Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee Members

The AIDC Advisory Committee comprises an array of experienced professionals from across the documentary, factual and unscripted screen content sectors, and assists AIDC in developing a focussed, relevant and timely conference addressing international trends and challenges.

CO-CHAIR

Denise Eriksen, MC of TV Talks for AFTRS, Former Head of Factual and Head of Current Affairs at the ABC; Former Head of Production and Development at SBS

Denise Eriksen has been Head of Factual and Head of Current Affairs at the ABC, Head of Production and Development at SBS, and made programmes for Seven, Nine, Ten and Foxtel over her lengthy career – which also took her to the UK for many years. She has trained TV professionals in many genres in Australia and around the world, and is the MC of TV Talks for AFTRS in Sydney. She recently revived her original career as a journalist, contributing to The New Daily and as a panellist for Radio National’s TV Club, among other outlets.

CO-CHAIR

Dr. Cathy Henkel, Director, WA Screen Academy

Dr. Cathy Henkel is Director of the WA Screen Academy at Edith Cowan University. She has worked as a documentary producer/director and writer for 26 years and founded boutique screen industries company Virgo Productions. Her credits include The Burning Season (IF Award Best Documentary, Emmy nomination 2008), I told you I was ill: Spike Milligan, and The Man who Stole my Mother’s Face (IF Award, Tribeca Film Festival Best Feature Documentary Award 2004).Her most recent credits are Show Me the Magic and Rise of the Eco-Warriors. Her many awards include SPA Documentary Producer of the Year (2009), an ACS Award, and numerous AFI and ATOM nominations and awards.

Malinda Wink, Director Policy & Impact, Shark Island Productions; Executive Director, Good Pitch² Australia

Malinda Wink is Executive Director of Good Pitch Australia and Director, Policy & Impact at Shark Island Institute. Her professional experience spans senior roles within the corporate, political, philanthropic and NGO sectors. She has served on a number of advisory boards, including the Social Enterprise World Forum (2010), was a Mentor for the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Pitch Workshops (2015 & 2016), and now serves on the boards of The Caledonia Foundation and Australian Progress.

Gin Kai Chan, Co-founder & Chair, Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA); CEO, Silver Media Group Singapore

Gin Kai Chan is the co-founder and president of the Southeast Asia Audio-Visual Association, an alliance of producers that seeks to facilitate greater exchanges and collaborations around the region. He has created and produced several award winning feature film and television programs for worldwide audiences. A specialist in structuring international collaborations, he has spearheaded co-productions with several countries in Asia, Europe and North America.

Heather Croall, Director & CEO, Adelaide Fringe; former Director of Sheffield Doc Fest

Heather Croall is an experienced CEO, festival director and award winning documentary producer. As director at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Heather grew the festival into one of the most important documentary festivals in the world. She designed and founded the Meetmarket, which is now recognised as a one of the world’s leading documentary markets. She produced 10 music/archive feature documentaries for the BBC and documentaries for SBS and the ABC, before founding Crossover Labs and producing numerous interactive projects. 
Heather was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2014. She regularly attends festivals and conferences around the world and is often invited as a speaker and jury member.

Jim Buchan, General Manager Factual Channels, Foxtel

Jim Buchan is responsible for brand strategy, marketing, programming, promotion, content acquisitions and local production commissions for Foxtel Networks Australia’s factual channels group. He started his television career in programming at the beginning of subscription television in Australia with the pre-launch of Optus Vision group in 1995. In 1996 he moved to Network Ten for four years, working across programming, research and regional content sales before joining Foxtel in 2001 as Program Manager for the History Channel. He launched the Biography Channel in 2004, the Crime & Investigation Network (CI) in 2005, and A&E Australia in 2012.

Tanya Orman, Channel Manager, NITV

Tanya Orman (nee Denning), a proud Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman from Queensland, has led NITV as Channel Manager since its merger with SBS in 2012. With over a decade of media experience, Tanya has previously held positions as a Journalist and Producer for ABC and SBS and a number of different roles at NITV since 2007. In her current position Tanya directs the overall management and programming of NITV.

Peter Hamilton (US), Industry Consultant; Editor & Publisher, DocumentaryTelevision.com

Peter Hamilton is a senior consultant specialising in business development for the unscripted video industry. His clients have included CBS, Global Canal+, A+E Networks, National Geographic Channels, BBC, Vulcan Foundation and Singapore’s MDA. He has planned and helped launch dozens of channels worldwide, notably Discovery International. He is also the founder, editor and publisher of Documentary-Television.com, which provides weekly insider analysis and context to over 20,000 executives and producers.

Jenny O’Shea, Head of Production Operations & Business, Beyond Productions

Jenny O’Shea is Head of Production Operations and Business at Beyond Productions, and oversees the business and operational aspects of domestic and US-based production across Beyond’s production divisions. In the last financial year she managed 180 hours of production in genres including children’s animation, factual entertainment, documentary, and drama, for broadcast platforms including Netflix, Fox, Hearst Verizon Digital, Discovery Science, Investigation Discovery, HGTV, Spike, the Nine Network, the Seven Network and ABC.

Dan Fill, Co-founder of Chocolate Liberation Front; Former Head of Multi-platform for ABC TV

Dan Fill is the co-founder of Chocolate Liberation Front, an entertainment company focused on high quality and innovative animated projects, simulations, and documentaries. He is a BAFTA-nominated and AACTA Award-winning producer, and he and partner Frank Verheggen have also produced a number of critically acclaimed interactive documentaries - including Convenient Education and Kim John Il's North Korean Cinema Experience. Dan was the former Head of Multi-platform for ABC TV, where he was one of the innovators who commissioned and launched ABC iView.

Josie Mason-Campbell, Head of Non-Scripted Production, ABC 

Josie Mason-Campbell joined Foxtel in 2013 and was responsible for overseeing the editorial and creative output of over 30 local productions across the Factual, Lifestyle and General Entertainment genres. These include such series as Australia’s Next Top Model S10 and The Real Housewives of Melbourne S3, The Recruit S2, Crimes That Shook Australia S2, Grand Designs Australia S6 and River Cottage Australia S4. Prior to this, Josie was a Freelance Producer and then Executive Producer. Her career in TV began when she directed her own documentary for ABC, The Dalton Sisters, and over the years she has produced shows for Networks Seven, Nine, Ten, ABC, SBS and Foxtel.

Brendan Dahill, Managing Director, Keo Films

Brendan Dahill has worked in television for over 25 years spanning the UK, Australian and New Zealand markets. He is currently the Managing Director of Keo Films for Australia producing shows such as the hugely successful River Cottage Australia for Lifestyle Channel, Struggle Street for SBS and Bullied for the ABC. Prior to joining Keo, Brendan worked at the ABC in capacities as Channel Controller, Head of Programming and Head of Non-Scripted Production.

Donovan Chan, Creative Director, Beach House Pictures Singapore

Donovan Chan is a founding partner of Beach House Pictures and spearheads strategy and content development. He also executive produces, writes and directs many of the company’s international productions. Donovan has worked on award winning shows including Lonely Planet Six Degrees for TLC (Best Entertainment & Best Editing – Asian TV Awards) and Megastructures: Singapore’s Vegas for Nat Geo International (Silver World Medal – New York Festivals). He is an expert in science and engineering programs such as Man Made Marvels (Discovery Channel), was an Executive Producer in the Nat Geo International series China From Above, and co-created Hidden Cities for HISTORY. He recently exec produced NYF Culinary Program medal winner Nomad Chef (TLC), and ob doc series All Access Changi for Channel News Asia.

Julia Overton, Producer; Former Investment & Development Manager Screen Australia

Julia Overton’s career spans development and production work in Australia, North America, Europe and the UK, and 10 years working in the development and administration of programme strands at Screen Australia and its legacy agencies. She also has considerable experience in international programming, festivals, sales and events, and in 2012 was awarded the Stanley Hawes Award for her commitment to the documentary industry. She has been on the International board of Hot Docs, AIDC, Input Public Broadcasting, and is currently on the board of Wide Angle Tasmania. She serves as a consultant to Screen NT and is an external assessor for ScreenWest, SNSW and NZFC amongst others.

Adrian Swift, Head of Content Production & Development, Channel 9

Adrian Swift works across traditional broadcast and digital for the Nine Network, commissioning and developing shows that embody Nine’s brand. He has been a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald, a news and current affairs reporter for SBS, and a reporter and producer for Nine’s Wide World of Sports. He secured the rights to the Tour de France for SBS and was founding producer of Nine’s travel series Getaway, for which he launched Australia’s first commercial television website - getaway.com.au - in 1994. He spent 12 years in the UK working for Endemol and Mirror Group Newspapers before starting his own production company, where he made TV for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, and created branded channels Thomas Cook TV and London TV. He has received multiple awards for entrepreneurship, broadcast and digital content, and also sits on the advisory board for SPA.

Sue Spencer, Producer Journalist; Executive Producer Four Corners, The Howard Years & The Killing Season

Sue Spencer has more than 25 years experience as a researcher, producer/director and executive producer at the ABC. She has worked on Four Corners, Lateline, Foreign Correspondent and Australian Story. In 1993 she produced and directed (with Philip Chubb) the award winning series Labor in Power. In 2001 she produced and directed (with Paul Kelly and Deb Masters) the series 100 Years – the Australian Story. Between 2002 and 2005, Sue worked for the United Nations in Cambodia and Vietnam. In October 2007, she returned to the ABC as Executive Producer of Four Corners where the program won four Logies and three Gold Walkley awards. She also executive produced The Howard Years (2008) and The Killing Season (2015) before resigning from the ABC to pursue a freelance career.

Martin Brown, Director of Award Courses, AFTRS

Martin Brown started in commercials and music videos before moving into feature films as an art director, most notably on Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom. He went on to manage several diverse projects for Luhrmann, including William Shakespeare's Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge. He then established Martin Brown Films, served on the advisory panel of Screen Tasmania and is currently Director of Award Courses at the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS).

Phil Craig, Head of Factual, Electric Pictures; former EVP Discovery Networks International

Phil Craig (UK) was the ABC’s Head of Factual between 2012 and 2015, responsible for over a hundred hours of documentary output per year, covering history, science, politics and contemporary life. His career as producer, writer and executive producer includes senior positions at Brook Lapping Productions and Nutopia in London, and at Discovery Networks International.

Kelrick Martin, Head of Indigenous, ABC TV

Kelrick Martin is Head of Indigenous, ABC TV, and was formerly responsible for managing all Indigenous funding programs, initiatives, and projects for ScreenWest. He has more than 20 years media experience within the screen industry including as CEO Spear Point Productions, Commissioning Editor National Indigenous Television (NITV), Producer ABC Television and Producer/Presenter with ABC Radio National. He directed and co-produced the award-winning SBS documentary musical Prison Songs, as well as the documentary series Outside Chance and documentary Yagan