SBS’s National Indigenous Television (NITV) has appointed Screen Australia’s Investment Development Manager Mary-Ellen Mullane as its new Senior Commissioning Editor.

With extensive experience in the Australian production sector, Mary-Ellen has led commissioning across a range of content, including documentary, drama and digital.

Working both independently and alongside Screen Australia’s Indigenous Unit, Mary-Ellen has personally ensured a flow of commissioned content that reflects Australia's rich and diverse Indigenous community. Collaborating with Indigenous content producers, she has positioned Indigenous storytelling as central to the shared Australian story, paving the way for numerous commissions, including The Tall Man, Croker Island Exodus and Black Panther Woman.

Tanya Denning-Orman, NITV Channel Manager, said: “Mary-Ellen’s extensive expertise in the Australian production sector will be invaluable to NITV’s future direction. Her previous experience and understanding of working collaboratively with Indigenous producers compliments the NITV strategy and will help grow the storytelling of Australia’s First Peoples. I very much look forward to welcoming Mary-Ellen to the team.”

Mary-Ellen Mullane added: “To have the opportunity to work for the National Indigenous broadcaster in its significant role in reflecting and defining Australian Indigenous culture through the powerful medium of television, is an amazing honour and privilege.”

With in-depth knowledge of Screen Australia’s television, online and film financing, the independent Indigenous production sector and delivery of award-winning television content, Mary-Ellen will brings a range of skills, knowledge and expertise to the overall channel.

Mary-Ellen will commence her position at NITV on 17 March following the departure of Pauline Clague. Mark Ella continues to oversee Internal Productions and Sport.