Screenwest today announced that, after 10 years as chief executive, Ian Booth will leave the organisation at the end of the year.
“When Ian started in the role, the total value of productions produced in Western Australia was less than $22 million,” she said.
“In 2016-17, Western Australia achieved a record $69 million in production value.
“In the features sector, Western Australia was producing one feature film every three years; this has now grown to seven features per year and Western Australian features are regularly being selected for the major film festivals of the world.
“We see the timing of Ian’s departure as positive. By December, Screenwest would have delivered on the structural transition to an independent organisation, and the timelines enable a smooth recruitment and hand over process to a new CEO.”
Screenwest made the move to an independent not for profit in July this year.
Ms Marr said Screenwest’s move to an NFP structure provided the board of directors and CEO with new opportunities to connect and partner with the business community, federal departments, NFPs, philanthropic organisations and industry sectors.
“The process to secure a new Screenwest CEO – the first time under a non-government recruitment process - will involve a local, national and international search,’’ she said.
"The position will be advertised in coming weeks.”