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speakers > Posie Graeme-Evans

Posie Graeme Evans Novelist, Producer

In a career of over 25 years Posie Graeme-Evans has embraced writing, directing and producing as one of Australia’s pre-eminent television producer/creators. Director of Drama for the Nine Network, Australia from December 2002, in November 2005 Posie resigned to concentrate on her “other” career as a novelist, (see The Novelist, below) and running her Sydney based production company, Millennium Pictures with husband and creative partner Andrew Blaxland, Millennium is acknowledged as that rare thing: an Australian company which has “cracked” the worldwide market, including America, with its productions.

Event: Keynote Speaker talk - topic and date TBA.
Status: Likely to speak in person, subject to production schedules and international commitments.

The Producer…

Having created and produced hundreds of hours of television primetime and family drama, in November 2001 the Screen Producers of Australia named Posie as the inaugural Australian Independent Producer of the Year for her body of work. In December 2002 Variety Magazine noted her as one of “20 Significant Women in Film and Television” along with Meryl Streep, Rita Wilson and Jennifer Anniston in its annual worldwide survey.

Recent television credits include creating and producing one of Australia’s most successful and long running drama series: “McLeod’s Daughters” – which is seen in over 230 territories world wide. Now in its seventh season on air in Australia (which will see the series pass the 200 hour mark), McLeod’s remains one of Australia’s most awarded and most loved drama series.

Posie also created and produced the original pilot telemovie of the same name, starring Jack Thompson. Broadcast on Mother’s Day 1996, it became the highest rating TV movie of all time until the Telemovie of The Alice, Posie’s first commission for the Nine Network, eclipsed the record by only 30,000 viewers nationally. Posie was happy to resign the crown!

Another significant co-creator/production credit for Posie is the worldwide edutainment phenomenon, Hi-5. After co-creating/co-producing the pilot and first two years of production with co-creator Helena Harris, Posie has been delighted to see the program’s ever-growing audience and success.

Now in its ninth year of production, Hi-5 is seen in more than 80 territories worldwide and a format version – produced in Australia – is seen on Discovery Kids in the US. Hi-5 was nominated for a daytime Emmy in both 2005 & 2006, but lost out each time to iconic co-nominee Sesame Street.

The Novelist…

Posie resigned from Nine in November 2005 to take up a new multi-novel world-wide publishing deal offered by New York based Simon and Schuster ahead of publication of her third novel The Uncrowned Queen (The Beloved in Australia and UK) is the last of a trilogy of novels set in C15th England. The Innocent, The Exiled and now, The Uncrowned Queen have been hits wherever they’ve been published. The roll call of countries thus far includes Australia, the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany (in translation), the Netherlands (in translation), Russia (in translation) and negotiations have commenced for publication in translation in France and Italy.

Target USA has created special editions of all three books as part of its prestigious “Bookmarked”/Breakout Books program. The Innocent, the first of the novels, featured twice in the fiction part of the program over a four month period from February thru May 2006. A rarity. Previous “Breakout” authors have included Jodi Piccoult.

Posie is currently writing her fourth novel, The Island House (expected to be published progressively world wide from Christmas 2007) but has also found time to contribute a short story to a new and very interesting Anthology. In the company of Diane Setterfield, John Connolly, Jodi Piccoult and Cathi Hannauer, Posie’s story, “The Last of the Carsholts” will be included in a unique co-publishing venture between Simon and Schuster USA and the Ritz Carlton Hotel group which will see a copy of “Turndown Tales” (which is log lined “Stay Up All Night Stories from your favourite bestselling authors”) beside each bed in every hotel in the Ritz Carlton chain across America.

The Lyricist…

Posie has co-written two albums of songs from the series of McLeod’s Daughters with composer Chris Harriott, both of which have achieved Platinum sales in Australia (the first album peaking at #7 on the Aria charts.).

And…

A regular guest at film, television and writers festivals all over the world, in 2004 Posie was honoured to participate in two personally significant events. As the first graduate to do so, she gave the annual “Investigator Lecture” for Flinders University in South Australia. Previous lecturers have included former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, High Court of Australia Justice Michael Kirby and Lec Walensa of Poland. Also in that same year, as part of the Tasmania’s Bi-centenary celebrations, she was invited as one of eight Tasmanian “expats” to give a lecture on her life and career as a contribution to the state-wide “Reflections of Tasmania” series of public events.

In 2006, along with 39 other graduates, Posie was given an Inaugural Flinders University Award for her services to Film and Television as part of the celebrations for the University’s fortieth year. Posie is a current member of the board of The Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

Posie’s website can be visited at PosieGraeme-Evans.com or you can view her writers blog on Amazon.

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