Deaner has been at the helm of the peak body for content producers for over a decade and has played a pivotal role in recently securing the Gold Coast as home for screen industry event SCREEN FOREVER for an additional three years.
Deaner said he wants to continue to see the Gold Coast as the home for SCREEN FOREVER until 2026, an event that on average brings over 1,000 local, national and international screen industry professionals together to promote Australia’s screen industry.
“I am passionate about nature, creative and energising cities and the screen industry as well as bringing people together to develop our sector and the Gold Coast is the perfect destination to facilitate this,” he said.
“The value of getting together to be inspired, connect and do business during SCREEN FOREVER has such a positive and profound effect on our industry.
“From incredible weather and diverse locations to world-class production facilities and business networks and a huge local network of skilled technical screen workers, the Gold Coast has so much to offer for both film makers and delegates.”
Destination Gold Coast Interim COO Rachel Hancock said the Gold Coast is a rising force in the global film industry.
“As an advocate for the film industry Deaner will help showcase the Gold Coast as a hub for both the film industry and best in-class business events, whose benefits go beyond visitation and are a key contributor to the city’s growth,” she said.
In addition to securing SCREEN FOREVER, the Gold Coast will host Screen Horizons 2023 in July while The Australian International Movie Convention is also set to return to its pre-pandemic home at The Star Gold Coast in October.