A Note from the MediaRING Chair – Tanya Orman
The MediaRING has been busy planning its next connect event, engaging a new manager, growing its membership and undergoing the creation of a new business strategy thanks to funding by Screen Australia.
We look forward to consulting with you in the coming months on the future direction and growth strategy of MediaRING, including defining our membership terms of reference as we move into 2020.
Film Victoria and Screen Forever are once again hosting our 4th annual MediaRING Breakfast in Melbourne as part of Screen Forever on November 13. Make sure you secure your spot as we promise to deliver another great morning of inspirational insights from guest speakers and member networking opportunities. Last year Screen Queensland took out the inaugural MediaRING Award and we will once again announce the 2019 recipient at the breakfast.
I am pleased to announce that we have appointed a MediaRING Manager to support the Board and manage our membership and communication needs.
Lowanna Grant is a proud Wiradjuri and Arrernte woman who was born in Canberra and raised in Sydney.
Welcome to the MediaRING team Lowanna Grant.
Lowanna Grant – MediaRING Manager
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.
Introducing New MediaRING Members
MediaRING would like to take this opportunity to welcome and introduce three new members who have recently joined the RING within the last few weeks.
We are excited to have these organisations on board and warmly welcome them to the MediaRING.
Koori Mail is a national newspaper which is distributed fortnightly, throughout Australia. The Koori Mail gives Indigenous Australians a voice within mainstream media, reporting on issues that matter to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, providing news, views and advertisements that are of interest to the Indigenous community and also non Indigenous Australians. The Koori Mail was establishment in 1991, and since then the newspaper has been 100% Aboriginal owned and all profits go back into the community through scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and sponsorship of community events.
Duff Productions is an independent production company based in Sydney and was created in 2003 by Matthew Duffy. Matthew produces content across various platforms and genres, having produced numerous television advertisements, documentaries and has also produced award winning 3D animations. Duff Productions has recently produced Indigenous projects and is currently developing more. Matthew is interested in promoting Media RING’s goal and is passionate about telling stories; he believes that the best and most successful projects are the result of successful collaborations.
The Post Lounge is an Australian owned post production facility, recognised for its exceptional post production capabilities. Their facilities, located in Queensland and Victoria, boast a range of digital suites with state of the art technology and talented teams of editors, designers, colourists and producers. Their services across both locations range from online and offline editing, motion graphics and design, 2D and 3D animation and sound design and mixing. The Post Lounge has worked across projects for feature films, television series, commercials, corporate videos, animation and reels.
Where to go!
AFTRS have organised their final Black Talk of the year on Wednesday 16th October. Black Talk: Torres Strait Storytelling will give insights into the world of Torres Strait Islander storytelling focusing on content and broadcast creativity, featuring a keynote from Sonia Smallacombe discussing her diverse life experiences leading and representing Indigenous people nationally and internationally, and a conversation with Aaron Fa’aoso and Bernard Namok Jnr. Please see AFTRS website for further details and to RSVP.
What to watch!
2019 has seen many great Indigenous productions hitting our screens. ABC’s new television drama series Total Controlpremiered on Sunday 13th October. The series starring Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths is based around a fearless Indigenous senator who is betrayed and seeks redemption against the party and the Prime Minister of Australia. Make a point to watch The Australian Dream, a feature documentary based around the story of AFL legend Adam Goodes’ life and career, delving into the deeper issue around racism in Australia. Also other upcoming films such as Emu Runner about the impact a mother’s death has on an Indigenous family living in an isolated community. The story is seen through the eyes of a young nine-year old girl dealing with grief by forming a bond with a wild emu.
To keep across the latest Indigenous news and current affairs watch NITV or follow on social media.
It is that time of year again – MediaRING Members annual membership fees are now due.
Please contact our Treasurer Ian Murray at email@example.com and we will issue your member fee invoice.