About us

White Hot Productions is the production arm of the White Hot Group and has extensive experience within the Film, Television and Entertainment industry. The company’s current focus is on feature film and television series production.

We develop, commission and produce an on-going slate of features. We also develop television series with a unique approach and strong commercial appeal. Our commitment is to working with outstanding creative talent to tell outstanding stories.

White Hot also collaborates as executive producer, co-producer or investor in selected features and television series initiated by other production companies. To date, these include THE DRESSMAKER, PAWNO, ALI’S WEDDING, BOYS IN THE TREES, and SUNSET SIX.

We bring passion, care and dedication to our projects and enjoy the cut and thrust and teamwork associated with the successful creative process of project development and the subsequent production. The White Hot Group brings together the expertise of three industry insiders with the vision and ability to deliver quality Australian films and television.

Our team

Ian Kirk

Ian Kirk

Executive Producer

One of the original founders of White Hot Productions, Ian, as Executive Producer, brings the same passion, dedication and business nous to White Hot and to film and television as he does to the successful management of his significant non-entertainment international assets.

Seeking an outlet for his film and television interest, he began with supporting the early stages of script development on several projects and investment in selected productions. He later acquired Roar Digital a complete post production facility. Roar Digital recent work includes “Cloudstreet” “Surviving Georgia” “the Menkoff Method” and “Pawno”

Ian was Executive producer of the TML Enterprises theatre production of “Fiddler on the Roof’ (starring Topol). The production had successful seasons in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth as well as Wellington and Auckland.

His feature credits include Executive Producer of “The Dressmaker”, “The Menkoff Method”, “Pawno”, “Genesis”, “Ali’s Wedding”, “Boys In The Trees”, “StalkHer”, “Surviving Georgia”, “Under Red Moon’ “Vanished”, “Sunset Six”, “My Father is a Wonderful Man” and “Circle of Lies”

John Kearney

John Kearney

Executive in Charge of Production

John was in the industry when Film Victoria was born. He worked on the establishment and policy framework and later became Deputy Director. He left to work with the Burrowes Film Group raising finance for five features including MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER II.

At Crawfords Australia he was production head and later CEO. After leaving Crawfords, he moved to the L.A. based Keller Entertainment as development and production consultant. Later he represented Hallmark Productions in Australia. With the sportscaster Ron Casey, he introduced firstly harness racing then racing into Melbourne homes on Community Channel 31. Coverage grew to 26 racecourses. He has been on many boards including the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and Film Victoria. Most recently, he has been freelancing as a production and development consultant on several Australian features and television series.

His career credits as an executive producer and producer include the television series FLYING DOCTORS, NEWLYWEDS, THE FEDS, STATE CORONER, MOBY DICK, THUNDERWITH and, in film, DOGS IN SPACE, GROUND ZERO, MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER II, UNDER A RED MOON, CIRCLE OF LIES and THE MENKOFF METHOD.

John Kearney
Jon Stephens

Jon Stephens

Head of Development

Jon began his career at ABC in radio and television. He moved on to writing the award winning films MULL and THE SILVER BRUMBY. Since then he has been working principally as a freelancer in television as writer, script editor, script producer and consultant on shows such as BLUE HEELERS, NEIGHBOURS, SILVER BRUMBY (animated series), L’IL HORRORS, GOOD GUYS/BAD GUYS.

Most recently, he has been creating new TV Series Concepts including ON THE EDGE and OVER THE SEA TO SKYE and acting as Development Executive for films and television including the forthcoming THE MENKOFF METHOD. He was also associated with THE DRESSMAKER.
He has also written for and directed for stage, cabaret and music theatre.
In 2014, he was presented with the AWG’s prestigious Richard Lane Award.

Development

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White Hot Productions does NOT accept or consider unsolicited scripts or projects. However, we may consider scripts and projects referred, recommended or introduced by trusted industry contacts and colleagues

What we are looking for

White Hot Productions is proactive in the projects it undertakes. We pursue our own initiatives and actively seek out or commission projects for our development portfolio and production slate from either experienced or emerging writers or production teams. We have a rigorous review and assessment process.

In our projects, we look for the different, the daring and the dynamic. We appreciate and nurture clever ideas, good writing and inspiring vision which can be translated into projects which have strong audience appeal and commercial marketability.

With television series in development, we take them from the hasty scrawl of promising ideas scribbled on a napkin to thoroughly developed exciting series concepts, storylines and pitch documents. We’re strong on an Australian slant and point of view and the track record of the principals.

The development process

A very important part of our development process is to put together a top notch development team (under our Head of Development) working together with the original creators and project principals and others who can make a major contribution to a creative development process that ensures an outstanding series.

The story must be appealing. And the subject matter either hasn’t been done before or has an exciting twist on what might be a familiar theme. We’re looking for strong characterisation, compelling story telling, good writing mixed with a strong visual sense and a deft combination of images, action and dialogue which matches its genre and fulfils its intentions.

White Hot has been able to ensure the nurturing of its development slate free of external influences and time pressures. The direct benefit is that each project has been given the necessary time so that it is presented to the market in the best possible shape. Deadlines have been self imposed and in the best interests of the individual project.

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White Hot Productions does NOT accept or consider unsolicited scripts or projects. However, we may consider scripts and projects referred, recommended or introduced by trusted industry contacts and colleagues