New owners for Australia’s dedicated creative industries job board
Melbourne based Five Bees Media has acquired and relaunched GrapevineJobs.com.au, which has been an active employment marketplace for the Australian screen production industry for many years.
Matthew Heyes, founder and CEO of Five Bees Media, said GrapevineJobs.com.au is Australia’s dedicated job board for the creative industries, and provides a much needed employment marketplace.
“With so many projects being put on hold due to COVID-19, the impact on this industry has been pretty devastating. As production in parts of the country comes back to life, our online jobs portal at GrapevineJobs.com.au is a vital link between production companies, studios and professionals.”
It’s an industry known for its resilience and creativity, and it’s also known as a contributor to the wider economy, as pointed out by Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni:
“We know for every two jobs created in the screen industry, another job is supported elsewhere in the economy, in hospitality, travel, accommodation and trades,” he said.
Thankfully, things are starting to improve, with a recent announcement from Screen Australia confirming that many of the large-scale scripted drama projects which were put on hold, are starting to recommence production. The recently announced $50 million Temporary Interruption Fund is also set to ensure productions can get underway, and crew can return to work.
Meanwhile, the federal government is hoping to boost the number of productions choosing Australia as a location, with a $400 million Location Incentive to attract film and television productions, both now and over the next seven years.
In response to the need to boost employment in the sector, GrapevineJobs.com.au is currently offering free basic listings to employers who are looking to advertise roles via the online job board.
Five Bees Media is also the owner of the Backpacker Job Board and Student Job Board online employment marketplaces, and Heyes confirmed they’re excited by the opportunities in this new area:
“We’ve already had some excellent feedback on the new-look site, and we’re looking forward to working in partnership with the film, TV and broadcast media sector as it gets back on its feet.”
“We’re also looking at new ways to connect job applicants and employers through the website and its channels, including plans to launch a customised email job alert for site users.”