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This initiative is part of Screen Queensland's Far North Queensland Screen Production Strategic Plan. Delivered by Screenworks.

General Details:

  • This course is being offered to selected FNQ residents for free.  
  • As places are strictly limited to 20, please ensure you can make the date before registering.
  • Please refer to the detailed registration and selection information below.

COVID-Safe Event

As per the current Queensland Government health guidelines, all attendees will need to check-in via the Government app and show proof of vaccination status whether attending the workshop and/or the networking event. If these requirements change, we will inform selected participants and registered attendees.

Plan your successful career

Thurs 24th March | 1-5.30pm

Room 2.23, level 2, CQU, Cairns

Enter via Shields st (next to Quiksilver) and go to second floor in the life, follow the signs.

A half-day workshop on Thursday 24th March to give 20 selected participants from FNQ a creative and professional skill boost. 

Esther Coleman Hawkins, Denise Eriksen (Media Mentors) and Veronica Fury (WildBear Entertainment) will guide, mentor and help you to kickstart your careers, network successfully and prepare to pitch at Screen Conferences to ensure a dynamic and successful 2022.

This workshop will arm you with the skills to:

  • Clarify your professional direction and your plan to get there.
  • Stay well connected to the industry in person at conferences and meetings across the nation or even online from FNQ.
  • Focus on your personal development; You need to know who you are, what you're good at and how to communicate that to the people who matter to reach your goal.

There is also a little pre and post-event work included that will ensure that the contents and lessons aren't just a 'nice day out' but will have long term value to the careers of Far North Queenslanders. 

Media Mentors are experienced media professionals and training experts. They bring a unique combination of industry insight and experience alongside modern training and career development expertise. 

We are also lucky enough to have the wonderful Veronica Fury, EP and Principal of Wildbear Entertainment on hand to share her personal experiences and creative brain throughout the session. 

Registration information:

Registration will close on Monday 14th March 2022, the 20 successful candidates will be notified by Tuesday 15th March 2022.

This course is being offered to selected FNQ residents for free. Places are limited and attendance will be capped at 20 people. All potential attendees will need to complete the registration process and answer the questions before being offered a spot. 

At the registration stage, we will be asking each potential participant to create a short 'before' snapshot of themselves. We will ask you to you rate your confidence, professional contacts, vision & direction out of 5. We'll then ask you to identify your skill gaps, what you want to learn and if you are attending any conferences this year.  

If you require any assistance with the registration process, please contact Screenworks Project Manager, Louise Hodgson on or 0415 092917


Post Event information:

Each participant will complete an 'after' shot straight after the event. They'll have the option to sign up to a WhatsApp group to stay connected to other attendees – reminder this is a semi-monitored group and a member of the course will take responsibility for managing it.

During the session we will agree on a date for an optional Zoom meeting in 3 months – this is to provide accountability and help foster this community. 

There will be the opportunity to secure a 15min one-on-one meeting with one of the guest speakers on the morning after the event. 




    Media Mentors

    I’m a smart, creative and innovative producer with a wealth of worldwide programming experience. From the award-winning Revolution School for ABC1 to the Logie-nominated Last Chance Saloon, my goal is to bring intimate stories to life with insight and humour.

    I’m also a long-standing, and enthusiastic, veteran of development. I thrive with the challenge of turning an exciting idea into a successful TV series. Some of my favourite success stories are Luke Warm Sex, Secrets of Our Suburbs and House of Food Obsessives.

    Alongside two decades of program making, I love coaching and mentoring people both inside and beyond the media industry. I’ve helped people kick start their projects and revamp, restart or change careers. I’m driven by the fact that I love working and I think, given how much of our lives most of us spend at work, that we need to do something that meets our needs.

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  • DENISE ERIKSEN (Media Mentors)


    Media Mentors

    I bloody love “television” – creative content made for all platforms – and my career has allowed me to play in that particular sandpit for more years than I can remember! I binge watch everything from high-end (and low rent) drama and documentary to factual and reality shows.

    I’ve worked as a journalist, producer and Executive Producer around the world - and in brilliant jobs as Head of Factual and Head of Current Affairs at the ABC and Head of Production and Development at SBS.

    I regularly consult for international companies setting up in Australia – and I’m currently Development Executive in Australia for Arrow Media UK.

    In tandem with my production and commissioning career, I’ve made it my mission to ensure that talented people access the training and resources they need to forge their careers. I’ve run courses for the BBC, ITV, ABC, SBS, NITV, TVNZ and RTE. Most recently, I trained journalists and producers in Ho Chi Minh–and worked as co-Director of Make It in Melbourne for AFTRS and Film Vic.

    My career highlights? Making shows that audiences love, create careers or educate while entertaining. Oh – and bringing Australia’s own Eurovision broadcasts to SBS.

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  • Veronica Fury (Executive Producer, Producer and Principal at Wildbear Entertainment)

    Veronica Fury

    Executive Producer, Producer and Principal at Wildbear Entertainment

    Veronica Fury is an Executive Producer, Producer and Principal of WildBear Entertainment with over 65 commissioned television series and feature documentaries to her name. Some of her prominent feature credits include the AACTA nominated biopic Brock: Over the Top, released by Universal Pictures, Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks, commissioned by Netflix, and the upcoming feature documentary, Hating Peter Tatchell. Veronica’s recent television credits include the ongoing series Scottish Vets Down Under, commissioned by BBC Scotland and currently screening on ABC as well as Aussie Mega Mechanics and Demolition Down Under for Discovery and Network 10. Veronica has worked with nearly all the major television broadcasters both domestic and international from ABC to ZDF.

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CQU, Room 2.23, Level 2, Corner of Abbot & Shields streets
Cairns, QLD, Australia

Room 2.23 is on level 2 inside CQU, Cairns
Enter CQU via Shields st (next to Quiksilver) and take the lift to second floor. Follow the signs to room 2.23

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