Would you like to meet with the key decision makers from some of Australia’s top broadcasters?

Screenworks is bringing the commissioning editors and heads of department from some of Australia’s leading networks to the region to talk about what they are commissioning and how to pitch to them.

Guest speakers include Jim Buchan General Manager Factual Entertainment Foxtel, Penny Win Head of Drama Foxtel, Rick Maier Head of Drama Network 10 and Matt Scully Commissioning Editor ABC Factual.

The one day seminar will include;

  • a presentation from each of the guest speakers on their channel brand, programming requirements and audience demographics
  • round table break away discussions with each guest speaker talking in more detail to smaller groups.  Participants will have the opportunity to give a one line pitch or to ask content specific questions
  • a panel discussion on how to pitch to the networks

If you want to create content for Australian television, come to Screenworks Meet the Networks to find out what the networks are looking for.

Meet the Networks
9.30 am  – 3.30 pm, Friday 27 Feb 2015
Byron Regional Sports and Cultural Complex
249 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay

Tickets $80 / $35 Screenworks members (plus booking fee) available on line click here


Networking with the Networks

Following the Meet the Networks seminar, Screenworks members are invited to a networking event where they can mix with other Screenworks members and the visiting guest speakers in a casual, social atmosphere.

Finger food provided, drinks for sale from the bar.

Networking with the Networks
4pm – 6pm, Friday 27 Feb 2015
The Eatery on Jonson
18 Jonson St, Byron Bay

A Screenworks members only event

Tickets $10 (plus booking fee) available online click here


Guest Speakers

Head of Drama NETWORK TENRick Maier is Head of Drama NETWORK TEN

Rick Maier spent over 20 years writing, script editing and consulting on adult and children’s series before taking up a position at TEN firstly as Executive Producer in Development and Drama, and then more recently as Head of Drama. Rick’s writing credits include The Young Doctors, E-Street, Prisoner, Bellamy, Big Sky, Carson’s Law, The Restless Years, Neighbours, Mission:Impossible, Murder Call, Cody, G.P, Snowy River, Pirates Island, Fallen Angels, Prime Time, Secret Valley, Sweat and Police Rescue.  

As Head of Drama he has been responsible for Rush, A Model Daughter, Offspring, Neighbours, Hawke, Bikie Wars, Brothers In Arms, Puberty Blues, Underground: The Julian Assange Story, Reef Doctors, Mr & Mrs Murder, Wonderland, Secrets & Lies and Party Tricks. He is also the Network EP for Masterchef Australia. 

JimbuchanJim Buchan is General Manager Factual – FOXTEL

Responsible for brand strategy, marketing, programming, promotion, content acquisitions and local commissions.

The Foxtel Network Australia brands include Bio, Crime & Investigation Network, History as well as A&E Australia showcasing the best ‘real life’, ‘risk vs. reward’ character driven content available on Australian TV.

Penny Win, Head of Drama FOXTEL

Penny Win is Head of Drama – FOXTEL

Penny has worked in the media industry since 1987, when she started her career in Radio in New Zealand. Penny has worked in television in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong throughout her 26 years in the industry, and is experienced in both Free to Air and Pay TV.

Penny came to Foxtel in 1996 after working at Star TV in Hong Kong and has managed the running of Foxtel’s drama channels since 2007. Penny has been involved in the commissioning of drama for the past four years and worked on the commissioning of Spirited, Wentworth, Devil’s Playground, Deadline Gallipoli and The Kettering Incident for the Foxtel network.

 Matt Scully is Commissioning Editor ABC FactualMatt ScullyB&W

Matt Scully joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2009 as series producer of the flagship science program Catalyst.  In 2013, he moved into the role of Commissioning Editor Factual.

Matt began in corporate communications, cutting his teeth as camera operator, editor, writer and director before joining Film Australia where he spent six years as a producer/director in Sydney and Canberra.  Following a long stint as series producer of Better Homes and Gardens for the Seven Network he produced a variety of reality, entertainment, ob doc and art programs for subscription and free to air broadcasters.  His commissions in 2014 included the critically acclaimed Changing Minds which screened during ABC’s Mental As week, and Dead Drunk: Lights Out in the Cross.

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