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Alexandra Daunt Watney (Head of Studio at MR. X)

Alexandra Daunt Watney

Head of Studio at MR. X


Alexandra joined Mr. X in April 2020 as Head of Studio, bringing with her over 17 years of VFX production experience. Previously, as the Senior Production Supervisor at Rising Sun Pictures, she managed the production team, and was instrumental in delivering projects such as X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Dumbo and Thor: Ragnarok. During her time there she was also the Senior Producer on Captain Marvel, Ford v Ferrari and Tomb Raider.

Alexandra’s career began at Framestore, London, where she progressed to the role of VFX Producer. During her 13 years there, she contributed to the successful delivery of many major projects, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Paddington, Wrath of the Titans, Sherlock Holmes, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Golden Compass and a number of the Harry Potter films.

In her role as Head of Studio at Mr. X, Adelaide, Alexandra is responsible for all the projects in production, as well as the effective day to day running of the studio, ensuring alignment to the greater Mr. X global framework and strategy; including managing financial and operational risk and driving business strategy.

Amanda Duthie (Head of Scripted at Stan.)

Amanda Duthie

Head of Scripted at Stan.


Anna Hodge (Manager, Training and Education at Rising Sun Pictures)

Anna Hodge

Manager, Training and Education at Rising Sun Pictures


Anna Hodge has managed Rising Sun Pictures successful educational program with UniSA for five years. Prior to this, she worked in vocational education for over 17 years. Anna has experience in developing, managing and growing educational initiatives in the screen and media area to reflect the changing and diversifying industry, education and training market.

With a proven record in securing both training and employment opportunities for students, Anna is focused on building strong and secure partnerships between education and industry for the purpose of developing job ready graduates.

Ari Harrison (Head of Sales and Acquisitions at Umbrella Entertainment)

Ari Harrison

Head of Sales and Acquisitions at Umbrella Entertainment


Bronwyn Kidd (Festival Director of Flickerfest Short Film Festival)

Bronwyn Kidd

Festival Director of Flickerfest Short Film Festival


Cameron Patrick (Head of Music at AFTRS)

Cameron Patrick

Head of Music at AFTRS


Award winner whose screen experience spans 30 years. He is an accomplished composer and orchestrator of music for film and television, with credits that include Spider-man: Homecoming (2017), Zootopia (2016), Jurassic World (2015) and Inside Out (2015) amongst many, many others. Cameron is also an accomplished violinist and violist, with an extensive list of credits in the film, television, theatre and recording industries.

Cameron is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s film scoring program and was an instructor in the UCLA Extension’s Film Scoring program from 2015 to 2017. He has been involved with the Queensland Music Festival for the past six years in partnership with the Griffith Film School and conducted and presented education concerts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2019. Cameron is a professional member of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers, the Society of Composers and Lyricists (US), the American Federation of Musicians (US) and Broadcast Music Inc. (US).

Cheryl L. Bedford (Founder/Producer/Educator/Activist of Women of Color Unite)

Cheryl L. Bedford

Founder/Producer/Educator/Activist of Women of Color Unite

Cheryl L. Bedford, a NAACP Image Award Nominee for “Dark Girls” and Baltimore native, holds a BFA from NYU’s TSOA and MFA in Producing from AFI. She is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. As a Production Manager, Line Producer, and Producer, Cheryl has worked on countless film/tv/digital projects, including 17 Independent Features. Ms. Bedford served as CFO and Supervising Producer for a boutique studio. She was the first Chair of Diversity Development and a Producing Instructor at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, California. As Chair, Ms. Bedford developed the Diversity Series, the Industry Lab (creating a bridge from school to work), among other initiatives. She has also taught The Art of Line Producing at UCLA Extension in Westwood, CA. Ms. Bedford formed her own company, Cheryl L. Bedford Productions, in January of 2001. In her spare time, she judges film festivals.

Ms. Bedford is the founder of Women of Color Unite (WOCU), a 501(c)(3), which purpose is to help WOC get Hired, their projects Funded and their content Distributed. From the members of WOCU, Cheryl created The JTC List. The JTC List is a database of 4000+ Women of Color above & below the line in Entertainment, which is being shared throughout the Industry. Never again will someone be able to say, they can’t find any WOC for any job above or below the line. The list is named after her mother, Joan Theresa Curtis, an activist, warrior and Ms. Bedford’s biggest fan, who passed away in 2016.

Bernadette O'Mahony (Head of Content at Australian Children's Television Foundation)

Bernadette O'Mahony

Head of Content at Australian Children's Television Foundation


Bernadette O’Mahony is an award winning Executive Producer and Producer and is the Head of Content at the Australian Children’s Television Foundation overseeing the Foundation’s development, production and international distribution activities.

Across her career Bernadette has worked on a wide range of genres including documentary, current affairs television, prime time drama, feature films and children’s film and television.

Bernadette’s Producer credits include Crash Zone, Legacy of the Silver Shadow, The Worst Year of My Life, Again! and the award winning series Round the Twist and Mortified.

Bernadette is an International Emmy Award winning Executive Producer who has helped producers develop, finance and produce series including Hardball, Are You Tougher Than Your Ancestors?, Thalu, First Day, The Inbestigators, Little J and Big Cuz, Dance Academy, Little Lunch, Ready For This, Lockie Leonard, and My Place; as well as feature films including Paper Planes and Dance Academy – The Comeback.

Bernadette has worked with broadcasters across all platforms from Free to Air, SVOD and Pay Television both locally and internationally and her knowledge and experience in development, production, financing and distribution of children’s television is unparalleled.

Carolyn Johnson (Producer)

Carolyn Johnson



Carolyn Johnson is an award-winning producer of documentaries and dramas.

Her films include Tanna which was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2017. Carolyn’s films have won awards and screened in festivals throughout the world including Venice, Berlin, Busan, London, Hong Kong, Rotterdam, and many others.

Carolyn’s credits include A Sense of Self, A Law Unto Himself, Stumbling in Hillary’s Footsteps, First Footprints, Son of a Lion, and The Last Goldfish.

Carolyn is the Australian Producer of Life in Colour.

Damian Davis (Head of Comedy and Entertainment at CJZ)

Damian Davis

Head of Comedy and Entertainment at CJZ


Damian is the Head of Comedy and Entertainment at CJZ, and is responsible for JULIA ZEMIRO'S HOME DELIVERY (ABC), MR BLACK, STREET SMART and SKIT HAPPENS (Ten), LIFE DRAWING LIVE (SBS) and a large development slate of scripted and unscripted projects.
A highly experienced producer and director, Damian has created several long running series and produced shows for all networks. He is a published author with a Masters of Journalism.

Edwina Waddy (Australian Production Executive at Roadshow)

Edwina Waddy

Australian Production Executive at Roadshow


Edwina is responsible for assessing and developing all Australian and NZ projects for theatrical release. Prior to this she ran programming and strategy for ABC2 then ABC COMEDY across television and iview. Edwina was previously a Commissioning Editor and Executive Producer for ABC Factual and Documentaries, and spent a number of years with the Specialist Factual Department at Channel Four UK. She began her career working with writers, directors, designers and actors at talent agencies including William Morris Agency UK (now WME), Curtis Brown UK, and HLA Australia. Recently released and upcoming Australian titles include THE DRY, PENGUIN BLOOM, GO!, MISS FISHER AND THE CRYPT OF TEARS, RAMS, THE DROVER'S WIFE: THE LEGEND OF MOLLY JOHNSON, BLUEBACK, SERIOUSLY RED and UNBREAKABLE: THE JELENA DOKIC STORY.
Roadshow is currently expanding its development slate through early development and co-production opportunities with a number of Australian and NZ producers. Upcoming cinema releases include Go!, Rams, Miss Fisher And The Crypt Of Tears and The Dry.

Elise McCredie (Screenwriter)

Elise McCredie



Enzo Tedeschi (Director & Producer of Deadhouse Films)

Enzo Tedeschi

Director & Producer of Deadhouse Films


A versatile filmmaker, Enzo is recognised among his peers as a prolific and innovative Producer, Director, and Writer.

Enzo’s varied body of work ranges from viral horror feature film The Tunnel - which amassed over 20 million views and downloads around the world - to the hit indie feature documentaries Food Matters & Hungry For Change and the Sydney Film Festival Audience Award Winning theatrical feature documentary The Crossing.

Enzo joined forces with Julian Harvey to write and produce The Tunnel – a project whose innovative approach to funding and distribution saw it hit international cinema screens despite being crowdfunded and simultaneously given away for free online. In addition to reaching a massive global audience, the film garnered Enzo and Julian the Screen Producers Association of Australia Award for Breakthrough Independent Producers Of The Year.

As a Director, Enzo made his theatrical feature film debut with conspiracy thriller Event Zero and was also a co-creator of A Night Of Horror Volume 1. He was an Executive Producer on Megan Riakos’ Dark Whispers Volume 1.

Enzo created the multiple award-winning online conspiracy thriller series Event Zero (upon which his feature film directorial debut was based), science fiction series Airlock, as well as Producing several productions for the Blackpills mobile streaming platform including Skinford, Skinford Chapter Two. His ongoing commitment as a Creator in the web series space and his work within that community earned him The Michael Ajakwe Jr Lifetime Achievement Award from Melbourne WebFest.

Enzo is the Showrunner of the Shudder Original Series, Deadhouse Dark, which screened at the prestigious CANNESERIES in 2020 and premiered on the platform in 2021.

Ester Harding (Head of Drama at Sweetshop & Green Productions)

Ester Harding

Head of Drama at Sweetshop & Green Productions


Fiona Gilroy (Content Sales & Acquisitions Director of Flame Distribution)

Fiona Gilroy

Content Sales & Acquisitions Director of Flame Distribution


With a career that spans 30 years in international TV content sales and marketing, Fiona Gilroy joined the late John Caldon and Lyndey Milan in 2011 to establish Flame Distribution, a specialist factual distributor.

With a catalogue consisting 4,000 hours of factual and documentary content from over 180 producers worldwide, Fiona spearheads all aspects of the international distribution activities across the Sydney, London and New York offices. This also includes assisting producers in securing presales and commissions through initiatives like the Flame Coproduction Alliance and Flame Distribution Productions. Flame also works in TV, VOD, inflight and educational markets.

Prior to Flame she ran her own consultancy working with producers to maximize commercial opportunities for their content. Throughout the course of her career key positions included Content Sales Manager for public broadcaster SBS, and Sales & Marketing Operations Manager for Film Australia. She was also staff elected director on the Film Australia Board (1992 – 1996).

Fiona has served as board member of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) from 2014 to 2020, (Co-Chair for 5 yrs during this period), and was a member of the Advisory Committee for the 2021 conference.

Georgia Humphreys (Producer at Corner Table Productions)

Georgia Humphreys

Producer at Corner Table Productions


Georgia Humphreys is a creative producer with CTPA where she is developing a slate of film and television projects for local and international audiences. After graduating high school, Georgia started out in Italy’s tourism industry managing guided tours and eventually owned Europe’s largest and Rome’s longest running pubcrawl – The Colosseum Pubcrawl.

On her return to Australia she opened Rockefeller, a beachside café where she met her producing partner, Marion Pilowsky.

Her first production, the short crime fable Yia Yia was invited to the AFF, Australian Greek Film Festival and Fort Lauderdale (USA) in 2015. Her next short film Frida and Diego – The Australian Years starring Tiriel Mora was funded via a successful Kickstarter campaign and premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2016. Georgia produced Indigenous writer/director Edoardo Crismani's short film 440, funded by the South Australian Film Corporation's 2017 Aboriginal Short Film Initiative and is the co-producer of The Flip Side, starring Eddie Izzard, for 20th Century Fox, released in 2018.

In 2020, together with Marion Pilowsky, Georgia co-created, directed and produced the lifestyle format series for Channel 44, Recipe For Love. With writer/director Peter Ninos, Georgia was selected as one of three teams in the SAFC’s 2021 Film Lab: New Voices, where they are developing Greek LGBTQI+ horror, The Mati.

She is looking to work with new and emerging creatives who speak with authentic, bold and noisy voices.

Greg Denning (Head of Sales, Acquisitions and Development Manager at STUDIOCANAL)

Greg Denning

Head of Sales, Acquisitions and Development Manager at STUDIOCANAL


Greg Denning has almost 30 years in the entertainment industry, across both Exhibition and Distribution businesses, and is one of the most highly respected film executives in this territory. He has worked across Sales, Programming, Marketing, Acquisitions and Development. He has released nearly 500 films Theatrically and Programmed many more!
Since 2013 Greg has been with independent powerhouse STUDIOCANAL, as Head of Sales & Acquisitions and Development Manager. In that time, he initiated the STUDIOCANAL CULTIVATOR DEVELOPMENT FUND which currently has three local feature films in development.

Before STUDIOCANAL, Greg spent eleven years at Icon Film Distribution (since its inception), firstly as Head of Sales, and subsequently General Manager Theatrical. In that period he helped grow the company from 5 to 40 staff, oversaw the release of over 200 films theatrically, and was a key part of the acquisitions process too.

Prior to Icon, he spent 13 years with Hoyts Cinemas in the cinema exhibition business, in both Marketing and Programming roles.


Greg typically reads, assesses & values over 120 film scripts per year.

Ian Murray (CEO of 113 Partners)

Ian Murray

CEO of 113 Partners


Ian founded 113 Partners in 2012. 113 Partners is a strategic advisory firm that that assists businesses in the creative industries to grow, seek investment, and realise their value. They are strategic advisers to Australia’s most cutting edge creative businesses and bring a wealth of insights, access to strategic partnerships, and on the ground experience to his clients.

Ian is an experienced, hands-on media expert who has had senior executive roles in both public and private businesses including COO of the branded content business Brand New Media and COO of the television production company Freehand Productions.

He uses his in-depth commercial experience to assist creative businesses to plan robust and achievable strategies to achieve domestic and international growth, financial stability, sustainable resourcing, and streamlined operations. He has advised many of Australia’s top television production, broadcast, music, design, advertising, media and entertainment companies as well as working directly with several government agencies.

Ian sits on numerous advisory boards and has a passion for all things digital.

James Marshall (Head of Studio at CDW Studios)

James Marshall

Head of Studio at CDW Studios


With a career that covers Film, TV, Online, VFX, VR, Game development, Animation, and a brief stint in state government, James is now helping CDW Studios expand into Animation and Games Production. He is also Managing Director of Golden Age Studios and serves on various advisory panels and boards across education and industry advocacy groups.
Previous roles include Head of Learning and Development for Technicolor, Senior Producer at Start VR, Transmedia Producer for Yahoo!7, Chief Creative Officer at Mudita Games, and various others.

Janelle Landers (President at WBMC)

Janelle Landers

President at WBMC


Janelle Landers is President of WBMC, a creative production company with offices in Perth and Sydney, working across narrative and documentary projects for features, television and other screen content. She recently completed Rams, directed by Jeremy Sims and starring Sam Neill, Michael Caton and Miranda Richardson. Other credits include Ben C. Lucas’ feature film OtherLife, and Julius Avery’s Son of a Gun, starring Ewan McGregor and Alicia Vikander. She also produced Lucas’ debut feature Wasted on the Young. With a background in visual arts and First Class Honours degrees in Law and Media Arts Production, Janelle worked as a lawyer and producer in Sydney before joining WBMC in 2006. As President, Janelle oversees development and production for all of the company’s screen content.

Jasmine Yang (General Manager/Head Writer at Glitch Productions)

Jasmine Yang

General Manager/Head Writer at Glitch Productions


Jasmine is the head writer and general manager for Glitch Productions, an independent Sydney animation studio that makes their own programs for Youtube. With experience in plays, online programs, and fantasy D&D books, Jasmine brings a unique melange of backgrounds to any writing project she is on.

Jasmine is also a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community as an openly bisexual trans woman.

Jennie Hughes (Director of Screen Territory)

Jennie Hughes

Director of Screen Territory


Jonathan Page (Owner at Bonsai Films)

Jonathan Page

Owner at Bonsai Films


Julie Ryan (Production Executive at South Australian Film Corporation)

Julie Ryan

Production Executive at South Australian Film Corporation


Julie Ryan is an Australian film producer who has produced 15 feature films over her 20+ year career. Her recent achievements include "H is for Happiness" which received a Special Mention by the Children's Jury in the Generation Kplus section of the Berlin International Film Festival 2020, and won the prestigious 2019 Cinefest Oz Film Prize; Hotel Mumbai, the most successful Australian film to release internationally in 2019; Ten Canoes, the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize winner at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2006; and the Australian box office smash hit Red Dog in 2011. She has received eight Best Film nominations at the AFI/AACTA awards over her 20 plus career including nominations for "H is for Happiness" and "Hotel Mumbai", and won for "Red Dog" and "Ten Canoes". Julie began working at the South Australian Film Corporation as Production Executive in 2020.

Justin Donoghue (Development Executive at Screen Australia)

Justin Donoghue

Development Executive at Screen Australia


Justin Donoghue has over twenty years’ experience working in film and television development, production and distribution. In London he worked on projects for Hallmark Entertainment, Channel Four Films, Channel Five, Downtown Pictures and Kudos Film and Television. He has worked on the development and production of a diverse slate of feature films in the UK, Europe and South Africa. In 2011 he returned to Australia and joined Screen NSW as a Development and Production Executive and also ran the Aurora script development program. Justin joined Screen Australia as a Development Executive in late 2014 and has worked across drama development and initiatives for features, series, shorts and on-line.

Kate Croser (Chief Executive Officer at South Australian Film Corporation)

Kate Croser

Chief Executive Officer at South Australian Film Corporation


Kate Croser is the Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Film Corporation. Formerly an award-winning film and television producer, Kate's work has been nominated for and won Australian Academy Awards and screened at the world’s most prestigious international film festivals. Kate has established successful independent production and distribution companies including Hedone Productions, nominated for Australian Screen Business of the Year at the 2015 Screen Producers Australia awards. Kate is a member of the board of the South Australian Film Corporation and previously served for five years as a Councillor for Screen Producers Australia, the peak industry body for independent screen production in Australia.

Kath Shelper (Producer at Scarlett Pictures Pty Ltd)

Kath Shelper

Producer at Scarlett Pictures Pty Ltd


Karena Slaninka (CEO of Mercury CX)

Karena Slaninka

CEO of Mercury CX


Mercury CX CEO Karena Slaninka has an extensive background working in Australia and the UK in television, documentary and screen industry development, including almost a decade as head of Screen Tasmania.

As a creative producer, script developer and senior executive, Karena is known as a creative and transformative force, with distinctive vision and strong leadership skills. She blends business and producing skills with strong creative flair, having produced or worked on hundreds of hours of television. As an industry executive she has facilitated approximately $300 million worth of production on feature films and TV series.

Nationally, she has extensive experience in revitalising key industry organisations including the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) where as Chair of the Board and Acting CEO, she rebuilt the flagging organisation and reimagined it as the commercially robust and internationally renowned organisation it is today.

Her passion for creative development of authentic and diverse stories has been a common thread through her roles since her time as a Senior Development and Production Executive at Screen NSW and as a creator and producer.

In her position as the Head of Screen Tasmania she effectively kick-started the sector in the state, driving industry development and facilitating finance for the production of local shows such as the ABC’s Rosehaven and the multi-award winning The Kettering Incident, whilst attracting Hollywood productions including Dreamworks’ Light Between Oceans, and The Hunter starring Willem Dafoe.

Ken Crouch (Chief Executive Officer at Screenworks (Australia))

Ken Crouch

Chief Executive Officer at Screenworks (Australia)


While growing up in country NSW, the opportunity to pursue a career in the arts, screen or cultural industries was never really an option. Sadly, that hasn’t changed much over many decades which now drives me to get out of bed each day and to put blood, sweat and tears into creating more opportunities and jobs in regional Australia.

One month after starting at Screenworks, the Federal Government announced budget cuts which led to the loss of government funding for the organisation. Faced with the potential failure of the organisation, that situation kick-started my entrepreneurial journey to converting Screenworks from a small Northern Rivers-focused association to the national non-profit charity that it is today, delivering programs, initiatives and workshops in regional areas across every state and territory of Australia.

Since starting in 2014, Screenworks’ revenue and memberships have both grown by over 500%, it has delivered over 250 events across regional Australia attended by over 12,000 people. Screenworks is now Australia’s premier regional screen industry and talent development organisation recognised for the quality of its programs and workshops, along with the strong relationships and collaborations it builds with others in the screen industry.

Some of Ken’s greatest achievements at Screenworks include the creation of the Regional Screen In LA program – a two-month international internship providing unparalleled access to Hollywood for an undergraduate or recent graduate from regional Australia – and the Career Pathways Programs that provide tailored professional development opportunities for emerging regional practitioners in the screen industry.

In this role (and roles before this one), Ken has gained a reputation for creating and maintaining strong relationships with a diverse range of industry stakeholders including producers, broadcasters, industry guilds and funding bodies at state and federal levels. In fact, it’s only because of the mutually beneficial partnerships that he has created that so many opportunities for regional Australians have been created.

Outside of Screenworks, Ken has been on non-profit executive boards and advisory groups, and has also mentored many others to help them achieve their success. He has consulted with business leaders and helped provide strategic plans and visions for industries and small businesses in the film & TV sector. He’s also guilty of spending too much time with his dogs.

Ken Wong (Creative Director of Mountains)

Ken Wong

Creative Director of Mountains


Ken Wong is an artist and game developer. He is best known for his work on 2014's 'Monument Valley' and 2018's Florence, both recipients of BAFTA Game Awards and the Apple Design Award. His work has been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, ACMI, Seoul Museum and Somerset House. Born and raised in Adelaide, Ken has spent 20 years developing games around the world, from Hong Kong to Shanghai to London. In 2016 he founded Mountains, a studio from which to continue pushing at the boundaries of interactive design and storytelling.

Kerrin McNeil (Head of Development at Hoodlum)

Kerrin McNeil

Head of Development at Hoodlum


Kerrin is Head of Development at Hoodlum, the production company behind hit series Five Bedrooms (Ten, NBCU), Harrow (ABC, ABCSI) and Tidelands (Netflix). She works across a broad slate, developing and acquiring IP and working closely with a wide variety of screenwriters, networks and studios. Kerrin has worked in both commercial and creative roles in film, television and digital media. She has been a passionate advocate for the industry in Queensland including at QPIX where she supervised production of 150+ short films and most recently as a member of the Screen Industry Advisory Board for Jobs Queensland. Kerrin was Director of Commercial at Hoodlum during the companies’ expansion into the US and UK markets and on their BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning multiplatform productions. She was a producer on the VR documentary 'Inside Manus' for SBS, which premiered at MIFF ahead of screening widely internationally including at Next: Marche Du Film Festival in Cannes. She is the Producer, EP and a Co-Creator on Hoodlum’s first audio project, Sunshadow, a 10x30 scripted drama series due for global release on Audible in 2021. Kerrin is a producer on the feature film No Friend But The Mountains, an adaptation of Behrouz Boochani’s award winning book; and an Executive Producer on Shakespeare Now, an anthology series of reinterpretations of Shakespeare told from a female perspective. The 10x 1 hour series is scripting now with Lucky Chap Entertainment and ABC Australia and features some of Australia’s leading female creative voices including Elise McCredie, Leah Purcell, Claire McCarthy, Elissa Down, Anchuli Felicia King, Corrie Chen, Michelle Law, Sarah Scheller, Amelia Roper, Rachel Ward, Anya Beyersdorf, Nadine Von Cohen and Lucy Coleman. In 2021 she completed the Professional Program in Television Writing at the University of Southern California.

Kirsty Stark (Producer at Epic Films)

Kirsty Stark

Producer at Epic Films


Kristian Moliere (Producer at Triptych Pictures)

Kristian Moliere

Producer at Triptych Pictures


Lana Greenhalgh (Drama Executive at Foxtel)

Lana Greenhalgh

Drama Executive at Foxtel


Lana began working with Foxtel in 2015 after leaving a career in the talent management industry to pursue her passion for television drama. She began as Scripted Production Coordinator working across Foxtel’s scripted production and development slate including Wentworth, A Place To Call Home, Picnic At Hanging Rock, Australia Day, Secret City: Under the Eagle, Lambs of God, The End and Upright.

Lana moved into her present role as Foxtel’s Drama Executive in 2018 where she oversees each current project in Development and Production while actively seeking fresh and exciting projects for Foxtel’s slate.

Lisa Shaunessy (Partner/Producer at Arcadia)

Lisa Shaunessy

Partner/Producer at Arcadia


Partner at Australian production and distribution company, ARCADIA, Lisa produced 2067 (XYZ/RLJE Films/Netflix), starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ryan Kwanten and Deborah Mailman, which debuted as the No 1 movie on Netflix (ANZ) and No 2 on iTunes (US), following its theatrical release. Lisa also produced the critically acclaimed Killing Ground that premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2017 (IFC Midnight) with Joe Weatherstone; The Furies (Sitges Film Festival, 2019, Shudder/StudioCanal); AACTA award-winning series Hipsters (SBS, 2015), hosted by Samuel Johnson; Black & White & Sex (IFF Rotterdam 2013, co-producer) and ASC award-winning documentary Slammin’ Sam (Foxtel, 2013). She is currently in post-production on Sissy (XYZ, LevelK & Arcadia), that stars The Bold Type’s Aisha Dee, and co-stars Hannah Barlow who co-writes and co-directs with Kane Senes.

Lyn Norfor (Head of Producing and Production at AFTRS)

Lyn Norfor

Head of Producing and Production at AFTRS


Lyn is Head of Producing and Production at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. An experienced producer, Lyn’s credits encompass drama and documentary film and television productions. She produced the feature film Undertow (2018) which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Edinburgh Film Festival and Hot Mess (2018) which screened at the Seattle International Film Festival. She is executive producer of Here out West (2021) an anthology feature film featuring 8 talented writers from the western suburbs of Sydney working with award-winning directors Leah Purcell, Ana Kokinos, Lucy Gaffy, Julie Kalceff and Fadia Abboud.

Lyn has produced numerous award-winning short films including Perception, funded by Screen Australia, winner of the top short film prize at the Sydney Film Festival with its international premiere at Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival. Lyn is passionate about working with new, diverse storytellers and directors.
Lyn has produced numerous award-winning short films including Perception, funded by Screen Australia, that won the top short film prize at the Sydney Film Festival with its international premiere at Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival. Lyn is passionate about working with new, diverse storytellers and directors.

Matt Vesely (Development Manager at Closer Productions)

Matt Vesely

Development Manager at Closer Productions


Matt Vesely is a South Australian writer/director. He works with award winning creative collective Closer Productions. Often combining his love of science fiction with a sincere view of human relationships, Matt has directed a number of successful shorts and worked as a writer across TV & film.

Matt has worked in writers’ rooms with Closer Productions, Matchbox Pictures, Bunya Productions, the ABC and SBS. He was a part of the writing team for the ABC’s flagship iView series, the post-apocalyptic sci-fi WASTELANDER PANDA, and wrote an episode and was a staff writer across the entirety of Closer’s award-winning comic drama for ABC, FUCKING ADELAIDE. In 2014, Matt was the recipient of the Colin Thiele Scholarship for Creative Writing. In 2018, his feature script OVERHEATER – a dystopian romantic comedy – was shortlisted for the Australian Writer’s Guild’s John Hinde Award for best unproduced science fiction screenplay.

Matt works as Closer’s Development Manager under the mentorship of Sophie Hyde and Rebecca Summerton, and was the script producer for Closer’s 4 part series THE HUNTING (SBS), starring Asher Keddie and Richard Roxburgh. In 2021, he script produced and wrote for Closer’s comedy series AFTERTASTE (ABC), starring Erik Thomson.

Matt continues to lead Closer’s writers’ rooms and develop his own television projects, including a series based on OVERHEATER, supported by Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation. SYSTEM ERROR, his new proof of concept short for OVERHEATER, was selected to have its world premiere at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Matthew Deaner (CEO of Screen Producers Australia)

Matthew Deaner

CEO of Screen Producers Australia


Matthew Deaner is the Chief Executive Officer of Screen Producers Australia, a national organisation that unites the screen industry to campaign for a healthy commercial environment. Screen Producer’s Australia supports the interests of businesses, large and small, in their production of feature films, television programs, interactive content and games across all genres and formats.

Matthew oversees all aspects of Screen Producers Australia's advocacy work, industrial negotiations, events and operational issues. He also works closely with our Council to set the strategic direction of the organisation as well as identify and execute new business development opportunities. Matthew brings a wealth of knowledge to Screen Producers Australia with his experience as a lawyer in both Sydney and London and in senior policy and strategy positions with Screen Australia and the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association.

In July 2015 Matthew was appointed to the board of Media Super as an employer-representative director, nominated by Screen Producers Australia.

Marion Pilowsky (Director of Corner Table Productions)

Marion Pilowsky

Director of Corner Table Productions


Marion Pilowsky is a writer/director/producer. Her debut feature film, The Flip Side starring Eddie Izzard was released by 20th Century Fox in 2018. She has held senior positions in both London and Australia in production, financing, sales and acquisitions before shifting her focus to writing and directing.

Michela Carattini (Intimacy Coordinator & Company Director of Key Intimate Scenes)

Michela Carattini

Intimacy Coordinator & Company Director of Key Intimate Scenes


Michela Carattini is an Intimacy Coordinator (IC) and Company Director at Key Intimate Scenes (KIS). Her IC screen credits include "Nine Perfect Strangers", "Blaze", "Le Prelude", "Learning the Curvature of the Earth" and "This River." She co-created and co-instructed the first Intimacy Coordination Workshop for Directors at AFTRS, was a member of the panel which drafted MEAA’s Australian Intimacy Guidelines for Stage & Screen, and created the first Australia-specific training curriculum for ICs. She has been a expert speaker/interviewee on Intimacy Coordination for IF Magazine, Cinema Femme Magazine, ABC News, WIFT, SFAA, and co-founded the Australasian Intimacy Coordination Network.

Marcus Gillezeau (Executive Producer at Firelight Productions)

Marcus Gillezeau

Executive Producer at Firelight Productions


Marcus Gillezeau [Jillezo] is best known for creating and producing high profile projects for film, TV and digital media.

He has won some of the industries’ most prestigious awards including the AACTA Award (Australian Academy of Cinema Television Arts), Best Feature Documentary for “STORM SURFERS 3D” and the International Digital Emmy® Award and Australian Directors Guild Award for the all-media drama “SCORCHED”. He was twice honored by Screen Producers Australia for Best New Media and Interactive Producer of the Year.

Recently, he produced theatrical feature documentaries Own the Sky and Living Universe and was EP on Motorkite Dreaming. He executive produced the feature drama NERVE that screened at Sydney Film Festival and Shanghai Film Festival. He has written, directed and produced prime time television in Australia and for major international networks in Asia, North America and Europe.

Marcus is also a successful author of two books “Hands On - Tips and Experiences in All Media Producing”, and “Hands On - A guide to production and technologies for film, TV and new media.”.

Specialising in all-media development, production and delivery across all platforms, he has built a reputation for being at the forefront of digital innovation, production and distribution.

Nathan Mayfield (Chief Creative Officer at Hoodlum)

Nathan Mayfield

Chief Creative Officer at Hoodlum


Nathan Mayfield is the Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of Hoodlum, an Emmy and BAFTA Award Winning Production Company. Hoodlum operates their offices in Brisbane, Australia and in Los Angeles, developing feature film and television drama projects for the international marketplace. Mayfield has been the creative force behind Hoodlum’s multiplatform, television series and feature film work. He has worked alongside his co-founder Tracey Robertson to expand the business across the globe and across many different mediums. In 2017, Nathan produced the feature film AUSTRALIA DAY for Foxtel, released theatrically through Icon Film Distribution and launched a VR documentary, INSIDE MANUS, for SBS. Hoodlum’s TIDELANDS, an 8-part series for Netflix, was Netflix's first original TV series for the territory, and launched globally in December 2018. Hoodlum is currently in production on the second season of FIVE BEDROOMS, an 8-part series for Network Ten, distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution, and has finished airing the third season of HARROW, a 10-part series with ABC Australia and ABC Studios International. HARROW was ABCSI’s first scripted production outside of the US and both seasons are currently streaming on Hulu in the US.

Nicholas Hayden (Head of Entertainment at ABC)

Nicholas Hayden

Head of Entertainment at ABC


Nick Hayden is a media and communications executive and people leader with over 10 years experience in media and content production. Currently he is Head of Entertainment at ABC with heaps of super cool top secret stuff in the works.

Prior to that he created and was founding EP of the Walkley and Logie losing news and comedy series The Feed for SBS. He did however once win a Canne Gold Lion for his work on the comedy series The Great Crusade for Qantas. Nick was one from thousands picked by Andrew Denton and Anita Jacoby to be a writer, producer and presenter on Hungry Beast, and he’s worked for just about every network in Australia (except one).

He also has no problem boasting about himself in a biography and loves referring to himself in the 3rd person.

Nick Hayes (Head of Sales and Acquisitions at Icon Film Distribution)

Nick Hayes

Head of Sales and Acquisitions at Icon Film Distribution


Nick has spent his entire working life in the cinema industry. Nick commenced with Dendy Icon in 2008, and has had several roles within the organisation including Head of Cinemas. He has also been the Operation Manager of the Sydney Film Festival and worked for Hoyts Cinemas for a decade. Nick is also currently serving on the board of Independent Cinemas Australia, the peak industry group for Independent Cinemas and is the Vice President of the Australian Independent Distributors Association.

Nicole Coventry (Producer at Cosmic Pollen)

Nicole Coventry

Producer at Cosmic Pollen


Nicole Coventry is a Sydney based producer and story developer committed to creating and supporting thought provoking projects that cross disciplines and celebrate diversity.

Between 2018 and 2020, Nicole worked as production supervisor within the scripted commissioning team at Australian broadcaster, SBS managing the development and production of SBS’s critically acclaimed drama slate including series such as The Hunting, Hungry Ghosts, On The Ropes, New Gold Mountain, The Unusual Suspects, The Tailings and Robbie Hood.

Prior to joining SBS, Nicole worked in various capacities on a wide range of drama series, feature films and documentaries including Top of The Lake, Undercurrent, The Good Cop, Safe Harbour, Ali’s Wedding, Hunters, Wonderland, Tangle and Love My Way. She has also produced movie review and long form interstitial programs for Showtime Australia and worked for 6 years at the Australian Film Commission.

Nicole’s personal slate includes a diverse catalogue of award-winning short films and music videos including Sherbert Rozencrantz, You’re Beautiful and the Lexus Short Film Fellowship funded How The Light Gets In.

Under the banner of Cosmic Pollen, her development and production company, Nicole’s latest work as producer is Dreamer Awake – an audio fiction/ proof of concept for screen series in development with ABC Audio, and she is a producer of Deity, a digital screen series selected to participate in Screen Australia, SBS and NITV’s 2021 Digital Originals initiative.

Noel Manzano (VP, International Programming and Development at AMC Networks)

Noel Manzano

VP, International Programming and Development at AMC Networks


Noel Manzano is the Vice President of International Programming at AMC Networks, working across AMC, SundanceTV and BBC America. In this role, he identifies and develop original content with creative talent around the world, and work within the AMC Networks Entertainment Group to move existing projects forward. Manzano was most recently director of development for Hoodlum Entertainment, where he ran the company’s U.S. content development slate and strategy and drove internationally produced projects. Prior to this role, he worked in film acquisitions for iflix, was director of acquisitions for Dynamic Television and served as a creative executive at Sierra/Affinity. Manzano is a graduate of New York University.

Peter Herbert (Head of Sreen Business at AFTRS)

Peter Herbert

Head of Sreen Business at AFTRS


A writer, producer and executive producer for a many national and international companies, among them Crawford Productions, PBL Productions, Taffner Ramsay, Beyond International and Granada, Peter began his career writing and producing for television classics such as Cop Shop, The Sullivans, The Flying Doctors, The Comedy Company and Acropolis Now. He produced the inaugural Comedy Festival Charity Gala in 1992 and created The World Comedy Tour in 2000. He also produced The 34th Annual TV Week Logies, and he has created or co-created a number of series, among them Skirts, The Comedy Sale! The Agency, Parties, FAQ, and The Big Wig for Sky1 in the UK. Working with Caroline Aherne of The Royle Family, he co-created, co-wrote and produced the BBC2 comedy series, Dossa and Joe. Other credits include the Network Ten production, Unreal TV, a sitcom Sit Down, Shut Up, as well as the tonight show, The Big Schmooze and a number of other productions at thecomedychannel for Foxtel, and script editing on the Lindy Chamberlain mini-series, Through My Eyes and the feature Perfect Victim.
Peter has taught at a number of universities in screen business, creative industries and producing. He is currently Head of Screen Business and Producing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

Pete Monaghan (Head Writer at Word Ninjas)

Pete Monaghan

Head Writer at Word Ninjas

Pete is a South Australian-based writer and comedian. A multi-talented ex-anthropologist, he wrote music for and performed in Rolf de Heer's iconic film 'Bad Boy Bubby'.

Pete is a content creator and scriptwriter for original features, TV concepts, animation, and podcasts. His writing skills also include FM Breakfast Radio, TVC copywriting, solo comedy shows, and more improv songs than you can poke a stick at.

He has exceptional problem-solving abilities, story nous, and high creative output. Pete seamlessly turns his hand to any format or genre/genre-mix and has a direct line to 'left field' which gives his ideas an impish, zany edge.

Pete and Ruth Estelle established Word Ninjas in 2013 and many of their projects are highlighted on their website They have animation and podcast content pushing forward as well as commissioned work with local and interstate producers.

Pieter Aquilia (Head of Screenwriting at AFTRS)

Pieter Aquilia

Head of Screenwriting at AFTRS


Dr. Pieter Aquilia is a scriptwriter, script editor and director, who has combined her creative practice with a career in academia. Formerly an Associate Dean and Associate Arts Professor for NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, she was also Associate Professor and Head of Program at UNSW Asia and University of Newcastle. Pieter completed her Doctor of Creative Arts in Scriptwriting at University of Technology Sydney in 2000. Her research publications cover International Television Drama, the Globalization of Screen Education, Ethnic and Gender Representation on Screen, and the Media in Asia. Dr. Aquilla graduated from the BA Program at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 1988.

Rebecca Summerton (Producer at Closer Productions)

Rebecca Summerton

Producer at Closer Productions


Rebecca is a producer and is co-owner of the award-winning screen production company Closer Productions. Her feature film credits include break out low budget feature 52 TUESDAYS, which won the directing award for World Cinema at Sundance and the Crystal Bear at Berlinale, and feature documentary SAM KLEMKE’S TIME MACHINE which premiered at Sundance and in Official Selection at HotDocs and Rotterdam. Her most recent feature, ANIMALS, is an official Irish/Australian co-production based on the acclaimed novel, which premiered at Sundance 2019.

For television, Rebecca has made numerous documentaries including Dendy Award-winning I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES and 3-part Arts series HANNAH GADSBY’S OZ. Her television drama credits include the 6-part online series F*!#ING ADELAIDE, which premiered at Series Mania and was the most watched ABC iView Original in 2018. She also produced THE HUNTING, a 4 x 1 hour drama series which premiered on SBS Television in August 2019 and was SBS’ most successful commissioned drama ever. Rebecca recently completed AFTERTASTE a new 6 x 30 comedy drama for the ABC which premiered on ABC TV in February 2021. Rebecca also sits on the Board of the South Australian Film Corporation.

Rob Gibson (CEO of Easy Tiger)

Rob Gibson

CEO of Easy Tiger


Rob Gibson is CEO/Producer at Easy Tiger Productions, responsible for driving the strategic direction of the company, and overseeing its diverse development slate alongside Founder/Producer Ian Collie.
He is a dynamic leader with both local and international production and financing experience.
Rob’s trusted experience across the creative, production and deal-making of television, combined with a deep understanding of audience and marketing, give him a sophisticated understanding of the global television landscape. His ability to deliver quality drama is exemplary.
Prior to joining Easy Tiger in 2019, Rob was the Head of Originals at Stan, where he oversaw the commission and production of No Activity, Wolf Creek and Bloom, among others.
Rob previously worked as a film and television producer both in the US and Australia, and was formerly a media and entertainment lawyer, working for Allens Linklaters, Foxtel, Festival Records and Fairfax Media.

Ruth Estelle (Screenwriter and Script Consultant at Word Ninjas / Mercury CX)

Ruth Estelle

Screenwriter and Script Consultant at Word Ninjas / Mercury CX


Ruth has been a professional writer in the screen industry for over ten years. She’s worked across a wide range of genres and formats including feature film, television, multi-media projects, podcast and animation. Ruth’s work has been funded by state and national agencies, and she has been commissioned for international projects. Almost all of her original projects have been optioned and had funded development. For the past seven years, Ruth has been writing with Pete Monaghan, in the ‘Word Ninjas’ partnership. They currently have two major feature films in late development and three television series gaining traction in the marketplace. Ruth is keen to share what she has learned about pitching along the way. She reckons if an introvert like her can do it, you can, too!

Rufus Richardson (Documentary Executive at Madman Entertainment)

Rufus Richardson

Documentary Executive at Madman Entertainment


Rufus is responsible for the management of Madman’s documentary VOD platform DocPlay. Rufus has a background in film theory and criticism and has worked as a producer, story consultant, script editor, location scout and assistant director. He spent several years in the Netherlands as a journalist/editor and in communications/PR for the Dutch Film Fund. Prior to Madman, he lived in New Zealand where he worked for the New Zealand Film Commission and Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival. He is a passionate advocate for documentary as a vehicle for social change and social justice and has a particular interest in environmental and music documentaries. Rufus is a graduate of the Australian National University and AFTRS.

Sally Hardy (Freelance playwright / screenwriter & member of AWG National Executive Council at Australian Writers Guild)

Sally Hardy

Freelance playwright / screenwriter & member of AWG National Executive Council at Australian Writers Guild


An AWGIE winning playwright, Sally is also a screenwriter, children’s author and producer, and is a member of the National Executive Council for the Australian Writers Guild. Originally trained as a screenwriter at RMIT, Sally has worked as script consultant and concept developer for SLA Films and KOJO and produced a documentary with Red Wall Films in 2019. In theatre she has worked with such companies as Brink Productions, Slingsby, Patch Theatre, State Theatre Company, ActNow, Ink Pot Arts and the True North Youth Theatre Ensemble. Her plays have been published by Australian Plays Transform (APT) and Trinity College London, and have featured in the DreamBIG Children’s Festival (2019 & 2017), World Festival of Children’s Theatre (Canada, 2016), Come Out Children’s Festival (2015), Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals, as well as featuring on the VCE Playlist (2006). As a Dramaturge she has worked on shows in the Adelaide Festival (2018) and Adelaide Cabaret Festival (2018). In 2016 she won an AWGIE (Youth & Community Theatre) for A Kid Like Me, and in 2014 she won the Trinity College London International Playwriting Award for her play Gone Viral. She has received multiple grants, including from Arts South Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Adelaide Festival Trust, the City of Adelaide Cultural Fund and Mt Barker District Council. Recently Sally was the 2020 Artist in Residence for Slingsby Theatre Company, where she wrote her play Night Light with funding from Arts South Australia. Also in 2020, Sally was a core writer for the State Theatre Company / ActNow digital co-production Decameron 2.0, writing for all 10 episodes. Her work as a teaching artist has seen Sally work with students from preschool age through to elderly citizens and has taken her to Primary Schools, Kindergartens, High Schools, Universities, youth theatre companies and community arts organisations, throughout Adelaide and regional South Australia.

Sam Matthews (Director / Head of Post at Beyond Content)

Sam Matthews

Director / Head of Post at Beyond Content


Sam Matthews is a director who established her career in the film industry in post-production. She is co-owner of creative production agency Beyond Content and works across a variety of projects as a director, editor, colourist and animator.

Projects aiming to increase the diversity of characters on our screens often consult with Sam. These are opportunities for her to raise greater public awareness of queer and transgender identities. In 2017, Sam directed ‘Unboxed’, an award-winning 6-part documentary series about trans artists for the ABC’s Art Bites initiative.

Her recent post credits include My Name is Gulpilil (2021, colourist, dir. Molly Reynolds), The Rover of Tobruk (2021, editor/animator, dir. Stephen de Villiers) Aquaphobe (2020, editor/colourist, dir. Melanie Easton), Yer Old Faither (2020, colourist, dir. Heather Croall), Damage (2020, colourist, dir. Madeleine Blackwell), Getting Their Acts Together (2020, colourist/animator, dir. Richard Jasek) and Lucy & DiC (2019, colourist, dir. Jeremy Kelly-Bakker).

Samantha Laidlaw (Founder/CEO of Femflix Pty Ltd)

Samantha Laidlaw

Founder/CEO of Femflix Pty Ltd


Samantha is the Founder and CEO of Femflix, an SVOD subscription service dedicated to bringing audiences the very best curated content created by women from Australia, New Zealand and around the world. The service is focused on ensuring fair, transparent & accelerated revenue streams for rights holders while aligning with UN Women’s goal to achieve economic empowerment by closing the gender pay gap. Samantha was recently nominated as a Top 3 Finalist for the Women's Agenda Leadership Awards 2021 as an Emerging Entrepreneur.

Prior to launching Femflix in 2020, Samantha worked with Screen Queensland as a Content Director and in 2019 was appointed (Acting) Executive Vice President - Content, responsible for overseeing the management and operations across all funding programs which apply to film, TV, multi-platform and games projects. Samantha has previously worked as a Producer, Creative Executive, and in physical production in the Australian and North American film and television industry.

She produced a feature documentary “Built to Fail” documenting the history of streetwear in America which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. She has produced multiple short films including “The Boggabilla Bus” winning festival awards and securing international distribution through Flickerfest, most recently being screened throughout ASEON (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) within a program initiated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She's previously volunteered as proxy to the Chair of WIFT Australia and was also a member of the steering committee of WIFT Queensland advocating equality for all women in the Screen Industry.

Stephen De Villiers (Managing Director / Creative Director of Beyond Content)

Stephen De Villiers

Managing Director / Creative Director of Beyond Content


Stephen is a producer/director who has made more than 20 narrative films. Throughout his career, he is privileged to have worked with some of South Africa and Australia’s top actors, including Ian Roberts (Tstosi), Sean Cameron Michael (24, Black Sails) and Socrates Otto (Wentworth).

An alumnus of the directing program at AFTRS, his most successful narrative film to date, ‘Super Sounds’, screened at over 50 festivals, winning awards and nominations at many, including San Francisco International FF, Giffoni, Flickerfest, and was selected by Virgin for their in-flight entertainment. His broadcast credits span documentary and drama and he is currently in active development on his first feature, with equity finance secured from the private sector.

In a commercial capacity, Stephen has been directing for all screens full time for 12 years, with his work taking him to over 20 countries on five continents.

He recently directed a half-hour broadcast documentary about the life and legacy of Australian war hero and sporting legend, Bob Quinn and has recently completed his latest short, Butterfly, which he co-directed wth his wife, Chloe Gardner and which is scheduled to premiere at the world's largest Children’s film Festival, Giffoni.

Stephen Murphy (Head of Sound at AFTRS)

Stephen Murphy

Head of Sound at AFTRS


During his childhood Stephen Murphy developed a fascination with film, television and sound that has been with him ever since. On leaving high school he made this his life work, commencing with study at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Entering the industry he first worked on commercials, corporates and short films, and within a few years moved on to telemovies, mini-series and feature films. He has worked on location and in post-production, and has also spent many years teaching and training others. For 16 years Stephen worked for Dolby Laboratories as a sound consultant, and he has taught at TAFE NSW, was Head of Teaching and Post-Production at International Film School Sydney, and Head of Film and Animation at International Screen Academy.

Stephen is currently the President of the Australian Screen Sound Guild, and Head of Sound at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Susannah Emery (Lecturer - Game Design and Digital Media at University of South Australia)

Susannah Emery

Lecturer - Game Design and Digital Media at University of South Australia


Susannah is a Lecturer of Game Design and Digital Media at the University of South Australia. She is currently completing her PhD in game design and her research interests focus on video games and digital media for education and social change. Susannah is involved with several projects in this area, including 'Hannah' - an interactive narrative game that helps family and friends provide support to those experiencing Domestic Violence.

Susannah is committed to promoting diversity in the games industry and is an International Women in Games Ambassador. As an Ambassador she helps to support and encourage women and girls in understanding the games industry and the opportunities there are within it.

Tarni James (Executive Producer, Entertainment.  Drama,  Entertainment, Indigenous. at ABC)

Tarni James

Executive Producer, Entertainment. Drama, Entertainment, Indigenous. at ABC


Tarni is executive producer of entertainment for the ABC, based in Melbourne. She has worked in the industry for many years across most genres and all Australian FTA networks. Entertainment, News, Current Affairs, Documentary, Comedy, Children's, Factual and sport. An advocate for 'not waiting for the doors to open" but finding "a window that might be ajar, " she values creative and innovate approaches.

Todd Abbott (Head of Comedy at Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Todd Abbott

Head of Comedy at Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Todd leads the commissioning and creative execution of the public broadcaster’s narrative and scripted comedy programs across multiple platforms. He has produced landmark television programs including the globally-lauded ABC series Please Like Me with Josh Thomas and the iconic Olympic comedy series The Dream with Roy & H.G. Other career highlights include reimagining Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals for Seven, rebooting Rove for Ten in 2007, and producing Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey for the ABC and the short-lived but fondly remembered Micallef Tonight for Nine. He has produced comedy, entertainment, sport, current affairs and documentary content for the ABC, Seven, Nine, Ten, Foxtel, Stan, Amazon Prime and Pivot, and prior to joining the ABC he was Creative Director at Guesswork Television.

Tanya Phegan (Head of Scripted at Guesswork)

Tanya Phegan

Head of Scripted at Guesswork


Tanya Phegan is an Australian based Film and Television Producer and Senior Media Executive.

Tanya is the Co-Creator and Producer of OPERATION BUFFALO (Porchlight Films, 2020) a six-part drama series for ABC Australia. The series won Best Comedy Award at the Berlin TV Series Festival, 2020.

Tanya worked for over a decade in the UK and US in international development, production and acquisitions. In the UK she held roles at Universal Pictures, BBC Films and DNA Films/Fox Searchlight. She developed projects with the UK's top creative talent, working on films including THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, 28 WEEKS LATER, DREDD, THE HISTORY BOYS, NEVER LET ME GO, SUNSHINE, NOTES ON A SCANDAL, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD and 360°. In the US, Tanya curated 'Your Film Festival' with YouTube/Scott Free with the winner creating a new work produced by Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender.

Tanya is currently the Head of Scripted at Guesswork Television and is responsible for overseeing the development and production of Guesswork’s scripted slate.


Tony Lawrence

Exec Director/COO/Director of Mighty Kingdom / IGEA


Tony is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Mighty Kingdom. With over 50 million downloads, having worked with Sony Pictures, Lego, Dreamworks and Mattel, and listing on the ASX in 2021, Mighty Kingdom is a leading Australian Video Game developer. Tony was previously the General Manager of 2K Australia and worked with his team on Borderlands the Pre-Sequel, BioShock Infinite, BioShock 2, and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, games which have grossed. Tony is a board member of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association, Australia’s game industry member organisation, and a previous President of the Game Developers Association of Australia. Tony holds an MBA (Executive) from the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney (AGSM), and a BA, Television and Sound Production from Charles Sturt University.

Tracey Robertson (Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hoodlum)

Tracey Robertson

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hoodlum


Tracey Robertson is the Chief Executive Officer of Hoodlum, an Emmy® and BAFTA Award winning Entertainment Company. As CEO, Tracey oversees Hoodlum Television, connecting with networks and studios to produce scripted content in Australia, the United States, and the UK.

Hoodlum is currently working with ABC Australia and Margot Robbie's LuckyChap Entertainment to produce SHAKESPEARE NOW, a ten-part series updating the work of Shakespeare using all-female writers and directors. Also announced is feature film NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAIN based on the multi award-winning book from Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani who chronicled his harrowing experiences in the tome No Friend But The Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison.

Hoodlum is currently facilitating the second series of ABC Signature / Amazon series THE WILDS which is currently in production. Past projects include of Seasons 1 and 2 of SECRETS AND LIES, a 10-part series for ABC Network starring Juliette Lewis, based on Hoodlum’s Australian 6-part series and TIDELANDS, an 8-part series for Netflix. Robertson is a member of BAFTA, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). She was recently recognized as an outstanding alumnus and made an Adjunct Professor of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology.

Tracey ` Vieira (Chief Content Officer at Hoodlum)

Tracey ` Vieira

Chief Content Officer at Hoodlum


Tracey is the Chief Content Officer for Emmy® and BAFTA Award winning film and television production company Hoodlum. Hoodlum operates between Australia, the US and the UK, and has a first-look deal with Disney’s ABC Studios. Prior to Hoodlum Tracey was the CEO of Screen Queensland where she led the organisation through significant cultural change and growth from February 2014 to August 2019. Tracey was named in the 2018 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence and is the 2016 Telstra Queensland Businesswoman of the Year. Tracey moved to Los Angeles in 2004 where for the next 10-years she took on senior roles at Ausfilm, the industry-government partnership that connects the international screen industry with Australia's incentives, talent and facilities. Since returning Tracey has launched initiatives for the industry including the first feature film with an SVOD company, a partnership with YouTube, a development partnership with Stan, Australia's first VR series witha broadcaster and led significant cultural change within the organisation. Tracey also introduced the organisations first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan and a Gender
Equity Policy to drive change both behind and in front of the screen.

Virginia Whitwell (Head of Production at Good Things Productions)

Virginia Whitwell

Head of Production at Good Things Productions


Virginia Whitwell is a highly experienced film practitioner and producer with over twenty years in the industry. She is the Head of Production for the newly formed Good Thing Productions after five years as Head of Production at Madman Production Company. She has co-produced and produced many scripted and factual projects including That Sugar Film, Save Your Legs!, A Month Of Sundays, All For One and soon to be released feature documentary 2040 directed by Damon Gameau. Hailing from the UK, she has worked on numerous productions all over the world. Her extensive production experience includes projects for Warner Bros, HBO, Lucasfilm, EON, 20th Century Fox and Universal. Virginia is currently producing The Australian Dream, an Australian-United Kingdom co-production with Passion Pictures directed by Dan Gordon and Below, a scripted feature film directed by Maziar Lahooti starring Anthony LaPaglia and Ryan Corr.


Warren Clarke

Head of Development - Scripted at Fremantle Media Australia


Additional Speakers (Mercury CX)

Additional Speakers

Mercury CX

Additional speakers will participate in a number of the sessions.

All presenters and guest speakers mentioned are currently confirmed, however, due to the nature of the screen industry and Covid restrictions all presenters are subject to change should the need arise. Any changes will be communicated with participants.