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Incorporated in 1995, ASDACS belongs to its members, mostly Australian and New Zealand filmmakers and television directors whose works have gone on from their first release to be seen in secondary markets worldwide.

In representing its members, ASDACS is authorised to claim royalties that are generated in widely-spread territories through rights that are recognised there and collectively managed on behalf of the authors of these works. It is then ASDACS’ task to collect and distribute these authorship royalties to it’s creative rightsholder members.

Alongside the ADG and DEGNZ, ASDACS defends and campaigns for greater authorship rights for directors in alliance with our international partners and affiliates, as represented through Writers and Directors Worldwide and are part of a global Audiovisual Campaign to achieve an inalienable and un-assignable right to remuneration for authors globally.

Our Board

The ASDACS board of directors comprises of film and TV director members and industry professionals with a wide range of expertise and industry knowledge. Members are invited to submit nominations to stand for election at the AGM held in May each year.

Stephen Wallace

Chair

Stephen Wallace is a filmmaker who has directed five feature films; Stir (1980), The Boy Who Had Everything (1984), For Love Alone (1986), Blood Oath (1990) and Turtle Beach (1992). After making several short films (including Break Up and Brittle Weather Journey) he began his professional career with the low budget 50 min drama The Love Letter From Teralba Road in 1977 and followed another hour-long low budget drama Captives of Care. He has directed a number of features (one off dramas) for television including Gordon Bennett (Ch 9), Quest Beyond Time (Ch10) Women of the Sun (SBS) and Mail Order Bride, Hunger, Olive and Envy for the ABC. During the last ten years he has also directed for series television (Water Rats, Flying Doctors, Pig’s Breakfast and Twisted Tales), was the president of the Australian Screen Director’s Association (ASDA now ADG) between 1992-2000. He has always had an interest in theatre and acting and has his own small theatre company with Michael Gillett, Impulse Theatre. They have produced several versions of Oedipus plus Lysistrata, Cosi and Away and have completed four productions for the Short and Sweet series at the Seymour Centre as well as short film with the company Disconnected. He continues workshopping with actors to prepare for new productions.

Donald Crombie

Director

With over 46 years experience in the Australian film industry, more than thirty of those years spent as a freelancer, Donald Crombie is regarded as one of the country’s leading filmmakers. As a director his range of productions has involved feature films, telemovies, mini-series, drama series, documentaries and commercials. He has also written numerous screenplays, assessed other people’s scripts and occasionally mentored and taught. Among Donald Crombie’s best-known feature films (as a director) are: Caddie, The Irishman, (which he also wrote), The Killing of Angel Street, Kitty and the Bagman, and Robbery Under Arms. His television credits as director include Cyclone Tracy (mini-series), The Heroes, The River Kings, Heroes II: The Return, Time Trax and McLeod’s Daughters. In addition to his career as a filmmaker, Crombie has been a Board member of the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) and the Australian Directors Guild (ADG). He was also President of the latter organisation for five years.

Grant Campbell

Director

Grant Campbell has free-lanced in the NZ film and television industry for thirty years. Firstly as a crew member in the art department and special effects, he worked his way up to producing, writing and directing. His credits span feature films, documentaries, drama series, music videos, commercials and reality shows. One of the producers of CINEMA OF UNEASE, directed by Sam Neill and Judy Rymer which gained Official Selection at Cannes in 1996. TARGET, a consumer affairs show that he developed and was originating director, became the longest-running and highest-rating show on the TV3 network for ten years. Grant was a foundation board member of the Screen Directors Guild (SDGNZ), which later became the Directors and Editors Guild (DEGNZ), a board he currently serves on.

Pat Fiske

Director

Pat Fiske is an experienced director and producer. She is recognised as a prominent member of Australia's independent filmmaking community. In 2001 she was awarded the prestigious Stanley Hawes Award for her outstanding contribution to the documentary industry in Australia at AIDC. Pat was Co-Head of the Documentary Department at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School from 2002-2008 and worked as the Documentary Consultant at SBS Independent for eighteen months in 2000-2001. Some of the films she has directed and/or produced are the award-winning documentaries: Rocking the Foundations, a history of the NSW Builders Laborers Federation and the Green Bans; Woolloomooloo; For All the World to See, a portrait of Professor Fred Hollows; 'Doc', a portrait of Herbert Vere Evatt; Australia Daze; Following the Fenceline; Leaping off the Edge; An Artist in Eden and Night Patrol. She has produced Business Behind Bars, Selling Sickness, River of No Return, Scarlet Road, Love Marriage in Kabul and has recently completed Oyster. She was Supervising Producer for the National Indigenous Documentary Fund 5-part series, Call to Country. At present she is in producing When the Camera Stopped Rolling and in development on other projects.

Howard Scott Hartford Davis

Director

Scott Hartford Davis is an ADG award winning director, writer and producer working in Film and Television in Australia. He began his career in 1980 at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where he directed four seasons of the multi-award winning drama series G.P. and produced high-rating programs such as Quantum, State of the Arts and Billboard. While with the ABC he directed the Mini Series Heartland with Cate Blanchett and three series of Police Rescue for which he won a Silver Medal for Best Episode of Television, World at the New York Festival. He has directed four Tele-Features and numerous episodes of iconic, award winning Australian and American series including Water Rats, Flipper, Always Greener and All Saints. Since 2000 he has worked almost exclusively for the 7 Network, the last decade guiding Home and Away to its present high production values. He has been nominated four times for the ADG Best Direction in a TV Drama Serial Award between 2012 and 2015, winning in 2015.

Kevin Lucas

Director

Kevin Lucas is an innovative award-winning filmmaker whose genre-bending films have been selected into festivals around the globe, winning critical acclaim & distinction awards (including Grand Prix) in Montreal, Paris, Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Moscow, London, Rome, Montreal, Toronto, New York, Sundance. He has been nominated and awarded a number of Australian filmmaking distinctions including Australian Film Institute TV Drama, Feature & Documentary awards. As a practicing independent filmmaker for 30 years working in documentary, TV drama, music and feature, his credited roles include director, writer, editor, script-editor, producer and executive producer. He is also a music producer, composer and performer in theatre and film and was founding and creative director of Lucas Produkzions and MusicArtsDance films authoring numerous documentary and drama projects, many of which are seen as contemporary artistic film classics in Australia including as Director/Writer – Beyond El Rocco (1989); Black River (1992), Three Knocks on the (1996); The Widower (2004) and as Producer/Script Editor, Fish (1999); Urban Clan (1998); One Night The Moon (2001); The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (2002). Kevin currently works as a script advisor on TV series and Feature film projects and as a writer/director in documentary, TV series and Feature. He also mentors younger filmmakers and is involved in remote indigenous training in NE Arnhem Land. During his professional life Kevin has served on a number of industry boards, juries and panels. He was founding board member of the Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collecting Society (ASDACS) and a board member of ASDA – now Australian Directors Guild. He represented Australia on the Vienna-based IMZ board, an international alliance of Public broadcasters, Independent filmmakers, Music Publishers, Distributors and Performing Arts Companies specializing in global rights management. He currently holds board positions with Gong Wanhurr Aboriginal Corporation (GWAC) based in NE Arnhem Land.

Lauren Hillier

Specialist Director - Finance

Lauren Hillier is a chartered accountant, who serves on the ASDACAS Board to advise the organisation on accounting matters. Unable to choose between studying arts or business at university, Lauren chose a BA Creative Arts (International Studies) at Macquarie University, an arts management degree with a major in theatre. After working in the arts, she realised that what all those creatives out there really needed was help with financial matters. Further study in chartered accounting followed and she is now Director and partner at Generate (Business and Taxation), working with creative individuals and their businesses, with a particular specialisation in the film and television industries. She holds a Masters of Taxation from UNSW, and is a Justice of the Peace in NSW.

Our Staff

Kingston Anderson

ADG / ASDACS Chief Executive Officer

Kingston comes from a theatre and film background, having worked as a theatre director, film and television producer, as well as a consultant for screen organisations across Australia. He was the manager of the Production Liaison Unit of the NSW Film and Television Office for three years and serves on a number of boards, including that of the Australia Copyright Council and the Australian International Documentary Conference. He produced Aftershocks (SBS), Taxi School (SBS), A Frontier Conversation (NITV) and Kulka (NITV).

Deb Jackson

Executive Officer

Having worked in the Australian film and television sector for organisations such as the NFSA, AFTRS, Screen Australia, Film Australia and the Sydney Film Festival, Deb has experience in a wide range of areas including documentary contracting, marketing, distribution, strategy and governance. Deb holds a Bachelor of Arts with a Film Studies major from Sydney University, completed a documentary film making scholarship with Metro Screen and has guest lectured at UNSW Design and Arts (formally COFA).

Orlando Lucas

Data Engineer

Orlando is currently studying a Science degree at The University of Sydney with majors in Physics and Computer Science. He has a background in IT support and has worked for The University of Sydney as a Desktop Engineer. Orlando is a skilled programmer (Python, Java, C#), with experience in both web and Android app development.

Brenton Amies

Administration and Research Assistant

Brenton holds both a Diploma in Screen and Media from North Sydney TAFE and a Bachelor of Media Communication from Charles Sturt University. He has a background in theatre and film, having produced and toured many fringe theatre shows and has worked on various small budget short films and features in various capacities - his work in these areas has taken him from Edinburgh to Los Angeles. He comes to ASDACS with experience in roles at Belvoir St Theatre and the ABC.

Governance

ASDACS is bound by its constitution, policies, international partnership agreements and the Collecting Societies Code of Conduct. ASDACS was incorporated in 1995 as a company limited by guarantee. Its Articles of Association and Memorandum, annual general meeting documentation and annual reports can be viewed below. ASDACS has participated in the activities of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) for over 10 years, joining CISAC as a full member in 2010. ASDACS’ policies and implementation are subject to international scrutiny through its membership of CISAC. As part of our commitment to CISAC’s Rules and Binding Resolutions, ASDACS joined IPI (2008) and IDA (2009) and is progressively entering members’ name and works data onto these central international databases.

Articles of Association and Memorandum

Annual Accounts 2012

Annual Accounts 2013

Annual Accounts 2014

Annual Accounts 2015

Annual Accounts 2016

Annual Accounts 2017

2018 ASDACS Annual General Meeting Notification

2018 ASDACS Annual General Meeting Nomination Form

2018 ASDACS Annual General Meeting Proxy Form

Code of Conduct

Australia’s Code of Conduct for Collecting Societies establishes standards for collection and distribution policy and manages complaints against which all the collecting societies’ practices and policies are evaluated. The activities of ASDACS are overseen and subject to annual review through the Collecting Societies Code of Conduct, which can be accessed here, as can the latest report of the Code Reviewer.

Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies

Collecting Societies Code of Conduct Compliance Report 2010-2011

Collecting Societies Code of Conduct Compliance Report 2011-2012

Collecting Societies Code of Conduct Compliance Report 2012-2013

Collecting Societies Code of Conduct Compliance Report 2013-2014

Collecting Societies Code of Conduct Compliance Report 2014-2015

Collecting Societies Code of Conduct Compliance Report 2015-2016

Triennial Review of the Operation Code 2011

Triennial Review of the Operation Code 2014

Triennial Review Notice 2017

Policies and Procedures

Distribution Rules and Practices

Complaints Policy

Credit Hierarchy

Submissions

ADG / ASDACS submission: Department of Communication and the Arts Amendment to the Copyright Act Feb 2016

ADG / ASDACS submission: Productivity Commission Inquiry June 2016

ADG / ASDACS submission: Communications and the Arts Inquiry into the Australian Film and Television Industry March 2017

ADG / ASDACS submission: Australian Children's and Screen Content Review Sept 2017

ASDACS submission: Department of Communications and the Arts Review into the Code of Conduct Sept 2017