Good Eye Deer’s goal is to produce scripted content for broadcast & online distribution – that has heart.

The Newcastle Writers' Room

Our Producers have teamed up with award-winning screenwriters Vanessa Alexander and John O’Brien, to develop entertainment content specific to Newcastle and the Hunter Region. We are currently developing a tween series, a half-hour comedy series and a food-lifestyle show.

The Newcastle Writers’ Room

As we develop these projects, we also open our doors to screenwriters and the filmmaking community in the Hunter. Each month, our team of writers workshop a ‘local’ project for half a day. We believe running such workshops provides opportunity for filmmakers and writers in the Hunter to develop stronger relationships and receive constructive feedback on their project,

We hope that through the collaboration with local creatives, Good Eye Deer will be able to help develop a sustainable and viable television and screen production hub in the Hunter.

Workshop are held on the first Friday of every month with networking drinks from 6pm at The Lucky Hotel

Applications for 2016 are yet to be announced.

For more information contact: [email protected] (subject header Newcastle Writers Room)


Vanessa Alexander | award-winning writer, director and producer

Vanessa has worked extensively in television drama as a writer and director, most recently in writer’s rooms for Endomol, Porchlight, Seesaw, the Bondi Hipsters, and Jungleboys. She produced and directed Being Eve, the International Emmy-nominated teen series which sold to more than 40 territories worldwide, including the US, where it aired on Nickelodeon.  Her work as the lead director on Outrageous Fortune garnered her a nomination for Best Director at the 2005 Qantas TV awards.  More recently she directed the award winning BBC series Maddigan’s Quest, Disney’s Power Rangers as well as co-writing and storylining on several popular New Zealand drama and comedy series (The Pretender, Burying Brian, This Is Not My Life).  Vanessa was showrunner and director on a new primetime comedy for TVNZ, Agent Anna, starring Roy Billing and Robyn Malcolm.  The series was purchased by the Seven Network, won Best Comedy Script at the NZ Writer’s Guild Awards, and is the highest rating locally scripted comedy series on NZ television ever. Prior to her recent move to Australia, she spent a year teaching screenwriting and directing at the International Film School in Paris, while studying comedy with renowned comedian and teacher Philippe Gaulier.

John O’Brien | award-winning screenwriter

John’s work includes short films that have screened at Cannes, Venice, Edinburgh and London, and had theatrical release. TV work includes two series for which he was creator, Bondi Banquet on SBS and Fireflies on ABC-TV. He’s also written for MDA, Water Rats, Rush, K9 and The Alice. His focus is on projects that have something to say about the world. He has won Australian Writers Guild Awgies for short film Masseur, the 30-minute monologue Security, feature A Wreck A Tangle, original TV Bondi Banquet and series episode Rush. He has worked in writers’ rooms with Southern Star John Edwards and Screentime and is with agency Rick Raftos Management, in case you’re hiring. John occasionally teaches drama and filmmaking in the Hunter Valley where he has lived since 2000. He has worked as a text editor at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney and Natural History Museum London, re-wrote a travel guide to Estonia, co-founded Dungog Community College in 2011, and is percussionist and songwriter in the trio Fancy.

Olivia Olley | Producer

Olivia has won numerous awards for her work in the not-for-profit, educational and advertising sector. She is actively developing scripted content that can be produced in the Newcastle and Hunter Region. For most of 2015 Olivia facilitated the Newcastle Writers Room where nine projects were workshopped.

Olivia began her career in 2006 as a runner at a post-production house in London. During this time she worked for editors on projects such as Life on Mars, Spooks and a range of BBC productions. Olivia honed her understanding of the production process in the UK before moving back to Australia. In 2011 she graduated with honours in documentary production and her breakthrough 2010 piece screened at multiple festivals including the St Kilda Film Festival. Early in 2012 Olivia joined Good Eye Deer and has helped steer the production company to be recognised internationally and locally for its work in the educational and promotional sector.

Recent projects have included The Salvation Army’s 2015 Christmas Appeal which was sited on ABC’s Gruen program as a strong, heartfelt commercial

Gavin Banks | Creative Director

For 17 years Gavin has worked as a Producer, Director and Cinematographer for a wide range of commercial and educational productions. Over the years he has won numerous awards for his work. Most recently, his Traffic Offenders educational series has won two international awards and three local awards including Best Educational Video (Australian Video Producers Association) and Best Cinematography in a Corporate (Australian Cinematographers Society). This same series is now a finalist at the 2015 ATOM awards.

Gavin’s vision for Good Eye Deer’s scripted arm is to produce content that comments upon society in a light-hearted or comedic way

For more information about our producers go to the ABOUT page, or CONTACT US