Bernadine Lim, the executive producer of SBS’s Dateline, will join Screen Australia as head of documentary on November 8, succeeding Liz Stevens who departed in August after 10 years as senior manager of documentary.
The Malaysian-born Lim has worked as a reporter, producer and director on a range of formats including current affairs, lifestyle, entertainment, arts, reality and documentary for more than 20 years.
Screen Australia head of content Sally Caplan said: “Bernadine’s industry knowledge and expertise across a myriad of formats and genres makes her the perfect choice for this new role as the head of the Documentary Unit. She is passionate about the power of documentary as a form of storytelling and will be a fantastic asset not just to the agency, but to the sector as a whole.”
Lim, who joined SBS in 2014, initially as the program’s supervising producer, said: “It’s an absolute privilege to help develop and celebrate Australian stories. It’s also a great responsibility. I hope to bring a distinct contribution to the industry through this very special role.”
Before Dateline she was a series producer on Hamish Macdonald’s foreign correspondent show The Truth Is? for Network Ten. Her directing credits include Artemis Media’s Who Do You Think You Are?, Beyond Productions’ Taboo and Northern Pictures’ Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta.
She studied studied media, law and communications at Auckland University of Technology. Her films World’s Most Dangerous Journey and Lost Children of China won several awards including two gold medals at the New York Festival’s Film and TV awards.