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You are invited to  MEET THE BROADCASTERS – SBS and NITV

Date: Monday 8 August 2016

Venue: Queensland Multicultural Centre

102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane

3.30 – 5.00pm: Presentation | Q&A

5.00 – 6.00pm: Networking event

RSVP here to attend the presentation and Q&A

Screen Queensland is thrilled to be welcoming SBS and NITV to Queensland.  Join us in welcoming the team including Marshall Heald – Director, Television and Online Content, John Godfrey – Head of Unscripted, Joseph Maxwell – Head of Documentaries, Sue Masters – Head of Scripted, Tanya Denning Orman – Channel Manager, NITV and Mary-Ellen Mullane – Senior Commissioning Editor, NITV.

Please ensure to register your place and secure a seat for this special SQ ‘Meet the Broadcasters’ event.

Expressions of Interest for pitching to SBS and NITV:

As part of the ‘Meet the Broadcasters’ main event, SBS and NITV are offering a unique opportunity for screen practitioners to participate in a speed pitching event with the decision makers from their Scripted and Unscripted teams between 1.00pm and 3.00pm on the day.  Pitch meetings will be 15 minutes each.

Deadline for EOIs: 5.00pm, Monday 1 August 2016

The teams receiving pitches will be:

–        Tanya Denning Orman – Channel Manager, NITV and Mary-Ellen Mullane Senior Commissioning Editor, NITV

–        John Godfrey – Head of Unscripted, SBS Commissioned Content

–        Joseph Maxwell – Head of Documentaries, SBS Commissioned Content

–        Sue Masters – Head of Scripted, SBS Commissioned Content

–        Marshall Heald – Director, Television and Online Content, SBS Content

** Please see the SBS guidelines and details outlined below.


It is essential for all screen practitioners who would like the opportunity to pitch to SBS to register their interest.  Deadline for EOIs: 5.00pm, Monday 1 August 2016.

Please fill in the form found at the below link –


Thank you to everyone who has already lodged their EOI.  We shall contact you shortly.

Everything we commission at SBS must reflect our Charter and explore multicultural Australia. Our Charter makes us distinctive and gives us a clear vision. – SBS

Tanya and Mary-Ellen (NITV Commissioning) are looking for bold, brave storytelling from Indigenous filmmakers and Indigenous production companies.  Tanya and Mary-Ellen are interested in pitches from emerging and established Indigenous filmmakers working in documentary, drama, factual entertainment, online and children’s programming.  More detailed information on NITV commissioning guidelines can be found here:http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2015/06/26/commissioning-guidelines

John (SBS Unscripted) will be taking pitches for hour long documentaries, either as singles or part of a series.  John will also be receiving pitches for high quality, high production value food series’, and factual-entertainment programs.  Please note that SBS Unscripted does not commission natural history, travel or lifestyle programs.  We are committed to two ‘event’ entertainment programs a year – Eurovision and Mardi Gras – and although we will consider ideas, we will rarely commission entertainment programs outside of these. http://www.sbs.com.au/shows/commissionedcontent/about/page/i/3/h/Food/


Joseph (SBS Documentaries) will also be taking pitches for hour long documentaries – singles or series, in the areas of History, Science, Contemporary and Indigenous documentaries.  Again, please be aware that SBS does not commission natural history, travel or lifestyle docs.


Sue (SBS Scripted) will be taking pitches for contemporary dramas that sustain 4 hours of television, and narrative comedy ideas. We encourage ideas that focus on hot button topics that instantly generate water cooler conversation and cross platform opportunities. We do not commission sketch comedy.



Marshall (Content) will be receiving ideas for innovative single-platform ‘web-only’ projects.


If you have any questions, please contact SQ on:

07 3248 0500 | screenqld@screenqld.com.au

Kind regards,

Screen Queensland