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Former Head of Screen Tasmania Karena Slaninka has been named as the CEO of Adelaide-based screen talent and story development centre, and cinema Mercury CX, after spending more than a decade on the Apple Isle where she said she helped grow the local production industry by attracting shows including Rosehaven and The Kettering Incident.
Slaninka’s appointment is part of Mercury CX’s expansion, which positions the former local resource centre as a national production company by connecting creatives with industry professionals.
She said Mercury CX was well placed to help build the state's screen industry and attract interstate talent, with South Australia’s local screen sector already a “significant driver” of the state’s creative economy, and with the SA Film Corporation and Adelaide Film Festival supporting the development and distribution of films.
“Preparing people with the skills for success in creative industries then becomes a clear focus for Mercury CX," she said.
"Helping provide those pathways for creative and entrepreneurs into sustainable careers, arming them with the knowledge and skills that will make them and their projects competitive on a global stage."
The Melbourne-born executive has spent a number of years in the Australian and United Kingdom television, documentary and screen industries, including as the Australian International Documentary Conference Chair and Acting CEO.
Slaninka also previously worked with Screen NSW as a Senior Development and Production Executive.
Also within the creative industries, Sophie Young has been appointed Managing Director of advertising agency Showpony Adelaide.
She has been with the agency since 2006 but spent three years of that time in a management role with a separate company in New York, returning to the Adelaide creative agency in 2014.