Date: Wednesday 21 Sept 9:30am – 3:00pm
Newrybar Hall
13/15 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar
Ticket price: $80 / $35 Screenworks members

Meet SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald and ABC Director of Television, Richard Finlayson and find out about their content priorities, commissioning processes and potential opportunities.

The guest speakers will each give a 30 – 40 minute presentation and participate in a Q & A sessions. There will be some opportunity for round table discussions and pitching.

Marshall will be discussing SBS Scripted and Unscripted commissioning rationales, programming decisions, and providing sneak peeks of unreleased, upcoming content.

Richard will give a break down of ABCs channels and their audiences, the type of content the ABC is looking to commission, the commissioning process and how independent content creators and producers work with the ABC.

Event program:

9:30am – 11:00am  SBS
11:00am – 11:30am  Networking Break
11:30am – 12:30pm  Pitching and round tables
12:30pm – 1:15pm  Networking Lunch
1:15pm – 2:30pm  ABC
2:30pm – 3:30pm  How to pitch to the ABC


Marshall-Heald-SBS-webMarshall Heald

Director TV and Online Content SBS

Marshall was appointed Director TV and Online Content in January 2015. Prior to this appointment Marshall was the Chief Digital Officer, with a broad remit to help drive the adoption of digital technologies and innovation across SBS in a rapidly changing broadcast sector.

Marshall first joined SBS in 2007 as Manager, Digital Media with overall responsibility for SBS’s online presence.

Prior to joining SBS, Marshall’s varied career has included working as a litigation lawyer in NZ; heading up Telstra’s digital music and movie businesses and working as Creative Director of Noise, a media based festival to showcase the creative works of young Australians.

With a background as Australia’s multicultural broadcaster, SBS holds a unique place in the Australian media landscape. As described in the SBS Charter, SBS’s principal function is to provide multilingual, multicultural and Indigenous radio, television and digital media services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians, reflecting Australia’s diverse society. SBS inspires all Australians to explore, appreciate and celebrate our diverse world.

Richards prefABC RFcropRichard Finlayson

Director of Television ABC

Richard Finlayson joined the ABC as Director of Television in 2013. He has worked in media since 1985, beginning his career as a print journalist in regional NSW. He has built and sold his own successful media and television production business, and worked for some years in subscription television. In 2009, he became Chief Operating Officer at the SBS. In his time at SBS Richard significantly increased commercial revenue, led its growing subscription television business, and spearheaded the network’s expansion onto emerging digital platforms.

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