Werner Film Productions is an award winning
film and television production company


Two time Emmy Nominated, AFI, AACTA and multi Logie award winning television producer Joanna Werner established Werner Film Productions in 2008 after many years producing live action children’s and teen drama series which have screened around the world. The company went on to be named the 2012 Australian Children’s Television Producer of the Year at the SPAA Independent Producer Awards and in 2013 was nominated for Children’s Producer of the Year as well as Australian Production Business of the Year. Werner Film Productions’ first series, the acclaimed teen drama Dance Academy, first screened in June 2010 in Australia and has gone on to be a global success.  In 2011 and 2014 the series was recognised with a nomination at the International Emmy Awards in the category of Children’s and Youth.

Dance Academy is currently screening in over 160 countries around the world including ZDF in Germany, Teen Nick in the US and Nickelodeon in the UK. The series has taken out two Logies as well as multiple Gold Plaques at the Chicago Film Festival’s Television Awards, Bronze & Silver World Medals at the New York Festival’s International Television & Film Awards and Kidscreen Awards for Best Teen/Tween Series and Best Companion Website. Dance Academy has been nominated for nine Australian Writer’s Guild Awards (won twice) and has won three Australian Director’s Guild Awards. The third series of Dance Academy premiered on ABC3 in Australia in 2013 and takes the total number of episodes to 65.

In 2015 Werner Film Productions produced ABC3 teen series Ready For This, a co-venture with Blackfella Films. Ready For This has been praised by critics and fans alike, winning the 2016 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children’s Program, the 2015 AACTA Award for Best Children’s Television Series, an Australian Directors Guild Award and a Silver World Medal at the 2016 New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Film Awards.

Joanna Werner recently produced Secret City, a 6 x 1 hour political thriller for Foxtel and Matchbox in Association with Werner Film Productions.

Werner Film Productions is developing a number of projects for children, teen and adult audiences, and is currently in post-production on the feature film Dance Academy: The Movie.


Our People


Joanna Werner

Joanna Werner is an award-winning producer specializing in live action drama series. She established Werner Film Productions in 2008 and the company’s first production, the acclaimed teen drama Dance Academy now in its third series, screens around the world. Joanna is the Executive Producer, Producer and Co-Creator of the series. In 2015 Joanna was the Executive Producer, Producer and Co-Creator of the AACTA and Logie Award winning teen series Ready For This, a co-venture between Werner Film Productions and Blackfella Films. Joanna recently produced Secret City, a 6 x 1 hour political thriller for Foxtel and Matchbox in Association with Werner Film Productions and is currently in post-production on Dance Academy: The Movie – the feature film following on from the Dance Academy series.


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Louise Smith

Louise Smith has been working in the production of television commercials and feature films for almost twenty years. She has gained an international reputation for her collaborations with stellar directing talents including Nash and Joel Edgerton, renowned actor Rachel Griffiths, television and feature film writer / director Ben Chessell and internationally recognised commercials director Derin Seale. Her work has screened at festivals such as SXSW, Sydney International Film Festival (In Competition), Telluride, Sundance, Aspen and Berlin and has been awarded honors by the Toronto Short Film Festival, Palm Springs and Puchon.

In 2002 she co-produced the feature film THE RAGE IN PLACID LAKE staring Ben Lee, Rose Byrne, Garry McDonald and Miranda Richardson. In 2008, she produced the feature film THE SQUARE, directed by Nash Edgerton and written by Joel Edgerton & Matthew Dabner which was nominated for 7 AFI Awards and has been theatrically released internationally, including in France and the USA.

Louise served a two year term on the Metro Screen Board, has been a regular freelancer for Screen NSW as a Production and Development Executive, and is a founding owner of Film Depot.

Through Screen Australia’s Enterprise Program, Louise began collaborating with Werner Film Productions in 2015, and is now steering the creative development of the slate. Louise is an Executive Producer on Dance Academy: The Movie feature film, currently in post-production.


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Bryony McLachlan

Bryony joined Werner Film Productions in 2013 after completing the Post Graduate Diploma in Producing for Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts. Originally from Tasmania, Bryony completed a degree in Commerce at Melbourne University and has produced a number of award winning short films. Bryony currently works as Production and Development Coordinator.