The CompanyProdigy Movies
- Michael Robertson
- Robert Slaviero
- Janine Pearce
- Michael Baskin
- Elliott D. Yancey
- Film & Television
Prodigy Movies produces concept driven feature films for Australian and international audiences.
The company produces films with Australia’s best screenwriting and directing talent and co-produces with overseas production partners.
Our filmmaking expertise is based on –
• a unique ability to discover and develop new talent
• a commercial understanding of the international market
• a strong production slate of stories that ‘know’ their audience
Michael Robertson – Managing Director
Prodigy Movies is headed by Michael Robertson - a leading figure in the Australian film industry.
Prodigy Movies' first production "Black Water" was the Aussie hit film of 2007 and the survival/thriller "The Reef" received accolades as “the scariest shark film since Jaws” placing the company at the centre of genre-filmmaking in Australia.
Michael is currently developing a slate of both high budget and ‘cutting edge’ low budget features and is a founding partner in the Chesterfield Offset Finance Company.
Michael directed the feature films - "The Best of Friends", "Going Sane" and "Back of Beyond". He established the TVC production company, Prodigy winning Cannes Lion, Mobius, One Show New York, CLIO, AWARD, MADC and ATV awards and has featured as one of the worlds leading ad makers in Kodak USA's 'Commercial Makers".
He is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, with postgraduate cinema studies at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the Screen Producers Australia and Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE), an international association of film producers based in Paris.
Robert Slaviero - Executive Producer/Consultant
He commenced in the film & tv world at United International Pictures (UIP) before joiningHoyts/Fox/Columbia/Tri Star as the National Sales Manager Robert later moved to Twentieth Century Fox Australia as managing director.
From 2001 he was the Chief Executive Officer, Australia/NZ at Hoyts Distribution and was appointed CEO, Studiocanal Australia/NZ when the company was sold to Studiocanal.
Robert’s career highlights include managing the Australian/NZ release of Titanic, Moulin Rouge, The Full Monty, Paddington and the Twilight series of films.
He acts as an executive producer for Prodigy Movies across a slate of the company’s film and television projects.
Janine Pearce – Business Affairs
Janine received her law degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York.
She practiced in the areas of securities, mergers & acquisitions and intellectual property at the New York offices of Cleary Gottlieb before moving to Showtime Networks, where she managed television distribution contracts and advised on advertising, antitrust, copyright and trademark law.
Janine moved to Australia in 1998 and worked at the Film Finance Corporation , predecessor to Screen Australia, advising on investment in feature films and television drama until 2006. After two years with the entertainment law firm Stevenson Watson, she currently operates a sole practice, JP Media Law and Consulting, representing creators and producers of film and television projects, as well as funding bodies and financiers, and advises on all aspects of media law and financing. Janine is qualified to practice in Australia and the United States.
Janine acted as Executive Producer on Prodigy Movies’ features, "Road Train" and "The Reef"
Michael Baskin - Financial Adviser
A qualified Chartered Accountant in South Africa in 1978. He joined Sydney-based Baskin Clarke in 1990 which today has four partners and over 50 staff.
He has achieved an enviable reputation for providing a range of business advisor services to select corporate clients and individuals. He has been involved with clients in the advertising, television commercial industry as well as film production for the past 15 tears.
He acts as financial adviser to Prodigy Movies in both fund raising and tax mitigation and is an expert in international financing.
He acted as an executive producer of Road Train and The Reef.
Elliott D. Yancey – Finance
Elliott D. Yancey has more than 20 years of executive management level experience in the United States and Australia.
He has held senior management positions in sales & marketing, project management, acquisitions, operations, production and business development in industries as diverse as technology commercialisation and digital media.
His company, Toil Films acts as an independent executive producer and financial strategist on a select range of feature film and television projects. He acts as a consultant to Prodigy Movies with responsibility for finance and funding initiatives.
Prodigy Movies does accept unsolicited material for consideration.
Please email a simple enquiry in the first instance, if we think your project could be worth pursuing, we will ask for further material - including CV/bios, synopsis, and pitch statement including rights/ownership and project history.
See the “Contact” page for relevant information.
The company is actively seeking opportunities with international treaty co-production partners as well as hosting overseas productions looking to take advantage of the 40% Federal tax rebate as well as the various State incentives
Australia has signed co-production treaties with Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Singapore, South Africa and the United Kingdom; and is a signatory to Memoranda Of Understanding (MOUs) with France and New Zealand. Cast and crew from member states of the European Union (EU) can be involved in co-production between Australia and its official Euorpean partners
Prodigy Movies is a member of Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE) – an international film producers’ association created in 1993 and based in Paris. ACE is dedicated to training and helping film producers co-produce with other countries. Now a prestigious
co-production club, it now also includes non-EU producers and organises workshops outside Europe.