Screen Scotland has appointed Cheryl Conway as head of Screen Commission.

She will play a central role in developing and promoting Scotland’s offer to international and local productions of scale. She will work as part of the wider Screen Scotland team to deliver high quality production opportunities for Scotland, co-ordinating public agency partners and industry players.

Currently manager, Production Attraction at Screen NSW in Sydney, Australia, Conway has lived and worked between the USA and Australia since the start of her career, and has had substantial dealings with other key territories, including the UK and Canada.

Her experience covers production, post-production, development, and international production attraction and marketing, as well as content producing and programming the Australian industry’s annual event, Screen Forever.

In the USA, Cheryl has operated within the studio, network and independent sectors, having worked for Paramount Pictures, Spelling Television, Discovery, Endemol Entertainment, and Ausfilm International; and on shows for Fox Broadcasting Company, NBC and Warner Bros.

In Australia, she has held key roles at Screen NSW, Network TEN Australia, the South Australian Film Corporation, and Screen Producers Australia.

Cheryl has been Manager, Production Attraction at Screen NSW in Sydney, since 2017 and has been involved in attracting and supporting large-scale productions to Australia since 2004. Just some of the US productions she has been involved with include, Universal’s The Fall Guy and 20th Century Studios’ The Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (both currently shooting in Sydney); Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Great Gatsby, The Wolverine, X-Men: Origins.

Cheryl Conway said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Screen Scotland at such an important time in the industry’s growth. Scotland is renowned for its extraordinary beauty and magnificent locations, but it is also ambitious, confident, and importantly, has what it takes to excel in a highly competitive global market. These characteristics resonate strongly with me and I am honoured to be given the opportunity to be a part of the Scottish Industry’s continued advancement and to join such a highly respected and experienced Screen Commission team.”

Isabel Davis, executive director, Screen Scotland said: “Scotland is home to a greater volume and scale of productions than ever, thanks to strong local production and the global demand for high end content. The expansion of Scotland-based studios and increased investment in craft and technical skills is helping to meet this new demand, and Cheryl’s appointment means we are able to sustain and build momentum, and to promote our rapidly developing offer to global production clients

“Cheryl’s knowledge and practical experience was outstanding, and we couldn’t be happier that she’s agreed to move halfway across the world to join us in building Scotland’s success story

“She’ll be leading the brilliant Screen Commission team whose on the ground knowledge is, quite rightly, hugely respected and appreciated by our industry.”

Productions that have involved Scottish talent or shot in Scotland recently include ITV drama Karen Pyrie from World Productions, feature documentary Merkel and children’s animation Roots and Fruits.

Conway takes up her role in January.

Pippa Considine

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