OUR TEAM

Emma Fitzsimons has been working in the film and television industry for 17 years as an executive producer and lawyer. She is a partner at Princess Pictures and works across its entire slate as Managing Director.

Emma has executive produced landmark unscripted series My Year 12 Life and My Year 7 Life as well as a number of scripted projects including Yolo Crystal Fantasy, The Divorce, Superwog, How to Stay Married, The Slot and the Emmy Award nominated Wrong Kind of Black.

Having previously worked for UK broadcaster Channel 4, global production company ITV/Granada and children’s TV production and distribution specialists, the ACTF, Emma is experienced in all aspects of content development and financing.

EMMA FITZSIMONS

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Mike is a TV and film producer whose recent credits include YOLO CRYSTAL FANTASY for Adult Swim, SMILING FRIENDS for Adult Swim, SUPERWOG (season 2) for ABC, KOALA MAN for Hulu, PARKED for YouTube & Screen Australia, and audio drama THE ORCHARD for Amazon Audible, starring Eric Bana.

Mike worked at Screen Australia since it was founded in 2008 and before that with predecessor agency the Australian Film Commission since 2005. In his role as Investment Manager at the Federal Government’s key screen agency, Mike managed many award-winning projects including online content, TV series, feature films, apps, interactive drama & documentary, and video games, and conceived and ran many initiatives, conferences, and training opportunities. Mike had special responsibility for innovative digital production, exploring new platforms, finance, and revenue models. Amongst several special programs, Mike initiated and managed SKIP AHEAD with Google/YouTube to support content creators to grow online subscribers, and FRESH BLOOD with ABC TV/iview to find the next wave of comedy filmmaking talent. Prior to joining the agency, Mike held positions with the UK Film Council and the South Australian Film Corporation, and worked with production companies Picture Palace North (UK) and animation studio Monkeystack. 

MIKE COWAP

SUPERVISING PRODUCER

Laura Waters founded Princess Pictures in 2003 driven by a vision to support creative ideas, pushing audiences to see the world in new ways.
Born in the US, she studied at Boston University and produced current affairs and documentary television in London and LA.
Laura has overseen the production of a range of groundbreaking series with recent productions including: ABC ME’s ‘vlogumentary’ series My Year 7 Life and My Year 12 Life; the award-winning documentary, The Graceland Happiness Project; Foxtel’s sketch comedy show Open Slather; landmark series from John Clarke, Sporting Nation and The Sounds of Aus; Jonn Safran’s look at cross-cultural love, Race Relations and his documentary on the 2016 Australian vote The Goddam Election!; Peter Helliar’s acclaimed comedy anthology It’s a Date and feature film I Love You Too; Australia’s first Aboriginal sitcom, 8MMM; and Outland, a comedy series about gay science fiction fans. Currently she is delivering a unique comedy/documentary/musical series to the ABC written by Andrew Hansen and Chris Taylor from The Chaser and developing as many mind-boggling things as she can handle.
Recently Princess partnered with the acclaimed animation company Bento Box to not only produce original Australian adult animation, but also establish a studio based in Melbourne. Currently Princess Bento is in production on several animated series, including Yolo and Smiling Friends for Adult Swim, and Koala Man for Hulu.

 

LAURA WATERS

PRINCESS PICTURES FOUNDER

Laura DiMaio has been working in the animation industry for over two decades and has joined us as the Head of Production at Princess Bento.  

She started her career in animation at HIT Entertainment in London in 2000.  After 8 years at the company she left as Director of Production to move back to Australia.  Since then she’s worked with numerous animation studios and produced an award winning short film.  Her credits include Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Bluey, Kitty is Not a Cat, Pingu, Angelina Ballerina, the online series Dan the Man, the feature film Where is Anne Frank? And a few more.

Laura loves her job, a good spreadsheet, a cracking bottle of wine, sunshine, her kids not fighting and eating delicious food.

LAURA DIMAIO

HEAD OF PRODUCTION

Sue started off her career as a Chartered Accountant and moved to industry working at various large corporations. She entered the world of TV in 2011 and hasn’t looked back.

Working for Hamish and Andy’s production company, Radio Karate, for ten years Sue worked as a Finance manager and Head Production Accountant in both Entertainment and Drama on many fun shows. Sue joined Princess Bento in 2021. She is inspired by the clever people in the world of animation and a good Excel spreadsheet.  Sue is flexible and adaptable, enjoys a good laugh, loves working with great people and is powered by coffee. When she is not working Sue spends her time with her family, friends and planning her next overseas holiday.

SUE SKINNER

HEAD OF FINANCE

Adrian Basso has built a career supporting creative people and communities to thrive alongside complex technological, financial and operational systems. For 15 years, Adrian was the General Manager of community radio station PBSFM - the iconic heart of Melbourne's passionate and diverse music community - growing it into a robust and resilient organisation with new state-of-the-art digital studios in the heart of the Collingwood Yards art precinct. A natural and enthusiastic connector of people and ideas, Adrian is now applying his skills to the rapidly evolving operations of Princess Bento.

ADRIAN BASSO

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

Adrian has over 20 years experience within animation, visual effects and games industries. In that time his roles have included I.T. Systems Administration, Head of CG, 3D Pipeline Developer, Lead Artist and 3D Generalist. 

With Adrian's wide range of experience he is uniquely suited to be able to find technical solutions ensuring productive work across all departments... and he loves golf!

ADRIAN OOSTERGETEL

SENIOR TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

While studying the Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting at RMIT Jess turned 3 weeks of placement into a year and a half of employment and a crash course in animation production. After this she landed a job at BES Animation and in her six years there, she worked across several projects, including three seasons of Kitty Is Not A Cat where she was a writer, script editor and production manager.

After going freelance in early 2020 she has worked across the development of several animated projects with different studios, received development funding for her own adult animated series from Film Victoria and was a writer and the script producer on the series Big Words Small Stories.

Jess thoroughly enjoys working in animated content production and her experience gives her unique insight into the intersection of creativity and production. Something she has also made a part of her roles over the years is championing diversity in crews and encouraging quieter voices into new and different opportunities. This is how she found herself in the role of Associate Producer and Talent Acquisition Manager at Princess Bento, where she is working to curate harmonious and talented teams for each project,

JESS HOPCRAFT

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER & TALENT ACQUISITION MANAGER

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NAOMI HOLMES

Anaiwan woman Naomi has loved cartoons for as long as she can remember and was pretty excited to learn you could make a career out of creating them. She studied the Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting at RMIT, and since then has worn many hats in the industry.

She has written for children's animation series, including Kitty is Not a Cat, and worked in development with clients like eOne as a writer, producer and director. Most recently, she has worked as a Production Manager on HULU series Koala Man.

As an Associate Producer, Naomi is passionate about creating harmonious work environments where people feel welcome and empowered to carry out their roles in order to bring series and features to life. She's also not bad with a budget and schedule!

In her spare time, she indulges her loves of photography, interior decorating and making up catchphrases for her cat.

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER 

As the Studio's People & Culture Coordinator, Sophie provides crewing and production support across all Princess Bento shows. She works closely with the Head of Production and the Talent Acquisition Manager in launching new productions, sourcing amazing crews and running the Princess Bento Graduate Program.

Before joining the Princess Bento team, Sophie studied screenwriting at AFTRS while working primarily in live action short films and comedy community channel productions. 

Sophie lives and breathes reading (and writing!) screenplays... and ramen too.

SOPHIE WENTZEL-LEWIS

PEOPLE & CULTURE COORDINATOR

TODOR MANOJLOVIC

STUDIO MANAGER

Todor has assumed a number of different roles during his time at Princess Bento. He began working with Princess Pictures as a voice actor, audio recordist and editor for Adult Swim series YOLO: Crystal Fantasy, as well as music composer and creative associate for the following season YOLO: Silver Destiny. Once Princess Pictures/Bento Box joint venture began, Todor helped set up the studio, and his first role with us was as dialogue recordist and editor for Adult Swim series Smiling Friends.  

Tod is now the Studio Manager and so continues to hang around like a large hirsute fly, buzzing between locations. He holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts with a minor in Philosophy and a diploma in professional performance for piano.

On a weekend you'll find him devouring a charcuterie plate from the local Balkan deli, spinning records, enjoying memes, attempting to play various instruments and riding his motorbike - sometimes all at once.