SPA names Screen Forever advisory committees

13 September, 2018 by Staff Writer

Screen Producers Australia has announced the 12 members of the programming advisory committee for the 2018 Screen Forever conference.

The committee reflects the diversity of Australian screen content, ranging from the traditional mediums of film and television to the emerging fields of online, VR and AR.


The body plays a critical role in helping SPA to address the challenges, opportunities and trends that are most relevant to the screen industry today.

The members are:

  • Neil Peplow (Chair), CEO, AFTRS
  • Adrian Swift, Head of Content Production & Development, Nine Network
  • Jo Dillon, Head of Development & Production, Screen QLD
  • Libbie Doherty, Head of Children’s Content, ABC
  • Malinda Wink, Executive Director, Shark Island
  • Marshall Heald, Director TV and Online Content, SBS
  • Mike Cowap, Senior Producer – Scripted & Unscripted, Princess Pictures
  • Nerida Moore, Head of Development, Screen Australia
  • Rebecca Hardman, Head of Legal and Business Affairs (Australia), See-Saw Films
  • Rosie Lourde, Independent Producer
  • Ross Hutchens, Head of Screen Industry Programs, Film Victoria
  • Sophia Zachariou, Create NSW, Director, Screen Investment, Engagement and Attraction
  • Tanya Orman, NITV, Channel Manager and Chair of MediaRING

This year SPA also established a seven-member strategic advisory committee, which met on July 8 to help set the agenda and focus for the conference. Its members are:

• Neil Peplow (Chair), CEO, AFTRS
• Barbara Stephen, Managing Director / Producer, Flying Bark
• Caroline Pitcher, CEO, Film Victoria
• Graeme Mason, CEO, Screen Australia
• Matthew Deaner, CEO, SPA
• Stephen White, Managing Director & Senior VP Client Relations Asia Pacific, CBS
• Tracey Robertson, CEO & Co-Founder, Hoodlum

Screen Forever returns to the Crown Conference Centre Melbourne and runs from November 20-22.

“The fresh structure of the advisory committees this year will provide Screen Producers Australia with innovative advice and dynamic perspectives which will allow Screen Forever 2018 to explore new ideas and tackle emerging and unfamiliar issues in the Australian screen industry,” said SPA CEO Matt Deaner.