New Head of Indigenous at Screen Aus
Penny Smallacombe has stepped into the role of Head of Indigenous at Screen Australia, it was announced today.
Smallacombe succeeds Erica Glynn, who announced her departure earlier this year after 11 years working with Screen Australian and predecessor agency the AFC.
In a statement released to the media, Graeme Mason, CEO of Screen Australia, said, “We are pleased to have Penny take on the position, and have seen her dedication first-hand in making important Indigenous content. We expect her breadth of industry knowledge will make a great contribution to the role and more importantly to making Indigenous stories.
“We are sad to see Erica go. She has played a significant role in bringing some instrumental, and acclaimed, Indigenous stories to life – Toomelah, Coniston, Redfern Now – and in supporting the strong presence of Indigenous practitioners in the sector. We wish her the best in returning to her passion of filmmaking and look forward to seeing her contribution to Indigenous storytelling continue behind the camera.”
Previously Smallacombe was previously working as a Senior Programmer for NTIV, producing series one and two of ABC’s Yarning Up series as well as holding producer or production management roles on films such as Scar, The Forgotten Ones and In a League of their Own. She was also a producer/director for ABC’s Message Stick program.
She commences her role on August 1, 2014.