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Julia Redwood becomes sole owner of Western Australian production house Prospero Productions

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After 30 successful years in business together, Julia Redwood is now sole owner and Director of Prospero Productions, following partner Ed Punchard stepping away from the company last month.

The move marks the end of an era for Prospero Production, best known for long form observational documentary series including Outback Truckers, Outback Opal Hunters and Railroad Australia, as well as multi award-winning titles such as SAS: The Search for Warriors, The Man Who Jumped, Change My Race, Paying for the Piper, Heartbreak Science and Death of the Megabeasts.

“Ed and I have achieved so much over three decades and I’m beyond enthusiastic about leading Prospero into the next great chapter of its story. The future shines bright for the company and the Australian screen industry.” said Ms Redwood.

Ms Redwood is looking ahead with an all-female management team by her side including General Manager Jules Fortune; Head of Finance Orla Holland; and Head of Post Production Freya Brueschke.

Joining them is new Head of Production Natalie Bell.

“Prospero are a powerhouse in the factual production space and I’m very much looking forward to getting to work with this stellar team.”, Bell said.

Bell has over 20 years’ experience in the screen production and live performance industries and most recently was the Executive Producer of an iconic Western Australian theatre company where she oversaw the strategic and financial operations. 

“As the new saying goes, behind every great woman is a team of great women and I certainly have that.”, Ms Redwood says.

As part of Ms Redwood’s commitment to the industry, she pledges to invest in further skills development programmes for her employees.

“Our returnable, long-running series such as Outback Truckers and Outback Opal Hunters have been the training ground for many screen practitioners over the years and moving forward, I want to find ways to make more of those unique opportunities.”

Prospero Productions is Western Australia’s largest employer of factual personnel, with 50 staff currently engaged across three series and one feature length Fulldome film, which will culminate in 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 is finalising post-production; and we have a new Fulldome film, Star Dreaming, directed by first time feature documentary maker Perun Bonser.”

Prospero has recently celebrated a number of milestones including the airing of the 100th episode of its long-running series Outback Truckers on 7mate.

Redwood was also awarded the 2021 West Australian of the Year Business Award, presented in celebration of excellence and outstanding ethics in business leadership, social entrepreneurship or innovation at a state, national or international level, resulting in major positive social or economic impact in Western Australia.

“I’m honoured and proud to have received this iconic award! It’s a testament to how important our local screen industry is both culturally and economically.”

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