Australian-born Producer Peter Lawson has built an award-winning and profitable career over the past two decades, collaborating with top directing, producing, and acting talent. This has resulted in more than $1 Billion in Worldwide Box Office revenue, more than 60 feature films, 15 Academy Award and 11 Golden Globe nominations, four Oscar and four Golden Globe wins, including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Screenplay on movies overseen as a Production Executive/Executive Producer.

Peter founded Steel Springs Pictures in early 2016. Steel Springs mission is to create content with global appeal that emphasizes on transcendent true-life stories, high profile political material and filmmaker discoveries. He oversees all company operations as well as a diverse slate of film and television projects soon to be announced.

Prior to founding Steel Springs Pictures, while Executive Vice President of Production and Acquisitions for Open Road Films, Peter discovered and served as an executive producer on Tom McCarthy’s critically and commercially acclaimed film SPOTLIGHT (Oscar Winner for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, BAFTA Winner for Best Original Screenplay, SAG Winner for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and multiple Critics’ Awards). Peter executive produced SLEEPLESS, Open Road’s first in-house production, along with Oliver Stone’s SNOWDEN. He was an executive producer on Australian Director, John Hillcoat’s crime drama TRIPLE NINE. This was his third successful collaboration with Hillcoat.


Peter will be hosting a Roundtable at this year’s SCREEN FOREVER Conference, talking all things development!

Ready, Steady, Pitch!

Peter is looking for film and tv pitches that are drama, thriller or comedy genre based.

Peter is not interested in Documentaries or Children’s Film / TV.


Producer / Founder

Media With Impact: Docs, Features, TV & News – Tools for a Culture in Crisis?

Meeting Room 11, Level 1

In an increasingly fragmented market, how do you draw an audience to stories that matter? What can ‘impact’ projects do to actually have, well..impact. This panel consisting of industry experts with backgrounds in feature film, factual films, current affairs and branded content will discuss strategies, new collaboration models and opportunities and challenges in the impact […]


Dismantling Definitions

Conference Halls 1 & 2, Level 2

Three of the sharpest global screen minds unpack the definitions and boundaries that are challenging the constraints of creativity, diversity and form in screened entertainment. Issues to be discussed include What defines a film?; the death of the mid-range feature and diversity in front of and behind the camera – how to be the harbinger […]