About Media RING

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

• Advocacy

 

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.

Click here to join MediaRING

Click here to learn more about Reconciliation Action Plans

Click to here to view NITV’s Indigenous calendar of events

 

MediaRING Manager 

Lowanna Grant 

Lowanna Grant is the NITV Project Coordinator and the newly appointed MediaRING Manager.

Lowanna has worked at NITV for close to 3 years and during this time has worked in various roles across the business, expanding her knowledge and passion within the media industry. These roles have included NITV Junior Commissioning Editor where she Commissioned series 6 of Our Stories, working closely with emerging Indigenous film makers across Australia and building close relationships with them during the production process. Lowanna also worked closely with MediaRING Chair and NITV Channel Manager, Tanya Orman, taking on the role as Tanya’s Executive Assistant.

Currently working as the NITV Project Coordinator, Lowanna works on many of NITV’s priority programming and flagship moments across NITV broadcast and digital platforms such as NAIDOC, NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout, January 26, Little J & Big Cuz and Family Rules just to name a few.

Lowanna also has a keen interest in writing and hosting, having written numerous articles for NITV Online and also getting the opportunity to host several Facebook Lives at community events and screenings throughout the country.

Lowanna is excited to take on her new role as MediaRING Manager, feeling privileged and honored to work within this space to help bring about positive change within the media sector for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

MediaRING Executive Board

Catherine Liddle – MediaRING Chair

 

Catherine Liddle is an Arrernte/Luritja woman from the Central Australia regions. A journalist by trade, she subscribes to the philosophy that to change the story you first have to change the message. Catherine is the CEO of First Nations Media Australia, the peak body for the First Nations media and communications industry. Previously, she has worked across all levels of news and current affairs production and presented news programs for Imparja, NITV and the ABC. Over the past ten years she has worked primarily in managerial roles where she has led multidisciplinary teams, driven workplace transformations and delivered record breaking programs for NITV and the SBS. When working as the Interim General Manager of Indigenous Community Television she also had the opportunity to dabble in drama. A desert girl at heart, Catherine loves a bush track, a tall story and a campfire.

Jo Dillon

Jo Dillon has worked in the development and production of high-quality scripted and unscripted international screen stories for over fourteen years. She was appointed Executive Vice President, Content, at Screen Queensland in 2014 with a remit to lead an eight-person team responsible for investment in talent, high-quality screen stories and businesses and to provide strategic leadership, and creative and operational direction to the organisation to grow a successful screen industry. She is passionate about working with diverse and talented storytellers to create screen stories that attract cast, finance and audiences and has brought commercial and creative know-how to the development of hundreds of projects – most recently in her current role and her previous position as Development Executive at Screen Australia. In the UK, Jo was Head of Development at Emmy-winning production company Yipp Films, responsible for developing factual narratives for network television and establishing the company’s first drama slate. She worked in development for independent feature film producers, notably Ipso Facto Productions, as a script and story consultant working on feature films, shorts and documentaries, and as an assessor for a number of UK investors and screen agencies. Jo is a former UK national newspaper journalist and broadcast commentator.

Tony Briggs

Tony is a theatre & film practitioner (Actor, Writer, Director and Producer) and the creator and writer of the feature film ‘The Sapphires’ which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2012.He received an AACTA award and two AWGIE awards, and the film won 11 of 12 categories at AACTA 2013. He previously wrote ‘The Sapphires’ stage play, which had sell-out seasons at the MTC and Belvoir, winning two Helpmann Awards. Tony is co-originator, executive producerand writer of the eight-part TV series ‘The Warriors’. As an actor of over 20 years, he holds many credits to his name including featured roles in Rake(2018), Cleverman (2015), The Broken Shore (2013), and The Slap (2010). Tony is the Artistic Director of Birrarangga Film Festival, showcasing Indigenous Films from across the globe to Melbourne Audiences biannually.

Patricia Powell-Hughes

Patricia Powell-Hughes is the Founder and Managing Director of EP Australia, the leading executive search and recruitment firm focused on working across content creation and experiences in a digital world.

Patricia has led the team for 19 years and is a highly connected industry powerhouse, responsible for head hunting the best and brightest talents for Australian and international media organisations.
Patricia has developed an extensive understanding of the industry and a far-reaching network. Her deep market insight and razor sharp business acumen combine to consistently deliver career-defining opportunities and innovative solutions for key players in Australia and internationally. With her commercially focused market approach, entrepreneurial spirit and dynamic personality, Patricia is a powerful and influential driving force in the industry.

Patricia is an in-demand organisation design and strategy consultant. She regularly advises top companies as they navigate complex organisational changes such as revitalising team structures, retaining talent and preparation for growth.
Patricia has been an active advocate for increasing and improving indigenous representation in the media sector for many years.

She was responsible for the organisation design and recruitment of the executive leadership team and national staff of the federally funded National Indigenous Television from its pre- start up in 2007 to 2011
She has placed over 60 ATSI people in roles in the media sector. And she continues to mentor several of these people as they navigate their careers.
Patricia joined Media RING in 2009 as an active member and in 2015 served as the inaugural Vice Chair. During this time she was the key driving force in shaping and driving changes ensure to solid platform for the future.

In 2016 Patricia initiated and established the Annual MediaRING breakfast at the Screen Forever conference with 100 guests in attendance, in 2018 the event will host over 800 media industry delegates.

Patricia mentors women in the Australian film & TV industry and is an advocate for gender equality in the sector and wider Australia.

Ian Murray

Ian founded 113 Partners Consulting in 2012. 113 Partners is a strategic advisory firm that that assists businesses in the creative industries to grow, seek investment, and realise their value. They are strategic advisers to Australia’s most cutting edge creative businesses and bring a wealth of insights, access to strategic partnerships, and on the ground experience to their clients.

Ian is an experienced, hands-on media expert who has had senior executive roles in both public and private businesses including COO of the branded content business Brand New Media and COO of the television production company Freehand Productions.

He uses his in-depth commercial experience to assist creative businesses to plan robust and achievable strategies to achieve domestic and international growth, financial stability, sustainable resourcing, and streamlined operations. He has advised many of Australia’s top television production, broadcast, music, design, advertising, media and entertainment companies as well as working directly with several government agencies. Ian sits on numerous advisory boards and has a passion for all things digital.

Aaron Fa’Aoso

 

Aaron is an owner of Lonestar – a production company based in Cairns, Queensland. Since 2006, Aaron has also been active behind the camera writing and directing the short film, SHARP EYE, as part of the SBS Television series BIT OF BLACK BUSINESS. In 2012, Aaron Produced and starred opposite UK actor Brian Cox in the ABC crime drama, THE STRAITS. The series is based on his original idea and Produced by Matchbox Pictures.In 2015-16 Aaron was the Producer attachment with Bunya Productions on GOLDSTONE which won 10 out of 16 nominations at various festivals including Best Film at the Film Critics Circle of Australia awards. Presently, Aaron (through Lonestar) is active across a range of projects. He is the Producer and Writer on BLUE WATER EMPIRE

 

 

Jennie Sager

Jennie Sager is a Media Executive with more than 20 years experience creating and delivering global first campaigns for top tier companies. Throughout her career, Jennie has produced award-winning programs for top television networks, including MTV, Discovery, NBC, ABC, CBS, The Nine Network, and HGTV. She has worked in more than 65 countries and at the world’s biggest events, including Superbowl XLVIII, The Academy Awards, and The Grammys. As the Director of Content Partnerships for Asia Pacific at Twitter, Jennie created Twitter’s global VIP space, the #BlueRoom, a Twitter based TV show “Tweet the Beat”, and spearheaded the world’s first Twitter artist tour. As the Country Manager for community app, Nextdoor, her mission is to strengthen communities across Australia while combatting the nation’s loneliness problem.  Jennie also sits on the Board of Directors of Sydney’s premier entertainment venue, City Recital Hall.

 

 

Jodie Bell

Jodie is a First Nations descendant of Butchella and Jagera people of Southeast Queensland and is CEO and head Producer for Ramu Productions, a community-owned Production company in Broome, WA.  Jodie has produced a number of productions including short films “Telling Our Story”, “In the Air”, the WASA nominated “Maap Mordak”, “Fishing”, “Yulleroo”, “Doug the Human”, “First Time Home”, the Award winning short documentaries “Naji”, “Marrimarrigun” and “Saving Seagrass”, as well as the well-received documentary series, “Characters of Broome” and the “Riiiji Carver” for NITV.   Jodie was Co-producer on the CinefestOZ 2015 film of the year, feature documentary “Putuparri and the Rainmakers” and in 2019 she joined the CinefestoOZ team as the Indigenous film coordinator.  Jodie is currently in various stages of development on a number of projects including a documentary series, a feature film and a television series.

Caroline Pitcher

Caroline Pitcher is the CEO of Film Victoria, the Victorian Government’s screen agency based Melbourne Australia. As CEO, Caroline leads a dedicated team to deliver diverse and innovative programs, services and activities to support and stimulate the feature film, television and games sectors of the Victorian screen industry. Caroline has over 17 years’ experience working in the film and television industry in general management, marketing and business development roles in both the government and private sectors including General Manager of Post Production, Deluxe Australia, CEO at Ausfilm, and General Manager at Film Victoria’s Melbourne Film Office. Caroline is a Board Member of Ausfilm International, the public/private partnership organisation that connects international filmmakers with the Australian screen industry, and served on the Film Victoria Board from 2013 to 2017.

Michael Carrington

 

Michael Carrington is a member of the ABC executive leadership team providing strategic advice and executing the overall ABC cross-platform commissioning and distribution strategies. As Director E&S, Michael manages the ABC’s drama, comedy, Indigenous, children’s, music, entertainment and factual output across its TV and national radio networks, plus digital services such as iview. E&S also includes the specialist genres of arts, science, education, religion & ethics and society & culture.

An accomplished leader in the international media industry, Michael has worked at a senior level across radio, television and online – notching up more than 30 years in his career. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in content development, production, and broadcasting. Michael returned to Australia in 2016 having spent twenty-six years overseas working in various capacities for the BBC, Warner Media, Discovery Channel, Zodiak Studios, and others.

Michael is a regular face at major content markets such as MIPTV and MIPCOM, as well as more intimate events such as Screen Forever, and the AFTRS and SPA sessions.  Michael is a member of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, Royal Television Society, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the International Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Chris Oliver-Taylor

Chris Oliver-Taylor started his career at the BBC in London, before emigrating to Australia in 2000. He worked in various senior production roles at ABC TV before becoming Head of Production in 2005 and then Head of Business & Operations in 2008. In 2011, Chris moved to the independent production sector as Managing Director of Matchbox Pictures. During this period, Matchbox produced a highly acclaimed slate of programming, garnering numerous Australian and international awards. Chris’ Executive Producer credits include THE SLAP (NBC/ABC Australia), THE HEIGHTS (ABC Australia), GLITCH (Netflix/ABC Australia) and WANTED (Netflix/Seven Network Australia). Chris was also the Lead Executive in Australia for CAMP (NBC) and HUNTERS (Syfy). In 2018, Chris was appointed Fremantle’s CEO Asia Pacific. Chris leads Production right across the region with a focus on Australia, New Zealand, India and Indonesia. Chris also holds a position on the Fremantle Global Operating Board. Chris is currently a Board member of Film Victoria, and former Board member and Deputy Chair of Screenrights and President of Screen Producer’s Australia.