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Barbara Connell – Industry Panel Guest
Drama Development Manager Screenwest | ‘Book to Screen Adaptations’ panel host
As Drama Development Manager at Screenwest, Barbara focuses on the delivery and management of all of Screenwest’s drama development programs including managing the assessment and selection processes of these funding initiatives, for all platforms. Barbara has over 25 years’ experience with local, national and international production entities as a freelance screenwriter, development consultant and script editor. She held a board position with the Australian Writer’s Guild National Executive Committee and was a founding member of ScreenWriters WA and the Pinnacles Screen Collective. Barbara has previously held positions as Chief Operating Officer and Director, Development for Demand Film, Development Manager with Taylor Media, Acting Development Manager with Screenwest, Acting Director at WA Screen Academy, and Senior Project Officer with the WA State Government Department of Culture and the Arts