Griffith Film Schoolâ€™s commercial student enterprise LiveLab is set for greatness, with the appointment of a new Creative Director â€“ British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Royal Television Society (RTS) award-winning producer, Richard Fabb.
Richard comes to Griffith with more than 25 years industry experience.
His experience includes ten years working on Channel 4 News as Producer and Foreign News Editor in the United Kingdom.
While there he won an RTS Award for a short film on the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland.
Richard has also made a number of documentaries for broadcasters including Channel 4, CNN and RTS.
His first long form film, Young Nazi and Proud, won a BAFTA, an Indie Award and was shortlisted for an RTS and Grierson Award. In Australia Richard has worked principally for Andrew Dentonâ€™s production company, Zapruderâ€™s other films, but has produced programs for a range of broadcasters, including the ABC, SBS, Channel Seven, Channel Ten and The Comedy Channel.
Richard says although familiar with the Film School and its reputation is was the unique nature of LiveLab that attracted him to the role.
â€œTo come into the Film School with no academic background and be part of the industry yet within the university is a rare opportunity and Iâ€™m very excited by it,â€ Richard says.
â€œTo the best of my knowledge LiveLab is the only in-house production unit of its kind in Australia, providing practical experience for students to work and train alongside industry professionals. Itâ€™s amazing to see.â€
Throughout his career Richard has worked with and mentored a lot of early career professionals and has been really impressed by the quality of the work they can produce.
He says he finds it exciting to be around young professionals.
â€œThey keep you on your toes and question how you do what you do. They have ability and passion, and come with fresh eyes and a fresh mind.â€
New era for LiveLab
â€œItâ€™s remarkable what LiveLab has already done, however being the largest film school in the country, with outstanding equipment, thereâ€™s no limit to what LiveLab can achieve and Iâ€™m looking forward to the challenge.
â€œI plan for LiveLab to be regarded as a genuine equal player in the production world, with work produced on par with other professional production companies,â€ Richard says.
One of the first LiveLab productions since Richardâ€™s appointment is Griffithâ€™s Oâ€™Week video.
Interested in commissioning a LiveLab production?
Please contact Richard direct on [email protected] or 07 37350102.
A new LiveLab website is coming soon.