Resignation of Malcolm Long
The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, today thanked Malcolm Long, the Director of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), for four years of high quality leadership and commitment.
Mr Long announced his intention to resign as director of AFTRS today. He was appointed in March 2003 for a three year term and was reappointed for a further two years in March 2006.
“Malcolm Long’s business acumen and experience in the film and television industry have ensured that AFTRS’ position as an industry leader in creative sector education and training has continued to develop and evolve,” Senator Kemp said.
“Under Mr Long’s guidance, AFTRS has worked to expand its services to the industry in Australia, through the establishment of the cutting-edge AFTRS Centre for Screen Business in Melbourne and new offices in Perth and Hobart.
“He has also been the driving force behind the proposed relocation of AFTRS in Sydney to a more industry-appropriate site in the inner city.”
Senator Kemp said a recruitment process to replace Mr Long would commence shortly and be managed by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, in close consultation with the Chair of AFTRS, Mr Peter Ivany.
AFTRS is the nation’s leading professional education and advanced training school for film, television and radio. It aims to recognise and develop new and emerging talent, and to provide industry professionals with opportunities to gain additional skills to assist their creative and professional development.
The School is receiving funding of over $20 million from the Australian Government in 2006–07. Visit www.aftrs.edu.au for more information.
18 January 2007
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