Former Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh has been appointed the new chairman of Bus Stop Films, a not-for-profit which provides a film studies program and filmmaking opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
Bus Stop Films CEO Genevieve Clay-Smith said: “We are thrilled to have Peter on board as our chairman. Bus Stop Films is brimming with passionate creative people, who recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion and have delivered our amazing work for close to ten years. To have someone of Peter’s calibre lead the organisation into its next chapter not only strengthens our core but reflects our position as an industry leader in inclusive filmmaking. We can’t wait to see how the organisation will evolve under his direction.”
Tonagh joins Bus Stop Films – which has previously won an Australian Human Rights Award for its work – after a series of milestones for the organisation including presenting to the team at Walt Disney Animation Studios and delivering the closing keynote address on inclusive filmmaking at TIFF Kids.
He said: “I have followed the wonderful work of Genevieve and the team at Bus Stop Films for some time. Their unique programs and award winning content are groundbreaking, and are paving the way for a more diverse, inclusive and dynamic screen industry not only locally but throughout the world. I am honoured to be taking up the role of chairman and look forward to working with Genevieve to ensure Bus Stop Film’s ongoing success.”
Tonagh announced his departure from Foxtel in January, ahead of the merger of the company with Fox Sports.