Meet the 2022 Advisory Committee

Meet the industry experts and thought leaders helping AIDC develop a conference that addresses international trends and challenges.

2022 Advisory Committee

Tyler Bern
Head of Content, Prime Video Australia, New Zealand and Canada, Amazon (USA)

Tyler Bern is Head of Content for Prime Video Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. He has been at Amazon for 5 years in this role for 3 years and oversees Amazon’s content strategy for Prime Video in ANZ. Prior to Amazon, Tyler was working in Dish Network’s Programming group across a number of verticals including sports and premium content. Tyler has a MBA from Northwestern University and is a native of Chicago, Illinois. Whilst at Amazon Prime Video, Tyler has been instrumental in commissioning fourteen Amazon Original programs in Australia, including The Test: A New Era for Australia’s Team, LOL: Last One Laughing AU with Rebel Wilson, AFL series Making Their Mark, Luxe Listings Sydney, Back to The Rafters, Deadloch, Class of 07, and The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart.

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Alex West
Head of Documentary, Screen Australia (AUS)

Alex West has written, produced and directed over 40 factual and documentary series and specials for many TV networks, including BBC, C4, Five, ABC, SBS, National  Geographic, Discovery and Seven.

He began his career in the USA, while a Fulbright Scholar, before returning to the UK to work with BBC.

As an EP at Wall to Wall Media, he co-created the celebrity genealogy hit global series  ‘Who Do You Think You Are?

In Australia, he’s made many shows and specials including Ned Kelly Uncovered and Utopia Girls which was nominated for the 2013 NSW Premiers award for history. In 2011  Inside the Firestorm, the story of the Black Saturday Victorian bushfires,  won 3 AFI’s as best feature length documentary.

In 2012 Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us,  was nominated for the AACTA/AFI as Best Documentary Series and  the Prime Ministers prize for Australian History. Alex is a three time Logie nominee.

He has recently produced several high profile ABC doco series. The Art of Australia, and Bodyline: The Ultimate Test presented by writer and comedian Adam Zwar. Recent TV series  include ‘Making Australia Great’,  ‘Revolution School’ and ‘Monash & Me’. 

With Nicholas Brown, in 2020  he won the Emmy Award for  best nature film for ‘The Serengeti Rules.

He was appointed Head of Documentary at Screen Australia in July 2021.

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Bernadine Lim
Commissioning Editor Documentaries, SBS (AUS)

Commissioning Editor Documentaries for SBS Australia.

Former Head of Documentary at Screen Australia and Executive Producer of SBS Dateline.

Creative Producer & Director for over 20 years across factual, documentary, entertainment and current affairs.

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Stephen Oliver
Manager Documentaries, ABC (AUS)

An award-winning filmmaker, Stephen has brought program-making and impact campaign expertise to his commissioning role at the ABC with great success. Currently Manager of Documentaries at the ABC, Stephen oversees many of the national broadcaster’s biggest hits, including Big Deal, Cracking COVID, Love on the Spectrum, Reef LIVE, Fight for Planet A, Big Weather, Australia’s Ocean Odyssey, Revelation, Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane, War on Waste and Employable Me.  Stephen is passionate about telling stories with real world impact and has headed up several ground-breaking shows and game-changing impact campaigns around climate and the environment for the ABC. He believes in the power of storytelling to change the world, and is always looking for talent, innovation and boldness to jump off the screen and into people’s homes. Outside of work, he likes tennis, mountain-biking, and dogs. Oh and his kids, he definitely likes them too.

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Mandy Chang
Global Head of Documentaries, Fremantle Media (UK)

Mandy has many years of experience working in the documentary community across genres, roles and platforms as a respected commissioner, exec producer, writer and filmmaker. She is the Global Head of Documentaries at Fremantle, responsible for developing and overseeing a slate of world class international films and high-end series for the global indie – one of the largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted content in the world. Mandy ran the BBC’s pioneering feature doc strand Storyville, commissioning and overseeing acclaimed international feature docs. She brought her own vision to the much-loved strand, curating a slate of the most talked about documentaries onscreen, among them award winning Collective, Welcome to Chechnya, The Mole: Infiltrating North Korea and Locked In: Breaking the Silence. She extended Storyville’s breadth and diversity, while guiding exciting new talent into the industry. Prior to that Mandy was head of ABC Arts.

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Tony Jackson
Executive Producer/Writer/Director, Chemical Media (AUS)

Tony Jackson has spent more than thirty years making television and documentaries, earning his first stripes at the BBC before becoming Head of Television at Lonely Planet and then Executive Producer/Writer/Director at Chemical Media. Tony has worked with international broadcasters and screen funding bodies in North America, Europe, the Middle East, China and Australia. He’s been twice nominated for a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism and is the winner of a Screen Producers Australia Award.

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Pauline Clague
Producer and Founder/Artistic Director, Winda Film Festival (AUS)

Pauline Clague is Associate Professor, Manager of Cultural Resilience Hub, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research at the UTS.  She has been a driving force in the creation and sustainability of the Indigenous voice in Australian screen and television. A Yaegl woman from North Coast NSW she has worked as a storyteller and producer in film and TV for 25 years. She is founder and Artistic Director of Winda Film Festival in Sydney, was a programmer for imagineNATIVE media +arts festival in Toronto and is co-creator of NativeSLAM a 72-hour Indigenous film challenge held at Maoriland Film Festival in Otaki and nativeSLAM the feature. As Associate Professor, Pauline has been an innovator and engaged to lead communities to strengthen their voice through the medium of screen and story.

Pauline also shares her wisdom, industry experience and integrity with emerging creative entrepreneurs through Creative Plus Business. As a NSW Treasury endorsed Creative Specialist, Pauline helps independent filmmakers and other creative people to strengthen their financial sustainability so they can continue to make extraordinary art and stories with empowered, and viable, creative models. She was awarded the Stanley Hawes Award in 2015 for her contribution to Australian documentaries and is the 2020 Natalie Miller Fellow.

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Brendan Dahill
General Manager, EQ Media (AUS)

Brendan is General Manager for EQ Media in Australia and New Zealand having joined them in October 2018.  During that time he has Produced / Executive Produced a range of both Scripted and Unscripted Projects – ranging from Rebecca Gibney’s new drama Under the Vines to Unscripted projects such as the feature documentary on Shane Warne, Going Country an Arts series for the ABC directed by Kriv Stenders, Scott Pape’s Money Movement for Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel and After the Night a true crime series for Stan, Sky and Sundance. 

Previously, Brendan was the Managing Director of Keo Films Australia. During his time Keo produced the award winning hit documentary series War on Waste for the ABC, in addition to a broad range of factual and entertainment programs including River Cottage Australia (for SBS / Lifestyle Channel), Struggle Street for SBS and Bullied for the ABC. 

Before joining Keo, Brendan spent 7 years at the ABC, where he held a number of senior executive roles including the Head of Non-Scripted Production, Head of Network Programming and the ABC1 Channel Controller.  

Brendan has almost 30 years’ experience in the Television industry including Director of Television at BBC Worldwide Australasia, plus roles at the BBC, ITV and UKTV and the Discovery Channel Europe.

Brendan is also a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chairman of his local community Radio station (Triple H 100.1fm).  

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Santilla Chingaipe
Journalist and Independent Filmmaker (AUS)

Santilla Chingaipe is a journalist, filmmaker and author, whose work explores colonialism, slavery, and post-colonial migration in Australia. Chingaipe’s latest documentary, Our African Roots, is streaming on SBS, and is based on her ongoing research on African convicts. She is a regular contributor to The Saturday Paper, and serves as a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations. The recipient of several awards, she was recognised at the United Nations as one of the most influential people of African descent in the world in 2019. Chingaipe is the founder of Behind The Screens, an annual program supported by Film Victoria, aimed at increasing the representation of people historically excluded from the Australian film industry. She is based in Melbourne. 

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Vassiliki Khonsari
Producer/Director and Co-Founder, iNK Stories (USA)

Creative Producer/Director. Vassiliki Khonsari co-founder of iNK Stories, the New York City studio Fast Company calls an “innovation agent”–– known for creating and publishing genre defining, premium narrative games, films and immersive realities.

Alongside Navid Khonsari, who is known for the cinematic look and feel for iconic franchises such as Grand Theft Auto to Resident Evil, Max Payne, Alan Wake–– iNK Stories’ recent genre bending original titles 1979 Revolution, Fire Escape, Hero, Blindfold have garnered the industry’s top honors for converging rich documentary style storytelling with a distinctive artistic vision for worldwide commercial audiences. Notable awards include BAFTA finalist to wins at the Tribeca Film Festival, Lumiere Award, Facebook’s Game of the Year, Finalists for Best Game at Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (DICE), Game Awards, NY Game Critics, Telly Winner. 

Khonsari is a visual anthropologist and her documentary film work has screened at more than 75 film festivals around the world, on Netflix, Sundance Channel, ESPN and in more than seven languages. A PGA Women’s Impact Network’s Culture Shift contributor, Guild Of Future Architects Member, fellow and consultant for Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab, recipient of grant support from The Doris Duke Foundation, MADE IN NY Innovation Grant, French Government and Sundance’s IDP. Contributes to the intersection of social justice, technology and story as a mentor and lecturer in the US and internationally. Some include Phi Centre, UNESCO, Museum of Moving Images, Sheffield, Doha Forumin Qatar, UN, Produced By Conferences, Canadian Embassy in Ukraine, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Northwestern in Qatar, SXSW, FoST, CPH:Labs, Saul Zaentz Innovation Lab, AIDC, Rolling Stone Culture Council.

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