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Western Australia Minister for Culture & Arts John Day

Budding WA Filmmaker Wins Internship In Hollywood

Victor P Taffa

Perth Filmmaker Mike Searle, 24, will swap the local ABC TV studios for the Paramount Lot in Los Angeles, after being selected for an internship with a US studio.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the six-month internship with internationally-recognised production company Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment was organised by ScreenWest and Screen Australia.

“The internship was highly competitive and I congratulate Mike on being selected for this invaluable opportunity.” Mr. Day said.

“Being exposed to the international industry is an important part of the professional development of a producer in the film and television industry.” Mr. Day said.

Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment has production credits that include recent films:

  • The Soloist;
  • When in Rome;
  • Sleepless in Seattle;
  • Daredevil;
  • Ghost Rider;
  • The Score;
  • Tin Cup;
  • Short Circuit and popular TV shows The Shield and The King of Queens.

“Working with Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment will enable Mike to increase his skills in creative development, make priceless contacts and expand his knowledge through on-the-job training.” Mr. Day said.

Mike has been working as a researcher on the Perth-based ABC TV series ‘Can We Help?’ and is developing his own feature project with Perth writer/director Dave Stephens.

In 2009, he was associate producer on the short film ‘Trigger’, and prior to this he spent two years working in television in London.   

He will take up the internship this month, and ScreenWest and Screen Australia will contribute up to $50,000 to assist with the cost of flights, accommodation, visa application, living expenses and insurances.

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