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Location: BEMAC (Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre)

Date and time: Wednesday 22 May, 5pm–7pm

Cost: Free

Please note tickets are limited and registration is essential.

Registrations close: Friday 17 May, 12noon

Screen Queensland presents Meet the Broadcasters with representatives from SBS and NITV joining us in Brisbane on Wednesday 22 May.

The evening will begin with a panel discussion facilitated by Screen Queensland’s Chief Creative Officer Dr Belinda Burns featuring visiting SBS and NITV commissioners sharing insights into what they are looking to add to their slates. A networking session will follow the conversation.

In attendance from SBS and NITV will be:

  • John Godfrey, Head of Commissioning
  • Peter Noble, NITV General Manager
  • Bernadine Lim, SBS Senior Commissioning Editor, Factual
  • Nakul Legha, SBS Commissioning Editor, Scripted.
John Godfrey

As Head of Commissioning at SBS, John Godfrey oversees SBS’s distinctive commissioned content offering across original unscripted and scripted programming.

Prior to his appointment in this role in November 2022, John was Head of Unscripted for SBS overseeing commissioned documentaries, factual entertainment, food and entertainment across SBS channels and platforms. This includes everything from the Eurovision Song ContestMastermind and The Cook Up with Adam Liaw, to the broad range of original SBS standalone documentaries and series including programs like Who Do You Think You Are?, See What You Made Me Do and The Australian Wars. 

He first joined SBS in 2008 and during his time with the network has been responsible for some of SBS’s highest rating and iconic programs, including Go Back to Where You Came From, First Contact, Struggle Street, and Filthy Rich and Homeless.

John has been in Australia since 2003, working in the UK prior to that for 10 years, series/exec producing for Channel 4 and BBC2.

Peter Noble

Peter started his career in the visual arts as an assistant curator before moving into media. Working behind the camera and as an editor, he learned how to produce, write, and direct news, sport and entertainment programs. He was the Director of Brand, Creative & Production at The Walt Disney Company before joining SBS as the General Manager of NITV in 2021. He leads the teams that bring First Nations stories, perspectives, cultures, peoples and matters to life across NITV’s news, sport, entertainment and digital platforms. For Peter, this work has never been so important.

Bernadine Lim

As a member of SBS’s unscripted commissioning team, Bernadine works across SBS’s slate of distinctive commissioned documentaries, championing diverse stories and exploring issues impacting contemporary Australia.

Born in Malaysia, she began her career as a journalist in New Zealand and has over 20 years’ directing and producing experience. She’s created content for public, commercial and subscription networks including SBS, National Geographic, BSkyB, Discovery International, BBC World, TVNZ, TV3, Network 10 and NBC Universal. Her work has received numerous awards including Gold at the New York Festivals Film and TV awards, and a nomination for an Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA) Award for Best Direction in a Documentary.

She was formally the Head of Documentary at Screen Australia where she led the unit providing support through development and production funding across all factual formats including features, television, online and XR.

She re-joined SBS in 2021, having previously spent five years as Executive Producer of the international current affairs SBS series, Dateline, commissioning close to 100 films which received multiple awards, including a BAFTA.

Nakul Legha

Nakul comes to SBS after over three years as Content Executive at Netflix, where he helped develop and grow Netflix’s local content strategy in Australia and New Zealand.

Nakul was a Creative Executive across Netflix’s pipeline of scripted and unscripted Australian Originals, including Boy Swallows Universe, Wellmania, Surviving Summer, Love is in the Air, Irreverent and ONEFOUR: Against All Odds.

Nakul also led all local film & TV licensing and co-productions for the global platform, which saw Australian content become top 10 hits globally such as Last Stop Larrimah, Run Rabbit Run, The Stranger, Fisk and Superwog. He made an historic co-commission with NITV for Eddie’s Lil’ Homies, an animated series based on children’s books by AFL legend Eddie Betts.

Before Netflix, Nakul was an entertainment lawyer, most recently as Business and Legal Affairs manager at the ABC where he negotiated deals and distribution strategies for its original commissions, acquisitions and talent deals. Nakul’s work also focussed on industry initiatives for emerging and diverse talent, including At Home Alone Together, Fresh Blood and the ABC’s Inclusion & Diversity guidelines for commissioning.

Nakul currently serves on the board of the Griffin Theatre Company, the only theatre company exclusively devoted to the development and staging of new Australian writing. He is a former member of the ABC Advisory Council.