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TAFE Western Sydney Institute and Rob Shehadie team up again for a brand new series called “Robs Campaign”

Rob Shehadie

TAFE Western Sydney today launched the first stage of the #educatingrob Series 2 ‘Robs Campaign’ in western Sydney today.

100’s of aspiring western Sydney year 11 and 12 school students were puzzled and excited by the ‘presidential cavalcade’ comprising of a black hummer, the SUV security detail and campaign paraphernalia, along with 15 Lebanese drummers that made for a spectacular entry of ‘Candidate Rob’ to day 1 of his campaign trail.

Rob was met by 100’s of shouting fans “Rob, Rob, Rob” as he stepped up onto the stage and launched his campaign to ‘Choose TAFE Western Sydney in 2017’.

The campaign follows ‘character Rob’s’ success at TAFE Western Sydney in Series 1 of #educatingrob, where Rob studies his Automotive Apprenticeship and his Diploma of Communications. After graduating, a proud moment for his Parents and Family, Rob gains a job at the Auto-mechanics. So impressed with his life changing experience…

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Screen Australia and ABC bankroll five new iview series to tune of $1.5 million

Screen Australia and ABC have announced the five successful projects to be funded through the $1.5 million Long Story Short initiative.

Each project will be funded to create and produce a short-form, digital-first scripted series for 18-35 year olds, to screen on ABC iview.

The five successful creative teams were chosen from more than 250 applications, and offer a mix of comedy and drama. Each will participate in a two-day workshop in July, led by ABC TV executives and multiplatform writer and script developer Mike Jones. (more…)

Casting Guild introduces policy to “reflect diversity”

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Following extensive consultation with the Equity Diversity Committee, the Casting Guild of Australia (CGA) has adopted a diversity policy that will now be included on their website, Facebook page and in CGA members’ casting briefs and email signatures.

Equity Diversity Committee co-chair Bali Padda said by adopting this diversity policy, the Casting Guild of Australia acknowledges the true diversity of our performing arts community and the society we represent on screens and stages.

“This active inclusion of diverse communities is a fantastic move forward. We keenly anticipate a future in which all facets of our industry take a similarly strong stand for diversity, creating opportunities that have previously been out of reach for diverse performers. The inclusion of a diversity statement on casting briefs will provide the trigger for agents to cast a wider net when considering which of their performers might be suitable for a role.”

The CGA has notified all members of their new policy.

For CGA Website & Facebook page:
“As members of the creative performing arts community, we all have a role in creating stories that reflect the diversity of the world in which we live. To that end, and in an effort to deliver more diversity in Australian film, TV and theatre, CGA members will, wherever possible, include and engage with diverse thinking and actions in all aspects of the casting process.”

For CGA Members’ Casting Briefs:
“As a member of the CGA, I am committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, race, age, colour, national origin, ethnic origin or any other basis otherwise specifically indicated.”

For CGA Members’ Email Signatures:
“As a member of the CGA, I am committed to diverse, inclusive casting.”

Equity congratulates our Diversity Committee and the CGA’s Executive Committee on this major step forward for our industry.

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