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TV TALKS is an opportunity to watch, listen and laugh along with a panel of engaging TV industry guests who talk about TV 'stuff' for TV 'people' complemented with some good, old-fashioned networking afterwards!

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On the eve of International Women’s Day we’ve pulled together a panel of powerhouse women to talk about the all-important female audience. In general, women watch more TV than men and more often than not, determine what is being watched. Broadcasters and advertisers know this: women make 80-90% of all household purchasing decisions  - including whether or not to take a pay TV subscription.

So – what do women watch and why? And how much does the research around this influence programming and production in Australia?

On our panel this month with MC Anita Jacoby is Head of Scripted Production at ABC TV, Sally Riley, the Managing Director, Content Aggregation and Wholesale at Foxtel, Deanne Weir, Media commentator/author and Gruen panelist, Jane Caro and Megan Brownlow, Executive Director at PWC and Editor of the Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook. It’s bound to be a lively and fascinating discussion with invaluable insights for anyone working in the broadcast and media industries in Australia!

  • Sally Riley [Head of Scripted Production, ABC TV]
  • Deanne Weir [MD, Content Aggregation and Wholesale, Foxtel]
  • Megan Brownlow [ED at PWC and Editor of the Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook]
  • Jane Caro [Media Commentator and Writer]
  • Anita Jacoby [MC]
Guest bios

Sally Riley is Head of Scripted Production at ABC TV. She joined ABC TV in 2010 as Head of Indigenous, and since that time has achieved an outstanding track record of groundbreaking programs, including Black ComedyGods of Wheat Street8MMM Aboriginal Radio, the multi-award-winning Redfern Now and the critically-acclaimed six-part drama, Cleverman. She is currently responsible for leading the Fiction, Comedy, Indigenous and Children’s production teams.

A Wiradjuri women, Riley has been at the forefront of the Indigenous film and television industry in Australia. She is a strong advocate for Aboriginal self-representation in the Australian film industry and played a vital role in Indigenous filmmaking during the nine years she worked as Head of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Unit. Riley was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal in 2008 for her services to the development of initiatives that have increased the participation of Indigenous Australians in the film and television industry. In 2011, she was awarded the Cecil Holmes Award from the Australian Directors Guild for her ongoing career support and facilitation of Indigenous film and television directors. In 2016, Sally was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers.

Deanne Weir is a Media entrepreneur, company director and philanthropist with more than 25 years of experience in media and communications. A former corporate lawyer, Deanne is an experienced and globally recognised leader, strategist and communicator, with a deep interest in how new forms of media affect business and society.  Deanne's company has invested in several Australian growth companies, leveraging new and disruptive communications technology to reach and engage global audiences. From online publishing, television and multiplatform media production, to global innovations in speech to text services, Deanne has been privileged to work with some great Australian innovators.  Along the way, Deanne has also pursued her passion for supporting Australian stories, and has used her influence and resources to improve the lives of women and girls in our community.  

Deanne spent 8 years on the board of Screen Australia, including as Deputy Chair, and was instrumental in the development of its highly regarded Gender Matters program. Other cultural board roles include the Sydney Film Festival and Playwriting Australia.  Deanne is Chair of the Australian Women Donors Network and a member of the global philanthropic community Women Moving Millions, both of which seek to increase the amount of social investment that reaches women and girls. A frequent guest speaker at corporate and philanthropic events, Deanne provides informal mentoring support to a number of women in the media.

In 2016, Deanne returned to full-time corporate life at Foxtel as Managing Director, Content Aggregation and Wholesale, where she has responsibility for third party content relationships, pricing and packaging, wholesale revenue, and new forms of content commercialisation. In addition to her role at Foxtel and her community engagement, Deanne continues in her roles as Chair of Hoodlum and Ai-Media.  

Megan Brownlow is a media and entertainment industry specialist at PwC where she performs strategy, due diligence, forecasting, and market analysis work for clients. 

She has over 20 years’ experience in media and marketing ranging from producing television and radio programs to designing cross-media strategies – both content and advertising – for online and traditional media properties.  Megan is the Editor of PwC’s annual market-leading publication: The Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook which provides forecasts and commentary on twelve media segments covering advertising and consumer spending. In the current edition Megan wrote the special features on Growth through Diversity and the Future of Australian Content. 

Megan is a board member of the MFA, an Advisory Committee member for the Bureau of Communications Research and the Research Strategy Panel for the Australia Council. 

Jane Caro is an author, novelist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and social commentator.  She has published eight books, including two novels “Just a Girl” and “Just a Queen” about Elizabeth Tudor and a memoir “Plain Speaking Jane”. She is currently working on ‘Just Flesh & Blood’ the third and final book in the Tudor trilogy.

She appears in the media often including Agony, Q&A, The Drum, Sunrise & Weekend Sunrise. In 2013 she co-created and presented a 6 part radio series for ABC Life Matters - ‘For Better, For Worse’, now a 5 part TV series for ABC Compass. In 2016 her second series with Compass “Fathers & Daughters, Mothers & Sons” went to air. She is currently working on a third documentary series with the ABC. She writes regular columns for ‘Sunday Life’, ‘Leadership Matters’ and ‘Daily Life’.

MC Anita Jacoby has created award-winning content across most genres for every FTA broadcaster and Foxtel. Most recently she was Managing Director of ITV Studios Australia where she was responsible for the implementation of new digital, commercial and content strategies as well as the commissioning of ‘The Chase’ and ‘I’m A Celebrity’. Prior to that she managed Zapruder’s others films for ten years alongside Andrew Denton, creating hundreds of hours of original programming including ‘Enough Rope’, ‘The Gruen Transfer’ and “Elders’. She currently sits on the ACMA (Australian Communications & Media Authority), Women in Media and a non-executive director on a number of boards.

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