Managing Director

Ed 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 Director

Julia 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 Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) and The Screenwest Board advisory Committee - this coupled with her extensive creative talents and many years of experience in the marketplace makes Julia one of the leading figures in the Australian film industry. 


General Manager

Jules Fortune has a demonstrated history in the creative industries, with over 15 years of experience in both Ireland and Australia. She possesses a wide range of skills in all areas of production, particularly Documentary, and is a strong media and communications professional who possesses a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of the Laws.

Jules joined the team at Prospero Productions in 2010 in the capacity of Production Manager. In 2012 Jules was appointed the role of Head of Production and Business Affairs, and in 2018, to the role of General Manager and Executive Producer. Working closely with the Managing Directors, she is responsible for every aspect of production, as well the overall day to day management of the company. Jules’ skills include but are not limited to: procurement of project finance; negotiating deals and deal terms; project and personnel contracting; budget and schedule creation; funding and offset applications; O, H & S procedures and supervision; insurance management; workflow creation; personnel recruitment and supervision. Jules oversees the management of each production and their staff, and ensures all projects are brought in on time, to budget and adhering to all contractual obligations.


Finance Manager

Orla 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 Supervisor

Freya 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.