The Business of Directing - Sydney

Saturday, 27 October 2018 9:15PM AEST

Sunday, 28 October, 2018 5:00PM AEST

Fox Studios, Stage 5, 38 Driver Avenue, Moore Park, NSW 2021


The Business of Directing is Back in Sydney!



Get the latest update on contracts, director’s royalties, casting, superannuation, legal issues, insurance, international directing and moral rights, and other career developments advises/programs.

Industry professionals will lead the workshop from each of these areas. Joining the speakers team to date are highly credentialled and award-winning director, Ian Watson (Doctor Doctor, House Husbands, Farscape, Carla Cametti P.D); representative from RGM, Jennifer Naughton; Executive Officer of the ASDACS, Deb Jackson; representative from Frankel Lawyers, Greg Duffy; ADG Industrial Relations Advisor, Gerard Butler. All sessions will be moderated by CEO of the ADG, Kingston Anderson.

More speakers to be announced soon! 




Date & Time:

27 & 28 October 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)

9.30am - 5pm



Fox Studios, Stage 5, 38 Driver Avenue, Moore Park, NSW 2021



Workshop Program:

DAY 1 - Saturday, 27 October

Session 1: DIRECTOR’S RIGHTS & REMUNERATION – An Introduction

This session will look at Directors Rights such as final cut, moral rights, royalties, type of employment (PAYG or Contractor), obligations as a director, liability, financial responsibility for the production and many more.
Session 2: DO I NEED AN AGENT?
Do you need an agent? What does an agent do? How do I approach an agent? This session will examine all these questions with one of Australia’s leading director’s agents.
Session 3: Contracts – Legal and other issues
I can’t afford a lawyer but I can’t afford not to have one. What do I do? Dealing with contracts and all things legal as a director.
Session 4: Working with Producers
One of the key relationships for a director is in post with an editor. This session will look at the various ways editors work with directors from dealing with rushes to final cuts. It will look at the difference between television drama, documentary and feature film.

DAY 2 - Sunday, 28 October

Am I PAYG or Contractor? Are there employment laws that cover a director? Do I need a contract? Do I need a lawyer? What insurances do I need as a director? Who pays my superannuation? Will my agent do the job for me?
Session 6: International Directing
This session is looking at various avenues to direct projects across television, feature, commercial content - both in Australia and Internationally. 
Session 7: Directing Relationships in Production
Join key department heads that will talk about their relationship with directors and answer questions on the way they work and how various sets are run. 
Session 8: Working with a Casting Directors & Agents
How do you prepare a brief for a casting director? How do you manage the relationship between casting director, producer and director? What is the casting director after from a director? Why are they called ‘directors’ anyway? How can I get a Hollywood A-list actor for my next project? 
Session 9: Professional Development
How do I advance my career and get support for attachments? Can I apply for funds without a producer? What overseas opportunities are available for directors? This session will explore ways to advance your career with support from funding agencies.



Price List:

ADG Members $150

ASDACS Members / Other Guilds' Members / full time students $200

General public $250

Price to include lunch and refreshments




Testimonials from past attendees

"I found the workshop a great way to keep up to date with changes happening in the industry as well as alerting me to things I need to consider in the future."
"I found this to be a really useful workshop. I'm 18 months out of film school and have just started dealing with professional producers and funding bodies, so it was the perfect time for me to be learning the business side of things. I also found the atmosphere really relaxed and open, which I think put everyone at ease from a networking point of view. Thanks for the work that went into it!" 



Terms and Conditions:
  • All sessions / speakers are subject to change. Please ensure to check the ADG website regularly for any updates. ADG Team will endevour their best to communicate any changes that occur on the workshop.
  • The price includes all sessions on both days. No discount will be given for attending partial of the workshop.
Cancellation Policy: 
  • You may nominate a replacement delegate to attend in your stead at any time. The details of the replacement delegate must be submitted to ADG Team in writing at least 24 hours prior to the event.
  • If you notify us in writing more than seven (7) working days prior to the event you may obtain a full refund. If you notify us in writing between seven (7) working days to three (3) days prior to the event, you will be charged an administration fee of $20 for ADG members / $25 for other guilds and students / $30 for general public. 
  • Any cancellations within 48 hours of the workshop will be charged the full payment and no refund will be issued.