Marissa McDowell (Australia)
Head of Commissions

Marissa is a Wiradjuri woman who has 15 years experience working in the First Nation multi-media storytelling space.

Marissa is currently employed by SBS as the Head of Commissions for NITV. Throughout her career, Marissa has worked with First Nation communities telling their stories.  She is the Chair for Us Mob Writers, on the Gender Matters Taskforce and a member of the Minister’s Creative Council. She has a Master of Arts Screen Business and Leadership from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) a Bachelor of Arts Honours from the University of Canberra (UC) and Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage at Charles Sturt University.

Company Bio

At NITV Commissions our ambition is to support high impact First Nations stories that kick start national conversations. NITV facilitates First Nations voices by providing strong editorial leadership for filmmakers. Our Commissions Team draws on best practice approaches to First Nations authentic storytelling and is recognised for creative excellence and innovation. NITV has built a prestigious pipeline of content with Australian and International partners and talent that garner acclaim, awards and commercial success. We look to commission world-class Indigenous Australian stories that are Blak, broad & entertaining with a focus on factual, unscripted, and children’s series.