To lead, inspire and embrace positive change with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the Australian media sector
The MediaRING’s purpose is to develop, provide and enhance career opportunities for Indigenous Australians in the media.
Our aim is to build understanding through sharing knowledge, advocacy, and promoting the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories among our staff, our stakeholders and our audiences.
The MediaRING was formed in 2008 and brings together many of Australia’s major media organisations. It is a volunteer association of industry and screen organisations. It is the first industry group of its kind in Australia.
The group encompasses broadcasters, Government media agencies (both State and Federal), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, trade associations and guilds, media buyers and newspaper/new media groups working together to create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in the media.
In essence the MediaRING is about harnessing the ample goodwill, knowledge and experience in the media industry and turning that into practical measures that can deliver real outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The members achieve this through developing and enhancing career opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, sharing resources and providing leadership.
In 2012 the MediaRING, in partnership with Screen Australia and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations launched the first stage of a two year Indigenous Employment Strategy.
The current priorities are:
• Employment and education
• Raising awareness and sharing knowledge
Each MediaRING member organisation sets individual targets and timeframes which are relevant to their circumstances (employment, training, production of content, talent spotting, etc) reports their achievements in the context of how they are progressing in building overall Indigenous career pathways.
MediaRING encourages members to promote activities and opportunities to their stakeholders as well as to advocate internally, within their organisations, to work towards reconciliation.
We encourage you to participate, share and welcome others to join in on the journey.
Chairperson -Tanya Orman
I’ve been the Channel Manager for Australia’s Indigenous Channel, NITV since it launched proudly part of SBS in 2012. NITV’s launch as a free to air channel is a major milestone achievement for Indigenous broadcasting in Australia and a career highlight for my 20 years in the media industry.
My media career began after completing a Bachelor of Arts in 1997 at Rockhampton, in Central Queensland. I worked as a presenter producer in community radio in Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney before completing an ABC Journalism cadetship that extended my career into online, TV and radio production for ABC and SBS. My work has included producing, directing and reporting for such shows as ABC News and State Line, Living Black, INSIGHT and Message Stick.
In May 2007 I joined National Indigenous Television Ltd (NITV Ltd) as one of its first Commissioning Editors. In this position, I oversaw programs in a variety of genres including children’s programming, music, live sport and entertainment.
In my current position as Channel Manager, I am responsible for NITV’s broadcast operations, programming, production and NITV-produced news and current affairs programs.
Brooke Pettit is Foxtel’s Corporate Responsibility and Community Manager and oversees Foxtel’s Corporate Responsibility programs, which include Foxtel’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), industry engagement strategy and Foxtel’s community investment program.
Prior to moving into the corporate sector Brooke worked in Indigenous affairs and reconciliation for ten years. In her roles at Reconciliation Australia and the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE), Brooke managed communications, marketing and community engagement, oversaw national events and managed relationships with key stakeholders. Before her role at Foxtel, Brooke was a Diversity Program Manager at Lend Lease and worked on Indigenous, disability, LGBTI and gender equality programs.
Brooke represents Foxtel on the Executive Committee of the Media RING, the Business Council of Australia’s Business Indigenous Network and the Australian Charities Fund Employer Leadership Group.
Kelrick Martin has recently moved into the role of Head of Indigenous at ABC TV. Kelrick was the Indigenous Manager at Screenwest and is responsible for managing all Indigenous funding programs, initiatives, and projects. Kelrick has more than 20 years media experience within the screen industry including CEO Spear Point Productions, Commissioning Editor National Indigenous Television (NITV), Producer ABC Television and Producer/Presenter with ABC Radio National. He directed and co-produced the award-winning SBS documentary musical Prison Songs, as well as the documentary series Outside Chance and documentary Yagan.
Kyas is the Head of the Indigenous Unit of the Australian National Film, Television and Radio School. Her role includes championing the growth and development of the Indigenous screen sector through education and industry craft based masterclasses. Kyas regular curates and hosts AFTRS
Black Talk – conversations with leading Indigenous filmmakers & Industry peers. Having worked across feature films, documentaries, TV series and shorts. In her previous role as an integral member of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department, Kyas helped bring popular and critically acclaimed content to international screens, including TV series 8MMM, feature film The Darkside and documentary The Redfern Story. Kyas has worked with some of Australia’s most experienced and renowned Indigenous screen practitioners assisting them in getting their projects from development through to production. Kyas is focused on bringing unique and compelling Indigenous stories to the screen through the next wave of Indigenous filmmakers and broadcasters.
Lesley is a media, entertainment and arts lawyer. She is the General Counsel of SBS, and a member of the senior executive team. In her role she is responsible for all legal requirements of the business, as well as contributing to development of strategy, risk management and regulatory compliance. She has served as the Co-Chair of SBS’s Reconciliation Action Plan Committee since 2011.
Prior to joining SBS, Lesley was a senior lawyer at the ABC. She started her career as an arts and entertainment lawyer specialising in performance, film, music, literature, copyright and intellectual property, defamation and litigation.
Lesley has served as a Director on the Boards of Artspace and the Performance Space. She is currently on the Board of Critical Path, Australia’s leading centre for choreographic research and dance development. She is a member of the Law Council of Australia, Media and Communications Committee: 2005-present.
Penny is a member of the Maramanindji people from the Northern Territory. She has completed a cadetship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and has a Master of Arts (Documentary Producing) degree from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She worked as Producer/Director with the Indigenous Programs Unit in the ABC, and produced the ABC’s highly successful Yarning Up series 1 and 2. Penny was also a part of the Screen Australia Indigenous Department’s Producers Initiative in 2011. She produced a series of shorts called The Forgotten Ones in 2010, directed by prisoners from the Northern Territory and numerous documentaries for the ABC’s Message Stick Program. Most recently she was working as a Senior Programmer for NITV, National Indigenous Television, before beginning her position as Head of the Indigenous Department at Screen Australia.
Tracey Vieira was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Screen Queensland in February 2014, the highlight to date of a stellar career promoting the Australian screen industry in Queensland and the United States.
Tracey graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Education majoring in Film and Media in 1993. She initially worked in events management, including several roles in the Queensland Events Corporation, before securing a position with the Brisbane-based Pacific Film and Television Commission as Executive Manager – Locations and International Production.
Tracey moved to Los Angeles in 2004 where for the next ten years she took on senior roles at Ausfilm, the industry-government partnership that connects the international screen industry with Australia’s screen incentives, talent and facilities.
At Ausfilm and Screen Queensland she has played an integral role in attracting a billion dollars in production investment in Australia, including Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, Legendary Pictures Kong: Skull Island, Columbia’s The Shallows starring Blake Lively, Walden Media’s Nim’s Island, Twentieth Century Fox’s The Wolverine, USA Network’s television mini-series The Starter Wife, and HBO Film’s television series The Pacific. Most recently, she helped to secure Queensland as the location for Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, NBC Universal’s Unbroken, a film directed by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie in addition to Warner Bros. blockbuster San Andreas which also filmed in the State.
Since returning to Queensland Tracey has launched new initiatives for the industry including the first fully funded features program with SVOD company Stan, a creative partnership initiative with YouTube, a business building program Enterprise Queensland and lead significant cultural change within the organisation.
Tracey is the Chair of Australians in Film, a Los Angeles based non-profit and Non-Executive Director of Ausfilm, QMusic, Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board and the RSPCA QLD.