Managing DirectorEd Punchard is a Managing Director of Prospero Productions, a Western Australian based documentary production company. He has produced many internationally award-winning documentaries.
In 1988 Ed survived the world's worst ever offshore oil rig disaster on board the Piper Alpha in the North Sea, when it exploded with the loss of 167 lives.
This incident ended Ed's eight year career offshore and began his role as a documentary film-maker. He has advised in the making of programmes for World in Action ITV, First Tuesday ITV, Yorkshire Television and BBC Panorama.
In 1991 he established Prospero Productions in Fremantle, Western Australia. Ed's many producer credits include Paying for the Piper (San Francisco Golden Spire Award for Best Television in Current Events), Hutan - Wildlife of the Malaysian Rainforest (Silver Medal - New York Festivals), Diving School (Western Australian Screen Awards, Outstanding Achievement), Selling Australia (2001 Chicago International Television Competition, Certificate of Merit), SAS – The Search for Warriors, (AACTA award for Best Documentary Series) and recent series, Life on the Edge, Wild Survivor and Outback Truckers.
Managing DirectorJulia Redwood established Prospero Productions with Ed Punchard in Perth in 1991. In addition to being joint Managing Director, Julia is a multi award winning Producer, Director and Writer. In 1998 her directorial debut “Paying for the Piper” was nominated for two AFI awards and won the Golden Spire Award at the 2000 San Francisco Film Festival.
Her role within Prospero spans a broad spectrum; in addition to overseeing production and the research and development of new ideas, she heads up the marketing and distribution overseas of new and completed projects.
Julia is currently a member of the Australian Screen Directors Association (ASDA) and the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) – this coupled with her extensive creative talents and many years of experience in the marketplace makes Julia one of the leading figures in the Western Australian film industry.
Head of ProductionJules Fortune has over 10 years of experience within the media industry and began her career in Dublin, Ireland, where she gained experience in both the independent sector and with the National broadcaster, RTE.
In 2007 Jules moved to Perth where she became a lecturer at the WA Screen Academy for Post Graduate Screen studies.
Jules brought her experience to Prospero Productions in 2010 and worked as a production manager and post supervisor on a myriad of productions including The Man Who Jumped, Ned’s Head, Dino Stampede and Vet School.
In 2012 Jules was appointed the role of Head of Production and Business Affairs.
Working closely with the Managing Directors, Jules is responsible for every aspect of production including (but not limited to) - initial budget and schedule creation, contracting, funding and offset applications, O,H & S, insurance, workflow creation and personnel recruitment and supervision. She oversees the day-to-day management of each production and their staff, to ensure all projects are brought in on time, to budget and adhering to all contractual obligations.
Development ManagerRachael Kelly joined the Prospero Team in 2013. Originally from Ireland, Rachael has over ten years of experience working in the television industry and with a wide and varied range of credits under her belt, from emotive human interest stories to the world of science, Rachael demonstrates strong adaptability as a story teller.
Since joining Prospero, Rachael has been involved in the development and production of some of their most thought provoking documentaries including Change My Race for SBS, Shark Science for Nova & PBS Distribution and most recently The Wild Survivor for National Geographic.
In 2014 Rachael was appointed as Prospero’s Development Manager.
Working closely with the executive producers, Rachael is responsible for sourcing and developing new programmes and is always on the look out for fresh ideas that would appeal to both Domestic and International audiences.
Finance ManagerOrla joined Prospero Productions as Finance Manager in 2014. An experienced chartered accountant, after qualifying with Grant Thorton in Dublin, Orla relocated to London to take up the position of Financial controller with OpenBet, the market leader in betting and online gaming software.
After making the move to Perth in 2012, Orla worked in both the property and hospitality industries as Financial Accountant and Group Financial Controller respectively. At Prospero Productions, Orla is responsible for all aspects of accounting, working closely the company directors and the head of Production.
Post Production SupervisorFreya joined Prospero Productions in 2009 as a Production Assistant. She went on to gain experience in both production and post production roles on a wide variety of Prospero’s documentaries and her strong capabilities in the fast paced environment quickly saw her in the position of Senior Production Coordinator on some of Prospero’s largest and most challenging projects including Outback Truckers and Life on the Edge.
Freya currently holds the full time position of Post Production Supervisor and works closely with the Production teams to oversee the successful technical and timely delivery of all projects.