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Ryan Jefferies (AUS) Head of Programs
Science Gallery Melbourne
Andrew Arbuthnot (AUS) Investment Manager
Jonny Brownbill (AUS) Manager, Digital Products & Development
Drew Ambrose (MAL) Senior Producer
Al Jazeera English
Al Jazeera is a global current affairs channel.
Jo Dillon (AUS) EVP - Content
Jo is passionate about working with diverse and talented storytellers to create screen stories that attract cast, finance and audiences.
Jocelyn Little (AUS/SGP) Executive Producer
Beach House Pictures
Jocelyn Little is one of the founding partners of Singapore-based production company Beach House Pictures.
Axel Arnö (SWE) Commissioning Editor
At SVT’s documentary department Axel deals with international current affairs, special series and creative documentaries.
Joanne Azzopardi (AUS) SVP Sales & Acquisitions
Beyond is a global distribution company.
Nik Bars (UK/USA) Manager, Non-Scripted Television & Feature Film Acquisitions
Kew Media Group
Nik acquires documentary and factual content for Kew Media Group.
Kazz Basma (UK/SPA) Head of Sales and Acquisitions
Sideways distributes internationally across all media and formats.
Kylie Boltin (AUS) Commissioning Editor Online Documentaries
Kylie Boltin is a Walkley Award-winning producer and journalist, and currently the commissioning editor of online documentaries for SBS.
Laurrie Brannigan-Onato (AUS) Development & Investment Manager
Laurrie Brannigan-Onato is a mixed race, Asian-Australian-First Nation (Darumbal/Bundjalung) emerging producer who was born and raised in Sydney’s Greater West suburbs.
Ben Braun (USA) Director of Sales and Distribution
Submarine is a hybrid sales, production and distribution company.
James Bridges (SNG) Co-Founder and CEO
iwonder is the new Singapore-based documentary and current affairs subscription streaming service.
Richard Buckham (AUS) Manager, Arts
As Manager of Arts, Richard oversees TV, Radio and Online Arts content.
Rudy Buttignol (CAN) President & CEO
British Columbia's Knowledge Network
Rudy Buttignol is the President and CEO of British Columbia’s Knowledge Network Corporation.
Darren Chau (AUS) Head of Factual Brands | ANZ & Pacific Islands
Darren manages Discovery’s suite of Factual Entertainment channels across ANZ and Pacific Islands including Discovery, Turbo, Animal Planet and Science.
Jo Chichester (AUS) Manager, Regional & Local
Jo is currently Manager, Regional & Local, overseeing a slate of internal programs and with responsibility for developing new programs for TV and digital platforms across the ABC.
Al Cossar (AUS) Artistic Director
Al Cossar is the Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival, where he has previously held roles of Programmer, Acting Artistic Director, and Associate Artistic Director.
Jessica Douglas-Henry (AUS) Series Producer - Compass
Compass is the ABC’s flagship program for religion, ethics and social values.
Cieron Cody (AUS) Commissioning Editor
NITV - National Indigenous Television
Cieron commissions for NITV across documentaries, features, children's content, broadcast drama, innovation, and VR.
Kalita Corrigan (AUS) Executive Producer, Arts
Kalita is an Executive Producer at ABC Arts, and commissions arts documentaries for ABC TV.
Miranda Culley (AUS) Executive Producer, Arts
Miranda has over 25 years industry experience working in both private and government sectors across all phases of production.
Jeanie Davison (AUS) Investment / Development Manager, Documentary
Jeanie manages the Documentary Development slate at Screen Australia, as well as overseeing initiatives including the ABC “Art Bites” series and DOCULAB, a project incubator initiative with the South Australian Film Corporation.
Ali Delici (FRA) Deputy Director, Arts Department
Ali is the Deputy Head of ARTE France's Arts division.
Kirsty Divehall (AUS) Content Acquisitions Manager
ABC Commercial represents both ABC-originating and independent content across factual, lifestyle, comedy, drama, children’s and arts genres.
Kath Earle (AUS) Head of Regional, Local, Sport & Events
Kath is responsible for ABC’s Regional and Local screen output including documentaries, returning series and events.
Nick Evershed (Australia) Data and interactives editor
Leo Faber (AUS) Executive Producer, Factual
Leo works as an Executive Producer in the Factual department at the ABC and is currently overseeing the production and delivery of over fifty hours of original programming across five separate commissions.
Dave Fanner (AUS) Head of multimedia
The Guardian | Australia
David Fanner is the Head of Multimedia at Guardian Australia.
Jess Fuselier (USA) Manager, Education & Research, Creative Distribution Initiative
Jess Fuselier is a community outreach, marketing and data specialist at the Sundance Institute, living in Los Angeles, California.
Fiona Gilroy (AUS) Content Sales & Acquisitions Director
Fiona has nearly 30 years experience working with independent producers to maximise commercial opportunities for their content and explore new business models.
John Godfrey (AUS) Head of Unscripted
As Head of Unscripted, John oversees the documentary, factual entertainment, and food and entertainment slates at SBS.
Richard Greenhalgh (AUS) Digital Content and Distribution Lead, Digital Life
Richard is the Digital Content and Distribution Lead at Museums Victoria where he specialises in the creation of digital stories in their many and varied iterations, using emerging digital technologies to broaden the scope of how those stories are told and published.
Julie Hanna (AUS) Commissioning Editor, Factual
Julie is a looking for National Conversation docs and local formats that play with form.
Nic Hopkins (Aus) News Lab Lead - Australia & New Zealand
Google News Initiative
Richard Huddleston (AUS) Manager of Development and Partnerships
In 2017 Richard oversaw 30 hours of content at the ABC.
Yoshihiko Ichiya (JPN) Senior Producer, Commissioning Editor, World Documentary
Yoshihiko develops, commissions and co-produces more than 100 titles a year.
Susie Jones (AUS) Commissioning Editor, Documentaries
Susie Jones joined SBS as Commissioning Editor of documentaries within the television and online content division in 2016.
Aidan Laverty (AUS) Manager, Science
Aidan Laverty is the manager of the newly-created Science genre at the ABC – leading a single creative team across tv, radio and digital.
Alex Lee (NZ) Director
Documentary NZ Trust
Alex is co-founder and director of Doc Edge NZ.
Mat Levy (USA) Head of Acquisitions
Passion River Films
Passion River Films is a film distributor specialising in films that engage with audiences and impact communities.
Bernadine Lim (AUS) Head of Documentary
With more than 20 years’ experience Bernadine is both a content creative and executive, appointed Head of Documentary at Screen Australia in 2018.
Erkko Lyytinen (FIN) Commissioning Editor
Erkko Lyytinen is a commissioning editor for Finnish public broadcaster YLE, focusing on co-productions of creative documentaries.
Evan Maloney (AUS) Development Manager
Screen Tasmania invests in film, television and online content in a wide variety of genres and formats.
Josie Mason-Campbell (AUS) Head of Factual and Entertainment
Josie leads a fantastic team across Factual and Entertainment at the ABC.
Josh Martin (AUS) Commissioning Editor, Entertainment and Food
Josh oversees food, entertainment, and factual entertainment slates at SBS.
Kelrick Martin (AUS) Head, Indigenous
Kelrick currently oversees the Indigenous department at the ABC.
Joseph Maxwell (AUS) Head of Documentaries
Joseph has developed, directed and produced high end, prime-time documentaries for most of the major broadcasters in Britain and America.
Tom McDonald (UK) Head of Commissioning, Natural History & Specialist Factual
Tom's team commissions over 250 hours of programming a year in Natural History, Science, History & Religion.
Stuart Moulds (AUS) Creative Director
Stuart is overseeing the creative direction of Madman's three specialist niche VOD platforms - including DocPlay.
Philippe Muller (FRA) Commissioning Editor
Philippe is a THEMA Commissioning Editor at ARTE G.E.I.E. in Strasbourg.
Annie Murray (NZ) Manager Local Content - Entertainment
Sky TV New Zealand
Annie commissions across the spectrum from blue chip factual to children's programmes.
Ben Naparstek (AUS) Director, Audible Originals
Ben oversees original documentaries, dramas, and series for Audible.
Theresa Navarro (USA) Vice President, External Affairs
American Documentary | POV
Theresa Navarro is an Independent Spirit Award-nominated producer and the Vice President of External Affairs at American Documentary, the producer of POV on PBS.
Natasha Negrea (AUS) Executive Producer, Regional and Local
ABC Regional and Local department seeks to champion Australian stories and experiences, and provide a uniquely local perspective.
Jenny Neighbour (AUS) Documentary Programmer & Program Manager
Sydney Film Festival
Jenny is responsible for programming documentaries and short films, and is the lead on the First Nations program at the Sydney Film Festival.
Victoria Noble (UK) Senior Director & Executive Producer
Victoria Noble is Senior Director and Executive Producer of Production and Development, Factual, for Discovery.
Stephen Oliver (AUS) Commissioning Editor, Factual
Stephen is part of the factual commissioning team at the ABC.
Alyssa Orvis (AUS) Investment / Development Manager, Documentary
Alyssa manages the documentary development slate including Pitch Australiana with VICE and Art Bites with the ABC.
Brigid O'Shea (GER) Head of DOK Industry
Brigid organises documentary markets for interactive works and films at various stages.
Caroline Pitcher (AUS) CEO
Film Victoria is the State Government agency that provides strategic leadership and assistance to the film, television and digital media sectors of Victoria.
Benedict Reid (NZ) Associate Head of Funding (Business Affairs)
NZ on Air
Benedict is the Associate Head of Funding at NZ on Air.
Hayley Reynolds (UK) Assistant Commissioner, Storyville
Storyville is the BBC’s flagship international feature doc strand.
Rufus Richardson (NZ) Industry Manager
Documentary NZ Trust
Rufus is responsible for organising Doc Edge's annual documentary industry conference and pitching forum.
Madeline Robert (CHE) Festival Programmer & Artistic Advisor
Visions du Réel
Visions du Réel is an international film festival in Switzerland dedicated to documentaries.
Katy Roberts (AUS) Head of Video
As Head of Video, Katy oversees documentary production, including the Australiana series, at VICE AU/NZ
Cathy Rodda (AUS) Manager, Production Investment
Film Victoria is a state government agency.
Margaret Ross (AUS) Executive Producer, Indigenous
Margaret is an EP at ABC's Indigenous department.
Nicky Ruscoe (AUS) Development Producer
Nicky is responsible for managing and assessing new proposals and identifying and developing innovative content for broadcast and online at ABC Factual.
Astrid Scott (AUS) Senior Producer / Strategist ABC Education
Astrid has worked across different areas of the ABC as a digital content producer specializing in emerging platforms, including most recently for ABC Research and Development.
Adrian Swift (AUS) Head of Content, Production & Development
Adrian is the Nine Network’s Head of Content Production & Development working across traditional broadcast and digital.
Stephanie Sun (CHN) Copyright Partnership Manager
Tencent Video is a leading online video interactive platform in China.
Ranell Shubert (USA) Education Programs Manager
International Documentary Association (IDA)
Ranell provides essential programming and operational support for IDA’s educational and conference programming.
Ania Trzebiatowska (AUT/USA) Sales and Acquisitions Executive
Ania Trzebiatowska is Autlook’s Sales and Acquisitions Executive for North America and ANZ.
Judith Whelan (AUS) Acting Director Regional and Local
ABC Regional and Local produces content for all of the ABC’s platforms to connect with local communities through storytelling, events and conversations.
Elliott Whitton (USA) Head of Development
Elliott Whitton works with the Cinereach productions team and filmmakers to develop content for the organisation to support, finance and produce.
Malinda Wink (AUS) Executive Director
Shark Island Institute
Malinda Wink is Executive Director of Shark Island Institute and Good Pitch Australia.
Mark Woods (AUS) Executive Producer
MIFF Premiere Fund
Mark Woods is the MIFF Industry Director and Executive Producer of its Premiere Fund.