AFTRS TV talks
TV Talks
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TV Talks
AFTRS' TV Talks AFTRS' TV Talks - dedicated TV industry panel discussions


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!

  • One Tuesday each month, February through to November.
  • All welcome - however places are limited and RSVP via Eventbrite is essential
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To celebrate International Women’s Day, we welcome five incredibly impressive female media executives to AFTRS to talk about their careers and mentors, leadership, gender diversity, #metoo and how to future proof your career in the Australian industry. All genders welcome!


  • Beverley McGarvey: Chief Content Officer, Network Ten
  • Bridget Fair: CEO Free TV
  • Robi Stanton: VP & GM, Turner Australia
  • Therese Hegarty: Director, Content Distribution & Rights, Seven Network
  • MC: Anita Jacoby

Guest Bios

Beverley McGarvey is Network Ten’s Chief Content Officer, a title she took on September 2016. Before that, she had been Network Ten's Chief Programming Officer since October 2012.

Beverley joined Network Ten as Network Head of Programming in 2006 from TV3 in New Zealand, where she was Director of Programming for two years. Before TV3, Beverley spent four years as Head of Program Scheduling and Promotions for TV3 Ireland.

Earlier in her career, Beverley worked for ITV’s Meridian Television in Southhampton. She holds an honours degree in media studies from the University of Ulster, Coleraine, in Northern Ireland.

Bridget Fair is the Chief Executive Officer of Free TV Australia, the industry body that represents Australia’s commercial television licensees. She previously held a number of senior roles with Seven West Media, most recently Group Chief of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs.

Prior to joining Seven, Bridget has worked as General Counsel for SBS, legal counsel for the ABC and in private legal practice. She is also a former Chairman of Screenrights and has been on the Boards of OzTAM and Freeview. She is also a non-executive Director of iSelect.

Bridget holds a BA/LLB from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and is a Graduate of the AICD.

Robi Stanton is a respected and experienced media executive having held senior roles across Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia. She is currently Vice President & General Manager of Turner Australia and on the senior management team at Turner Asia Pacific.

As General Manager for Turner’s operations in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Territories, Robi oversees all commercial streams for the business. This includes networks management, content sales, entertainment advertising sales, off-channel business management and monetization of Turner’s growing catalogue of app, games and digital products.

The current portfolio of kids and entertainment brands under her remit is Cartoon Network, Boomerang, truTV, Adult Swim and TCM Turner Classic Movies. She also spearheads the syndication business for Turner content, including original content from US-based networks TNT, truTV and TBS and the distribution of CNN on different platforms via different technologies in her territories.

Robi has a degree in theatre studies from UNSW and completed her MBA in 2001. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and on the board of ASTRA and Performing Lines. Robi is a member of Chief Executive Women and an angel investor in Scale (which helps deliver funds to female-led businesses). She has three children who share their mum’s passion for great content!

Therese Hegarty is Director of Content Distribution and Rights for the Seven Network. Seven’s content creation and distribution division 7Studios produces more original content than any other Australian production company.  This year 7Studios will commission, create and produce nearly 800 hours of television In her role, Therese manages commercial and operational aspects of the Network’s extensive slate of Australian produced and commissioned programs, oversees Seven’s third party investment and acquisition strategies related to content creation in the domestic and global markets, and is responsible for the off network management of Seven’s catalogue of program rights both in Australia and internationally.

Therese sits on the board of directors for  Great Southern Film & Television (Auckland), 7Wonder (London), and Slim Film & Television (London).

Therese Hegarty began her career at George Patterson Advertising as a Creative Department assistant which involved a lot of quite boring filing, and she decided that TV production looked much more interesting.  Finding a role as a production assistant at Sprowles, Robertson television commercial producers provided her first television production experience. She moved through various lowly television production roles including a stint at Simon Townsend’s Wonder World, and a year agency temping in London.  She found her dream job in the production department at Beyond 2000, the highly successful science based magazine television show produced by Beyond International.  Working her way through the ranks and across various programs being produced by Beyond International for the Australian and US markets, she was promoted to Vice President Production (Business) where she managed the operational and business affairs for Beyond in Australian and the USA until she joined the Seven Network in 2012 as Head of Production.

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's national steering committee, is a member of Chief Executive Women and a non-executive director on a number of boards.

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The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.