MEET THE TEAM
FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
Craig McMahon has a career in theatrical and film production and finance spanning two decades.
As of the beginning of 2021 under Craig's vision, Elevate Production Finance had helped fund a substantial number of significant films, having secured more than 50 per cent of the combined budgets in loans.
Craig developed his expertise in film and entertainment, starting in Queensland in the early 2000s as an accountant at the leading Australian film distribution and production company, Village Roadshow, where he provided fiscal management for dozens of film and TV productions.
Moving to Melbourne, in 2008 he branched out on his own, and following his passion for live events, independently produced a box-office-record-breaking tour of Australia by Italian superstar, Maestro Andrea Bocelli with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Concurrently, he continued his film production career, executive producing Screen Australia's number one financial performer to date, Red Hill in 2010.
From 2013 till 2016, Craig was based in Abu Dhabi, where he produced prestigious live events for corporates, government and the Royal Family and consulted with government and private sector in relation to film projects and incentives.
On his return to Australia, through McMahon International, he produced a series of successful stage productions as well as executive producing films.
He founded Forte Corp in 2016, which oversees the subsidiary companies, Elevate Production Finance and McMahon International. Today, Craig brings together a strong team of entertainment professionals who work across both McMahon International and its sister company, Elevate Production Finance, collaborating with a range of external creatives to bring magic to the stage and screen.
Craig is known in the creative arts industry for uniting financiers and artists to facilitate productions with profitable returns. His experience and success on both sides of the finance equation gives him a uniquely holistic approach; he is passionate about finding unique ways to help bring great entertainment to the world that is both profitable and inspiring.
In 2009, Craig established the Serendipity Fund, which provides funding for a quality, sustainable education to children living in Papua New Guinea (PNG) whose lives have been affected by AIDS.
He is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Regarded as an industry leader with over 15 years’ experience, London-based Charles Auty’s career includes over a decade at Ingenious Media with five years as managing director of their US$500 million independent film fund.
Charles brings exceptional experience to EPF. He is passionate about closing deals and finding the most creative and expedient ways to do so.
In a CV liberally peppered with Oscar winning and nominated films, Charles has been involved with everything from studio blockbusters such as Avatar, Life of Pi and Planet of the Apes, through to independent Academy Award®-nominated films such as Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Brooklyn featuring Saoirse Ronan.
Described by Variety as a "seasoned dealmaker", Charles is renowned for his pragmatic and flexible approach to closing deals. To date he’s worked on the successful financing of hundreds of independent films with a combined value of in excess of US$3 billion.
Charles’s financing credits also include the recent US success, War With Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Uma Thurman, Terminal starring Margot Robbie, as well as Ben Wheatley’s High Rise with Tom Hiddlestone and most recently, the upcoming US$50 million action pic, Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level with Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo.
Charles was born and raised in Surrey and studied at the University of Oxford and University of Warwick. His favourite holiday is a week of full-on skiing in the Alps. Charles lives in North London with his wife, daughter and cocker spaniel, Biscuit.
HEAD OF PRODUCTION
Yvonne Collins is one of Australia’s most experienced and highly regarded line producers of film and television. She brings a wealth of practical production knowledge, budgeting prowess and excellent contacts in the film industry to EPF's skill set.
Over the years she has line-produced and production-managed numerous feature films and television drama series including The Silver Brumby starring Russell Crowe, Michael Rymer’s Angel Baby, featuring Jacqueline McKenzie and John Lynch and Andrew Dominik’s Chopper with Eric Bana. In addition, she has produced several documentaries including Paper Dolls which received a Certificate of Merit at the Hugo Television Awards in Chicago 2009 and was a nominee for Best History Production at History Makers in New York 2010.
She was co-producer of both seasons of the critically acclaimed television series The Circuit in 2006 and 2008, and line producer on several seasons of the hit Australian television series, Jack Irish, with Guy Pearce in the lead role.
Yvonne was co-producer/line producer on The King’s Daughter (2014) starring Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt, line producer/unit production manager on Greg McLean’s Jungle (2016) starring Daniel Radcliffe, line producer on the Spierig Brothers Winchester (2017) featuring Helen Mirren, line producer/unit production manager on PJ Hogan’s Mental (2012) starring Toni Collette and Liev Schreiber and unit production manager on Predestination starring Ethan Hawke.
Throughout her career, Yvonne has assessed productions and budgets for Film Victoria, the former Australian Film Commission, the former Film Finance Corporation, taught short courses in producing and production management, as well as having acted as an external consultant assessor to the Federal Government administrators of the Australian Screen Production Incentive.
Yvonne resides in Melbourne, Australia, where she began her career in network television. Having formed firm friendships in the industry, she regards nurturing relationships and offering assistance to local and international productions as being of the highest importance.
HEAD OF LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Ted Cawrey is an entertainment and finance lawyer with more than 15 years’ experience working on the banking, regulatory, tax and contract law issues principally of screened entertainment.
Ted serves as group counsel for Forte Corp and heads up legal and business affairs for each of the group subsidiary companies, including Elevate Production Finance and McMahon International.
Ted developed his legal skills starting at the leading private practice for entertainment law in London, Olswang (now part of CMS). After more than eight years at Olswang, he was head-hunted to work in (and eventually lead) a team of 18 in-house lawyers at the highly-regarded media and entertainment investment house, Ingenious Capital Management, during which time he worked on more than 100 productions for film and television.
Ted left Ingenious to move to Australia in 2016 and spent four years at the boutique media, tech and entertainment law firm, Blueprint Law, where he re-qualified as an Australian solicitor and set up and ran the firm’s Brisbane office.
Ted has worked on films such as The Dressmaker, Slumdog Millionaire, Storm Boy, Dirt Music, Adrift, Danger Close and Selma.
Ted is passionate about what his clients create, and how they go about ‘making the magic’ - often in challenging, sometimes near-impossible, circumstances. He is admitted to practise the laws of both Australia and England & Wales.
Ted is also a director and company secretary on the board of the Gold Coast Film Festival and an AACTA member.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
With more than 20 years' experience in asset management, investment, fund-raising, budget control and other streams of financial services across a variety of sectors, David Demasi brings lateral scope and broad outreach to investors to Forte Corp and its subsidiaries, EPF and McMahon International included.
David is the founder of DBD Accountants, an accounting firm based in South Australia with more than 1200 clients, and a Director of Southern Cross Equity Group Pty Ltd, an asset management entity managing approximately $200 million worth of commercial property investments.
For the better part of two decades, he has acted as external CFO for the Flinders Foundation, a public benevolent institution, raising funds for Adelaide's Flinders Medical Centre as well as statewide and nationwide activities. David controlled the budget for the development of the $30 million Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer.
He is also on the finance committee of the Adelaide School of Arts.
David met Elevate Production Finance MD Craig McMahon after investing in a film while EPF was in its fledgling phase. Assisting set up EPF's financials helped David learn about the film industry in rapid time, and he relishes the new challenges of working in this field.
With his strong background in financial control and governance, along with common sense, David also acts from a burning desire to achieve a successful outcome for producers and investors.
He lives in Adelaide, South Australia.
Po Box 6068,
South Yarra, Victoria,