

Reality Series Production of the Year – Love on the Spectrum, Northern Pictures

Short Film Production of the Year – You and Me, Before and After, Mad Ones Films

Telemovie or Mini-Series Production of the Year [Tie] – A Sunburnt Christmas, Every Cloud Productions & Stateless, Matchbox Pictures

Breakthrough Business of the Year – Bronte Pictures

Commissioner of the Year – Sally Riley

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Bob Campbell (left) with his longtime Screentime business partner Des Monaghan

Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Campbell

Media Super Production Business of the Year – Northern Pictures

Team from Goalpost Pictures

Screen Business Export Award – The Invisible Man, Goalpost Pictures

Services and Facilities Business of the Year – Count Out Loud for Retrograde, Orange Entertainment

Top photo: Team from Northern Pictures including David Haslingden (third from left), chief executive of the parent company

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