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Australian based with an international focus, here at Good Thing Productions, we develop and produce projects with a clear pathway to audience.
Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.Mae West
Nick is a long standing member of the Australian film industry. At Madman Entertainment, Nick worked in the assessment, acquisition and programming of films for Australia and New Zealand. In late 2012, Nick started the Madman Production Company (MPC), as a natural evolution into production for the business. More recently, Nick has started his own venture – Good Thing Productions, absorbing the existing slate of production and development from MPC. Production is now his primary focus.
A passionate believer in film and creative development, Nick works with upcoming and established filmmakers from development and finance through to distribution. He has produced and executive produced documentaries and narrative features, as well as television series.
Nick’s production credits include feature SAVE YOUR LEGS! (2012), Australia’s highest grossing feature documentary, the award winning THAT SUGAR FILM (2014) and A MONTH OF SUNDAYS (2015) which had its world premiere at TIFF in 2015 as well as TV/Web Series WASTELANDER PANDA (2013). Recent projects include documentary/narrative hybrid feature SPOOKERS with director Florian Habicht, and feature documentaries ALL FOR ONE and WESTWIND. Nick has also Executive Produced a number of independent films and documentaries as well as television programs.
Virginia Whitwell is a highly experienced film practitioner and producer having been in the industry for over twenty years. She is the Head of Production and Partner at Good Thing Productions after five years as Head of Production at Madman Production Company. She has co-produced and produced many scripted and factual projects including That Sugar Film, Save Your Legs!, A Month Of Sundays and All For One. Hailing from the UK, as a freelancer she worked on numerous productions all over the world. Her extensive production experience includes projects for Warner Bros, HBO, Lucasfilm, EON, 20th Century Fox and Universal.
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Charlotte started her career in the UK working with History, Discovery, National Geographic and PBS on British co-productions. Charlotte has worked on Banged up Abroad, Mark Burnett’s Blockbuster series The Bible and Ocean of Fear, scoring Discovery’s largest ever opening audience for Shark Week. Her experience has taken her from development, through scripting, location and edit producing and final delivery. Since relocating to Australia she has worked as a Producer and Production Executive on both series and one off documentaries.
Anna Kaplan is a producer and impact producer with fifteen years of screen industry experience spanning development, production, distribution and outreach. Starting her career at the BBC in London, Anna trained as a television researcher before moving to Australia to complete post-graduate studies in documentary filmmaking. She has worked extensively in independent production across documentary, narrative and animation. She is a two-time Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award nominee and a recipient of Film Victoria’s Women in Leadership Development Fellowship (2017).
With a strong track record producing linear and interactive content that tackles pressing social issues and inspires positive action, Anna regularly works in partnership with NGOs, educators, advocates, journalists, impact investors, philanthropists, corporations and community groups to achieve a project’s impact goals. She has delivered media education programs anchored by partnerships with marginalized, at-risk and minority communities. Her work has been released on multiple platforms and utilised as engagement tools in classrooms, institutions and community settings. Her background in screen production and audience engagement is complemented by a three year stint managing Film Victoria’s Industry and Audience Development funding programs, facilitating industry consultations, strategic planning and policy development.
Most recently, Anna developed and implemented the impact strategy for That Sugar Film and worked on the local impact campaigns high-profile US feature documentaries The Hunting Ground and Life, Animated.