Kyas Sherriff to join NITV as senior commissioning editor
The head of Indigenous at the Australian Film Television and Radio School Kyas Sherriff has been appointed senior commissioning editor at NITV.
She starts in late November, succeeding Mary-Ellen Mullane who joined the ABC as executive producer of children’s content.
“Kyas is widely recognised and respected for her commitment and passion for representation in the screen sector,” said NITV channel manager Tanya Orman.
“She brings an innovative approach, authentic voice and genuine commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples storytelling which connects to the heart of who we are at NITV, and all that we’re trying to achieve as Australia’s dedicated Indigenous broadcaster.”
At AFTRS she launched the institution’s first Indigenous Unit, which led to its largest ever intake and graduation of Indigenous practitioners. Her work there also brought more Indigenous knowledge and talent to the wider screen sector with the establishment of Black Talks.
While at AFTRS she also oversaw the introduction of the school’s first ever Elder in Resident program.
In her previous role as Indigenous investment development manager at Screen Australia her credits include developing NITV’s children’s animated series Little J and Big Cuz and Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country.
Kyas said: “NITV plays such a vital and unique role in the Australian media landscape, giving an authentic voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“I am thrilled to be joining NITV at a time when it’s never been more important for our stories to be shared and reflected with all Australians.”