Ken Crouch is currently General Manager of Screenworks – a not-for-profit social enterprise that supports and advances the screen industry in regional, rural and remote Australia.
Based near Byron Bay NSW, Screenworks provides industry and professional development initiatives, networking opportunities and services for screen content creators, producers and workers. It also assists local and incoming productions within the region by helping to find perfect locations and crew for each production.
Under Ken’s leadership, Screenworks has strategically repositioned itself from being a Northern Rivers focused screen organisation in 2014 to become a borderless screen industry service provider today delivering a greater diversity of programs, events and services that meet the changing needs of regional screen practitioners nationally. By implementing innovative and forward-thinking business models, Screenworks has increased its revenue and its membership base by 200% and is now supporting practitioners in every state and territory.
Screenworks’ recent highlights include: ‘The Athena Project‘ (funded by Screen Australia’s Gender Matters initiative), ‘Deadlock Script Lab‘ and ‘Deadlock Attachment Program‘ in partnership with Every Cloud Productions, and ‘Createability‘ supported by Create NSW and delivered in partnership with the ABC.
Before moving to regional NSW, Ken was Business Operations Manager at Sydney New Year’s Eve (City of Sydney Council) for 7 years, where he managed the administration, programming and finances of the annual large-scale celebrations. This role incorporated managing the national television broadcast of multiple simultaneous events, in addition to edited highlight packages for national and international news agencies.
With a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts – Production from NIDA, Ken has extensive experience in strategic business & events planning, preparing funding applications and governance of arts organisations and government. Ken is currently a member of the NSW Government’s Arts & Cultural Advisory Committee.
Ken will be hosting a Roundtable representing Screenworks at this year’s SCREEN FOREVER Conference.