After 30 successful years in business together, Julia Redwood is now the sole owner and director of Prospero Productions, following the departure of her partner Ed Punchard from the company last month.
The move marks the end of an era for Prospero Production, best known for its long-running observational documentary series, including Outback Truckers, Outback Opal Hunters and Australia Railway, as well as multi-award-winning titles such as SAS: Seeking Warriors, The Man Who Jumped, Change My Race, Pay For The Pied Piper, Heartbreak Science and Death of the mega-beasts.
“Ed and I have accomplished so much in three decades and I am more than excited to lead Prospero into the next great chapter in its history. The future looks bright for the Australian screen company and industry. Ms Redwood said.
Ms Redwood looks to the future with an all-female management team by her side, including the CEO Jules Fortune; Financial director Orla Holland; and responsible for post-production Freya Brueschke.
A new production manager joins them Nathalie Bell.
“Prospero is a powerhouse in the fact-based production space and I can’t wait to start working with this stellar team,” said Bell.
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Bell has over 20 years of experience in the film production and live performance industries and most recently was the executive producer of an iconic theater company in Western Australia where she oversaw strategic and financial operations. .
“As the new saying goes, behind every great woman is a team of great women and I sure have it,” says Ms. Redwood.
As part of Ms. Redwood’s commitment to the industry, she is committed to investing in other skills development programs for her employees.
“Our long-standing and recorded series such as Outback Truckers and Outback Opal Hunters have been the training ground for many screen practitioners over the years and in the future I want to find ways to make more of these unique opportunities. “
Prospero Productions is Western Australia’s largest factual staff employer, with 50 employees currently engaged in three series and a feature film Fulldome, which will culminate with the production of 42 hours of screen content this year alone.
“Season 5 of Outback Opal Hunters is in production; Season 9 of Outback Truckers finalize post-production; and we have a new Fulldome movie, Dreaming of a star, directed by first-time documentary director Perun Bonser.
Prospero recently celebrated a number of milestones, including the airing of the 100th episode of his long-running series. Outback Truckers on 7mate.
Redwood has also received the 2021 West Australian of the Year Business Award, awarded to celebrate excellence and outstanding ethics in corporate leadership, social entrepreneurship or innovation at the state, national or international, leading to a major positive social or economic impact in Western Australia. .