Sweetshop & Green has appointed Katy Roberts as development executive across its Australia and New Zealand operations.
Roberts will be responsible for sourcing, generating and assessing projects that align with Sweetshop & Green’s sensibilities, and overseeing slated projects throughout development into production.
The newly created role at Sweetshop & Green is supported by Film Victoria as part of its Key Talent Placements program. This career-focused program offers Victorian screen creatives significant hands-on experience through paid placements to foster skills and professional development for early to mid-career practitioners and help build more sustainable screen businesses in the state.
One of Roberts’ first projects at Sweetshop & Green will be to oversee the development the recently announced feature film of Behrouz Boochani’s ground-breaking book No Friend But The Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison, a co-production with Aurora Films and Hoodlum Entertainment.
Roberts brings in-depth experience in creative development for international audiences having previously helmed operations for VICE as its head of development for Asia Pacific. Roberts’ track record of leading development of productions for partners including VICE, VICELAND, SBS, ABC, Al Jazeera, Dogwoof, Carver Films and Audible make her a dynamic appointment to Sweetshop & Green.
Sweetshop & Green is an Australian and New Zealand production company focused on producing local film and TV projects for global audiences. The company is a new partnership between Sweetshop founder Sharlene George and awarded international producer Gal Greenspan (Green Productions). The company’s sensibilities lie with culturally diverse stories that are artistically driven. It specializes in international co-productions, developing and producing distinct projects for identified international audiences.
Says Greenspan: “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.”
Adds Roberts: “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.”
Says Caroline Pitcher, CEO, Film Victoria: “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.”