© Orange Entertainment Pty Ltd. A Post Lounge Company.
WHO IS ORANGE ENTERTAINMENT CO?
We are a development and production company with a focus on growing the next generation of the Australian entertainment industry through two core goals:
Finding new, varied creators that come at storytelling with the perspective of their different backgrounds, identities and points of view, while at the same time;
Developing, producing and investing in established, larger scale projects with a focus on building Orange Entertainment Co’s resources and ability to invest further in the next generation of talent and content.
Our core company ethos matches with our company colour - orange; which is traditionally aligned with the freedom of ideas, encouragement of mutual respect and meaningful conversation. We want this to exist in the people we back, the stories we tell or even better, both.
In short, we want to help people tell many, different stories (with a commercial edge) but also make sure storytellers don't all look, sound and think the same.
We want to learn from the trends and methods that have existed within the Australian entertainment industry while at the same time respectfully bucking them so as to be fresh, adventurous and of course a little cheeky.
Orange Entertainment Co is the sister company of The Post Lounge - a company with forty years experience in the entertainment industry.
KURT ROYAN - CEO
Kurt is the owner and Managing Director of award-winning post production studio The Post Lounge as well as company director and executive producer of VFX powerhouse Resin. He has over 18 years experience in the film and television industry, 8 of which he spent as General Manager at the Post Lounge before taking ownership in 2019. Starting his career as an editor at the company, Kurt now manages up to 30 staff working across all areas of post-production including editing and visual effects. Kurt has overseen The Post Lounge’s expansion across Brisbane and Melbourne and his experience into the post production process has allowed the company to continually adapt to the ever changing needs of the industry. Kurt’s credits include Never Too Late, Blood Vessel, Bloody Hell, Escape and Evasion, The Second, In Like Flynn, Brothers’ Nest, Don’t Tell, The Butterfly Tree and Boar. Recent television credits include Reef Break, The Family Law, Ronny Chieng: International Student, Safe Harbour, Hannah Gadsby: Nanette, Wanted and animated series Balloon Barnyard. Most recently, Kurt executive produced ABC dramedy Retrograde and Network Ten/Fremantle doco series Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story through Orange, as well as executive producing feature documentary Slim & I.
DAN LAKE - HEAD OF CONTENT
Dan Lake is an entertainment executive and content producer whose work in development, financing and production extends across feature film, broadcast drama and comedy as well as factual and reality programming. Dan was co-producer of feature documentary The Frackman and award-winning Australia-Canada co-production Early Winter (Dir: Michael Rowe), an indie feature that won the Venice International Film Festival’s Venice Days Award. From 2014 to 2017 Dan was Senior Vice President – Development & Production at Screen Queensland, playing an integral role in the agency’s landmark production and talent development initiatives with Stan, ABC and SBS in Australia, and CBS in the United States. Dan has also worked as a creative producer across some of the world’s biggest television formats – I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, The Block and MasterChef. During his time at Orange Entertainment Co, Dan has produced the ambitious ABC dramedy Retrograde, as well as executive produced the Network Ten / Fremantle doc series Lindy Chamberlain – The True Story. Dan also works as Partnership & Investment Executive at Orange Entertainment Co’s sister company, Post Production & VFX studio The Post Lounge – finding ways to build new partnerships with content creators and distributors while also working alongside clients to maximise relationships with investors and government funding agencies.
STEPH WESTWOOD - TALENT & CONTENT EXECUTIVE
Steph is a queer producer with a love of content that pushes boundaries and challenges the status quo. She is actively involved in the filmmaking industry of Melbourne, running the online community Flicka for marginalised filmmakers, regularly organising and moderating panels at industry events, and guest lecturing at Swinburne University. Steph joined the Orange Entertainment Co family after working across Retrograde as their Associate Producer. Previously she was AP at Seven Studios for Secret Bridesmaids' Business and across their scripted slate. Steph has also worked as a games producer in the independent games industry of Australia, and is interested in interactive and cross-format storytelling. Steph seeks to decolonise the structure of the Australian television industry and endeavours to make stories that are accessible and relatable for all demographics of Australian communities. She is looking to platform stories that are smart, surprising, and kind.
DIYA EID - DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
Diya Eid joined Orange Entertainment Co. in May 2021 as the company’s Development Producer. In her previous role as Screen Queensland’s Head of Content, she managed investment in film, series, games and helped create over 100 talent development programs for the local screen industry. Diya has overseen the development and production of award-winning scripted and factual content including with Stan, SBS, ABC, Audible, Wattpad, SXSW, Screamfest LA and, La Boite Theatre Co. As a homegrown Queenslander who started her career in development with production company Stewart and Wall Entertainment (K-9, Acolytes), Diya is passionate about uncovering and nurturing local voices. She has also worked as a script editor, assessor and in arts policy and program management.
AVEN YAP - CONTENT ASSISTANT
Aven Yap is a classical pianist turned filmmaker. Born in Malaysia and raised in Brisbane, Aven has worked across a diverse slate spanning Asia and Australia. His credits include true-crime documentary Mama’s Boy (Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2018) and multilingual factual series The Yoga Revolution. His award-winning short film Piano Mums currently has a feature adaptation in development with Screen Queensland and he was one of six writers selected by the Australian Writers’ Guild to participate in Equity Foundation’s 2018 Talent Diversity Showcase. Aven has previously worked with WildBear Entertainment across 40+ hours of factual content for the ABC as well as the Sundance feature doc Playing With Sharks. Aven holds an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance with the Trinity College of London and is a self-taught composer with music published by Wirripang.
THE POPSICLE STAND
YES, We do accept submissions - via our submissions portal The Popsicle Stand.
Orange Entertainment Co welcomes submissions from creatives and creative teams – so long as they fit with our company ethos of supporting new talent that doesn't all look, sound or think the same.
Projects looking for development investment will need to have at least one key creative who is from an under-represented community.
Your project can already have a producer or team attached looking for co-production interest, or you may be a solo creative with no one else on board yet.
Please note we're currently receiving a lot of submissions so it may take us a while to come back to you - we definitely still want to see them, we're just a little swamped!
If you have any questions, simply send us an email by clicking the button below.
Sure, so how do you define under represented?
Isn’t that the question of the times! We understand that diversity can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people but in this instance, we’re referring to cultural background, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic background. If you have some other thoughts or think we’re missing something here, get in touch - we are always here to chat.
Cool, what do you want to develop and how?
We are open to investing in a range of projects including narrative and documentary feature film, broadcast and web series as well as short form content and podcasts.
We have also committed to investing in the development of at least one project from the Asia Pacific region (outside of Australia) per year.
What we don’t want to see are diverse stories told by creatives without the right to do so. If you’ve got a great story but don’t think you’re the right person to tell it on your own, find a writer or collaborator of equal standing who can give it the voice and authenticity it deserves - you and your project will be better for it.
When it comes to helping with development, we can either invest post production and VFX services through our sister company The Post Lounge or good old cash to be used to further the project.
We will also work with you to help get the project in front of the right people - whether that is funding bodies, commissioning platforms, distributors, or potential creatives to join the team.
Yep, still on board, what do you need?
If you’d like us to read your project, submit the following:
Here we're looking for a good old fashioned longline and a maximum one page synopsis.
If you do not have a current draft (eg. you’re submitting an outline or an idea) please include a writing sample from the proposed writer – it helps if it's in the same or similar genre.
This doesn’t have to be long, just concise – tell us where the project’s been and outline what your next step is in the development of the project.
We'll need a little background on who you and your team are.
Your irreverent style has made me confused and I have more questions than answers, please help.
It’s OK. Make a cup of tea, send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Just click the ASK button below.
SUBMIT A PROJECT
It's easy - just enter the information below and attach the required documents. You do need to supply everything that's not listed as 'optional' in order to submit.
We're getting a lot of projects being sent to us at the moment but it does mean we're taking longer to get back to people. Be patient - we definitely still want to read your work we're just a little swamped right now.
All documents need to be submitted in PDF format (word, pages etc will not upload)
Ready. Set. Go.
CURRENT JOBS AT ORANGE ENTERTAINMENT CO.
We are not currently recruiting but thanks for your interest!
A comedy following the topsy-turvy life of Maddie and her friends as they navigate the pandemic, partners, and the new parameters of life, all from the safety of their very own virtual bar.
Produced in partnership with Unless Pictures
Created for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation with support from Screen Australia, Screen Queensland and Film Victoria
Created by Meg O'Connell and Mark O'Toole
Directed by Natalie Bailey
Written by Anna Barnes, Meg O'Connell, Declan Fay, and Michele Lee
Produced by Dan Lake, Jackson Lapsley Scott, Meg O'Connell, and Anna Barnes
Executive Produced by Kurt Royan, Sally Riley, Que Minh Luu and Andrew Gregory
Starring Pallavi Sharda, Ilai Swindells, Maria Angelico, Esther Hannaford, Nick Boshier, and Max Brown
LINDY CHAMBERLAIN: THE TRUE STORY
A two part documentary that uncovers the truth of what happened that fateful night and the devastation that followed the Chamberlain family for years to come.
Produced in partnership with Easy Tiger and Empress Road
Created for Network Ten with support from Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, and Screen NSW
Directed by Mark Joffe
Written by Francine Finnane
Produced by Ian Collie, Rob Gibson, Mark Joffe, and Francine Finnane
Executive Produced by Kurt Royan, Dan Lake, and Sam Neill
Narrated by Sam Neill