Sharlene George
Ngāti Māoate, Ngāti Tamarua o Takitumu, Ngāti Paerangi o Ngamaru
Managing Director

Sharlene is a founding partner of global production company, Sweetshop. Over the last 18 years she has focused on delivering world-class commercial production facilitated in multiple countries. Forging new markets and clients within these markets has become the core of Sweetshop’s business with eight offices across Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Bangkok, Shanghai, London, Los Angeles and New York.

As a New Zealand born Cook Islander, telling more indigenous stories is an extremely important part of Sharlene’s focus.

Gal Greenspan
Managing Director

Gal is a co-founder of Israeli based Green Productions along with Roi Kurland. He’s produced nearly a dozen critically acclaimed films including Scaffolding (Cannes Acid 2017, TIFF 2017, JFF 2017 Best Film award), Menashe (Sundance 2017, Berlinale 2017, distributed in the US by A24), Youth (Berlinale 2013), and Summer Vacation (Sundance 2013, shortlisted for Oscars®).

Gal is a firm believer that art and commercial success can live together. He brings in-depth experience in international co-productions and is focused on bringing Australian and New Zealand stories to global audiences.

Alice Burgin
Documentary/Factual Executive

Alice Burgin is best known for her role as the CEO/Conference Director of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) where she oversaw over one million dollars of project funds and skills development training invested into the documentary and factual sector. During her time, she instigated Cut to the Chase, AIDC's curated marketplace with over 120 projects passing through it annually, as well as the Indigenous Creators Program, Leading Lights and numerous initiatives to support project development from production through to completion. She has over a decade of experience in the film and television industry in Australia and overseas, as well as a dual research PhD. in film funding policy awarded from the University of Melbourne/Université de Paris X, France. 

Antje Kulpe
Head of Production

Originally from Germany and New Zealand, Antje Kulpe has been based in Melbourne since 2006. Antje is currently producing the second series of the successful ABC comedy ‘Superwog’ with Princess Pictures. 'Superwog' is funded through Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Film Victoria. In 2019 Antje worked alongside Jonathan Ogilvie, Mat Govoni and Adam White,line producing the Screen Australia and MIFF funded 'Lone Wolf'. In 2018, Antje worked alongside the Kates to produce the hit comedy 'Get Krack!n' which was nominated for Best Comedy at the 2019 SPA Awards Antje’s versatile skillset as a line producer and series producer has made her a highly sort after and a trusted practitioner within the Australian screen industry.

Gemma Knight
Development and Production Executive

Gemma is a Canneseries award-winning producer, who cut her teeth on live television, writing and hosting over 200 episodes of New Zealand's iconic What Now across five seasons from 2010-2015.

In 2019 Gemma produced AACTA nominated online series Over and Out (Canneseries Short form winner 2019). Prior to that, Gemma associate produced feature films The Butterfly Tree (TIFF 2017, MIFF 2017, Triple AACTA Nominated) and Harmony (currently streaming on Stan.) She is currently in development on feature doc 2D LOVE (Doc Edge Pitch Winner 2020, AIDC Award 2020) under her company Midwinter Films, whilst working across a number of projects on the Sweetshop & Green slate.

Katy Roberts
Development and Production Executive

Katy is a producer and production executive specialised in creative development and programming for global audiences.

Katy spent seven years at global youth media company VICE where she spearheaded the setup and growth of VICE Australia and New Zealand’s production departments and programming slates, before being tapped to lead VICE’s development for Asia Pacific as their Head of Development.

With an established background in documentary, Katy brings an interest in stories inspired by and borrowing from real life events and people.

Rickylee Russell-Waipuka
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa
Development Assistant

Rickylee is best known for her role as Chardonnay in Boy, directed by Taika Waiti as well as roles in Waka Warriors and This is Piki. With an established background in theatre, she has performed and toured extensively with Hawaiki Tū Haka Theatre Company, and throughout Canada facilitating and performing haka workshops at Sākihiwē Festival and Edge of the World Festival amongst others.

In late 2018, Rickylee began channeling her experience behind the scenes, leading her to join Sweetshop & Green in 2019. Rickylee is passionate about First Nations projects, and ensuring the appropriate voices are at the table when it comes to safe guarding culture.  

Kim Stringer