Producer Olivia Olley has just been announced as “One To watch” by Screen Producers Australia. Olley is one of 20 emerging producers from across Australia who will partake in the “Ones To Watch” career accelerator program.
“Ones To Watch” pairs Australia’s finest emerging producers with senior mentors from the industry to support the development of their film and TV slate.
“We are inspired by the potential of the talent, their creativity and for the future of Australian stories to be told”, Screen Producers Australia CEO, Matthew Deaner.
For Olley’s Production Company, Good Eye Deer (owned by Olivia Olley and partner Gavin Banks), that goal is to produce a high-concept, scripted drama or comedy series set in the Newcastle / Hunter Region. Today the team are one step closer to achieving this goal.
“Ones To Watch” also provides an exclusive “First Look” pitch session with SBS where Olley will have the opportunity to pitch either a Documentary or Drama concept and win a grant to develop her pitched idea further with SBS.
This national recognition and industry support comes on the back of recent success where Olley and Banks produced a short film for the ABC. Good Eye Deer’s short film “One”, released on iView as part of the inaugural series, SEED: Regional Shorts, was released in May 2018. Starring nationally-renowned, stand-up comedian, Nikki Britton, the short film was funded by the ABC and Create NSW with support finance from local organisation Newcastle NOW.
The short film “One” can be seen here:
Olivia Olley Bio:
Olivia Olley is producer and co-owner of the Newcastle-based production company, Good Eye Deer. Since joining in 2012, the company has won numerous state, national and international awards for its work producing commercials and branded content.
Olivia’s career began in 2006 as a runner at a London post house. She then started writing / producing / directing independent shorts. In 2007 she commenced a screenwriting degree to hone her storytelling skills before graduating with honours in documentary production in 2011. Her breakthrough short, Hooked, screened at multiple festivals including the St Kilda Film Festival where it was a Finalist for Best Short Documentary, 2010.
In 2014 Olivia co-founded Newcsatle’s co-working studio, The Production Hub. In 2015 she launched a development program titled “Newcastle Writers’ Room” as a means to open collaboration between regional filmmakers.
Olivia was a finalist for Young Business Leader of the Year via the Hunter Business Chamber, (2015) and the Newcastle Business Club, (2016).
In 2017 Olivia produced a national campaign for Toys R Us Australia, and commercials for Lions Clubs Australia and Destination NSW. She also wrote and produced the short film “One.” for the ABC / Create NSW’s SEED: Regional Shorts program.
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