active TV Australia

activeTV is an internationally renowned independent production company based in Australia and Asia. The company produces programming across a broad range of genres including reality, factual, entertainment and children’s television. activeTV is known for taking on international formats and creating local versions boasting high production and entertainment values, which translates into top ratings for broadcasters.

The company has produced two seasons of ‘The Amazing Race Australia’ (Seven Network), which has won an International Emmy and awards at the inaugural Australian AACTAs and Asian Television Awards.  This success comes off the back of four seasons of the award winning ‘The Amazing Race Asia’ (AXN), three seasons for Reshet in Israel and versions for the Philippines and Ukraine. 

Since its inception, activeTV Asia has quickly cemented its reputation as the region’s most highly skilled producers of reality, entertainment and factual programming. Its slate includes ‘E! News Asia’ (Comcast), ‘Cash Cab Asia’ (AXN), original series ‘Can You Serve?’ and ‘Driving Change with Caltex’ (digital/StarWorld).

In Australia, activeTV boasts a highly respected children’s division, which has produced 91 episodes of the smash hit comedy-action series ‘Prank Patrol’, now exported to CBBC, ZDF and RAI. activeTV Australia also produce prestigious televised events, including ‘Woolworths Carols in the Domain’.

The company has gained an international reputation as a first class facilitator and producer of turnkey productions.  In Australia the team have facilitated for US and UK programs including Discovery’s ‘World’s Toughest Truckers’, Comcast’s ‘Chelsea Lately’, fashion series ‘How Do I Look?’ and ‘Finding Bigfoot’ (Animal Planet).

activeTV is currently launching an exciting slate of original factual, reality and kids programming thanks to its recently formed development division ‘activeTV Originals’.

Website:
activetv.tv
Jacinta Halsall
Jacinta Halsall
Sponsorship and Business Development Coordinator 
Bio

Jacinta completed a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Melbourne majoring in Marketing and Management. During this time she undertook a traineeship at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in the Risk Services Department and an internship at DDB Advertising in Hong Kong. It was during her University studies she realised her passion for marketing, advertising and sales and began her media career at ACP Magazines (Bauer Media). Here, Jacinta worked in the Mediabrands agency team as a Sales Coordinator. Within her exciting new role at activeTV, Jacinta is responsible for generating and implementing sponsorships for productions and continually developing business strategies.

Kay Lawrence
Kay Lawrence
General Manager 
Bio

Kay is a highly accomplished General Manager and Executive Producer with an exceptional track record of delivering successful productions. Kay has a demonstrated ability to forge and sustain relationships with the Australian and international industry to optimise opportunities and secure finance for projects. Kay's track record of success in negotiating deals which deliver substantial benefits to all parties by understanding requirements and expectations and devising innovative structures and approaches is second to none.

Aquarius Films Australia

Aquarius Films’ credits include the feature Wish You Were Here, which stars Joel Edgerton and received five Film Critics’ Circle of Australia Awards in 2013, and the critically acclaimed shorts I Love Sarah Jane, Crossbow and Netherland Dwarf. It recently received funding through the Screen Australia Feature Enterprise program and is developing a wide variety of long form film and television projects across factual and drama.

Cecilia Ritchie
Cecilia Ritchie
Producer 
Bio

Cecilia joined Aquarius Films from Matchbox Pictures in late 2013. At Matchbox she series produced Next Stop Hollywood, a six part series for ABC1 following young Aussie actors to LA for pilot season, and associate produced the political doc Leaky Boat for Penny Chapman. She also coordinated business affairs on the high profile ABC1 dramas The Slap and The Straits. Prior to Matchbox Cecilia produced the critically acclaimed ABC1 single Searching 4 Sandeep, which premiered internationally at Hot Docs 2008 and has sold to broadcasters all over the world.

Polly Staniford
Polly Staniford
Producer/ Director 
Bio

Polly Staniford is an award-winning producer, writer and director and co-founder of film and TV production company Aquarius Films. Most recently she wrote an episode of the ABC3 children's drama 'Nowhere Boys' and directed the half hour documentary Brain as part of season 4 of ABC1's acclaimed Anatomy series. Brain profiles painter Jamie Daddo and his relationship with his identical twin brother, TV presenter Andrew Daddo. Prior to setting up Aquarius Films, Polly spent three years working as an in-house producer at Matchbox Pictures where she collaborated on a number of film and television projects with award-winning producers Tony Ayres and Michael McMahon, with whom she produced Miss South Sudan Australia and Season 2 of Anatomy She is currently developing a number of feature films, TV drama and factual projects.

Bearcage Australia

Bearcage has more than twenty years experience in media production. Its innovative approach blends outstanding projects and teams with the business of production, delivering exceptional creative and commercial results. Compelling stories, high production values and specialist expertise in post-production have brought success with domestic and international audiences.

Recent productions have included: The Story of Australia (2013 CCTV9), Building Australia (2013) for History Channel (nominated for a Screen Producers Association of Australia Award), The Boffin, the Builder & the Bombardier (2013) for ABC TV (nominated for an ATOM Award), New Zealand From Above, (2012) a co-production with Making Movies (NZ), GebruderBeetz (Germany) and broadcasters ARTE/ZDF (Germany), National Geographic (Australia) and Prime (NZ). The feature documentary The Digger (2011, History Channel) received the Gold Dolphin at the Cannes Corporate Media and Television Awards in 2011. 

Bearcage has twice won the ACT Chief Ministers Export Award and was a winner in the Federal Governments inaugural Arts in Asia Awards.

Website:
bearcage.com.au
Harriet Pike
Harriet Pike
Development Producer 
Bio

Harriet is a Senior Producer at Canberra based production Company Bearcage. She joined the Company in 2011 following on from five years experience working as a distributor and producer at Ronin Films where she had responsibility for acquisitions, business development and documentary production. Harriet has a Bachelor of Business from Griffith University and a Masters of Liberal Arts from the Australian National University. In her role as producer, completed documentary projects from her time at Ronin Films include Chinese Australian co-production Across the Plateau (Adelaide Film Festival 2009), The Chifleys of Busby Street (Brisbane International Film Festival 2008) and Emily In Japan (2009, ABC). Since joining Bearcage Harriet has worked as producer on Who We Are In Sport (2012, Bio Channel), Building Australia (2013, History Channel) and The Boffin, the Builder and the Bombardier (2013, ABC).

Michael Tear
Michael Tear
Managing Director 
Bio

Managing Director and co-founder of Bearcage, Michael's credits as Producer and Executive Producer encompass award winning television, government and commercial productions. His notable projects, both one-offs and series, include Building Australia (2013, History Channel), The Boffin, the Builder and the Bombardier (2013, ABC), The Story of Australia (2013, CCTV9), New Zealand From Above (2012, ZDF/ARTE, National Geographic, Prime TV), The Digger (Gold Dolphin at the Cannes Film and Television Awards), Blessed Mary: A Saint for All Australians (2010, History Channel), For Valour (2009, History Channel), and The Strong Men of Nguiu (2007, ABC Television). Michael serves as Chair of the ScreenACT Advisory Board, is a former member of the ACT Cultural Council, and has recently been appointed to the Federal Government's Creative Industry Innovation Centre.

Serge Ou
Serge Ou
Creative Director 
Bio

Serge is Creative Director and co-founder of Bearcage.  He was born in Geneva with parents of French, Armenian, Chinese and Russian background; he was educated in the United States before settling in Australia.

Serge has a diverse and successful career as a director and has received many awards for his work.  Most recently, Serge completed the award winning feature documentary The Digger ? A History. Other projects include Blessed Mary and For Valour, both of which were the History Channels highest rating programs in their year of broadcast and the $1.5m multi-media theatre experience Circa for the National Museum of Australia.  As a drama director, his work includes many award winning shorts including Shockwaves (2008) which was selected in Official Competition in the Tampere, Boston, St Kilda and Revelations International Film Festivals and was nominated for 4 awards including best film and best director at the St Kilda Film Festival.

Beyond Screen Production Australia

Beyond Screen Production is a subsidiary of Beyond Productions. Since its establishment in 1984, Beyond Productions has produced over five thousand hours of global television programs. The company is based in Sydney, Australia, and has development and production offices worldwide. 

Beyond Screen Production has produced or co-produced a range of specialist and popular factual programming including series such as Outback Kids (ABC), The Science of Self Harm (SBS), The Years That Made Us (ABC) and Whitlam: the Power & the Passion (ABC).

In 2013, Beyond West was established in Western Australia to collaborate on local, national and international co-productions with independent producers and to provide executive production services, finance and distribution for productions.

Bardwell Media,  Zinc Finger Films, Factor 30 Films and Spearpoint Productions are  Western Australian production companies working with Beyond West to develop a diverse range of programs with both a national and international focus in key content areas including history, science, contemporary and social issues and factual entertainment.

Website:
beyond.com.au
Ron Saunders
Ron Saunders
General Manager 
Bio

Ron Saunders has been active in film and television production for over 30 years as a writer, director, producer and executive producer. He has worked in Senior Management at the South Australian Film Corporation, Film Australia, Southern Star and Yoram Gross-EM before becoming Head of Television at the ABC. Ron is currently General Manager of Beyond Screen Production which has produced a range of specialist and popular factual programming, including Outback Kids, The Science of Self Harm, and Whitlam: the Power & the Passion. He has an extensive track record in children's programmes and animation, including Milly Molly, Spellbinder, Johnson and Friends, Backyard Science, Quest, LabRats Challenge, Toybox and Pipsqueaks. Ron has been involved in co-productions with Singapore, China, Canada, Poland, Japan, the Philippines and Germany. His latest project has been a co-production in China of Hoopla Doopla, a new children's programme for the ABC.

Harry Bardwell
Harry Bardwell
Executive Producer, Screen West 
Bio

Harry Bardwell is a WA-based executive producer, producer, funder, broadcaster, and documentary maker. He is the principal of Bardwell Media, and executive producer and manager of Beyond West. Following his success with breakthrough documentary Backs to the Blast Harry joined joined ABCTV Science in Sydney in 1983. He subsequently held positions as a factual and documentary producer, commissioning editor, Supervising Producer/EP Four Corners and head of international news production. In 2005 Harry joined ScreenWest where he was responsible for funding the production and development of programs for film, television and digital media production. With Beyond West Harry seeks co-production opportunities with producers wishing to work in WA.

Russell Vines
Russell Vines
Producer/Director, Zinc Finger Films 
Bio

Russell Vines is the founder of Zinc Finger Films. Over the last fifteen years he has either produced and/or directed over 40 hours of television across a wide range of genres including documentaries, factual formats and drama. Recent highlights include producing the critically acclaimed tele-movie, The Great Mint Swindle for the Nine Network, directing the AACTA award winning documentary series Search for Warriors about the SAS regiment and series directing National Geographic's Life On The Edge, a circumnavigation of Australia by land, sea and submarine. Russell is currently directing a documentary for the ABC about the horses and the men of Australia's legendary Light Horse, during WWI.

Carbon Media Australia

We are an award-winning full service media production company, based in the vibrant Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. 

We develop children’s television shows, documentaries, television commercials, corporate productions, websites and smart phone apps as well as branding, design, motion-graphics, animation, communication and marketing strategies and so much more.

Mr Wayne Denning
Mr Wayne Denning
Executive Producer and Managing Director 
Bio

Wayne Denning is the owner and managing director of Carbon Media, based in Brisbane, Australia. Wayne established Carbon Media in 2006 and has overseen the production, as executive producer, of many television programs and series. Wayne's recent productions include 5 Kangaroos for Sesame Workshop, Handball Heroes for ABC3, children's game shows Go Lingo! and Letterbox for NITV and ABC3, documentaries Intune, Blacktracks, From the Ashes and ProppaNOW. The multiplatform of ground breaking documentary series First Footprints for the ABC. Wayne currently sits on the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia Board, the Brisbane Writers Festival Board and is the Chair of the Brisbane Festivals Indigenous Advisory Group.

Chemical Media Australia

Chemical Media is an independent production company specialising in factual entertainment, travel & lifestyle programming.

Established by the team which successfully brought the Lonely Planet brand to television, Chemical’s founders have made hundreds of hours of programming for broadcasters such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Al Jazeera English, Channel 4 and SBS.

Along the way we’ve produced shows on everything from contemporary British gangsters to traditional Chinese medicine, handled location shoots from Alaska to Arnhem Land, been hailed by prime ministers, denounced as people-smugglers, and frequently missed the last bus home.

Focusing on strong storytelling and intelligent entertainment, the Chemical team has created factual documentaries, returnable travel series, break-through social media campaigns and occasionally even impressed our mums.

With Australian roots and a global outlook, we’ve forged strategic film finance relationships with partners around the world and tailored unique content for brands such as Nokia, Tourism Australia and American Express.

Website:
chemicalmedia.tv
Joany Sze
Joany Sze
Head of Production 
Bio

Producer and production guru Joany Sze is a thunderbolt of energy, efficiency and excellence. A logistical nerd at heart, she has managed a dozen shoots in parallel across multiple time zones without even breaking into a sweat. Joany admits that she possibly landed her first TV job in London only because the other guy got drunk at the interview. Since then she has produced countless live action, animation, music and travel TV shows, turned a platoon of writers into filmmakers and sent them into Africa on bicycles, and produced a mountain of short-form content for multi-platform entertainment and corporate partners. She founded Chemical Media in 2011 with David Collins and Tony Jackson.

Tony Jackson
Tony Jackson
Executive Producer 
Bio

Tony Jackson has spent more than 25 years making television, earning his first stripes and frequent flyer miles at the BBC before eventually becoming Executive Producer and Head of Production at Lonely Planet Television. After building his reputation and risking his gonads making docos of career criminals in the East End of London, Tony made his first splash in Australia by spending four months deep in a NSW rainforest armed with several kilometres of internet cabling to make 48 episodes of an interactive reality TV show for UK network Channel Four. He went on to secure one of the best jobs in the world, travelling the globe directing and producing much of Lonely Planet's television output for the next decade. He founded Chemical Media in 2011 with his colleagues David Collins and Joany Sze.

Katy Morrison
Katy Morrison
Multimedia Producer 
Bio

Producer Katy Morrison meandered into factual storytelling via a research degree in history and a minor in medical microbiology - a combination that had nothing to do with film-making and everything to do with the forensic pathologist detective shows that her mother liked to watch on the ABC on a Saturday night. After flexing her muscles with a human rights organisations in South America and moonlighting as a travel writer in Buenos Aires, she has since worked on over 30 hours of broadcast television. Her passion for experimenting with new ways of telling stories has led Katy to working on films about virtual worlds, iPhone docos utilizing Augmented Reality and producing interactive documentaries.

Electric Pictures Australia

Electric Pictures is one of Australia’s most respected producers of factual programming for the international market. We have offices in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Toronto.  

Since 1992, the company has earned a reputation for the production of high quality series and one off specials in a range of genres, including History, Science and International Affairs. 

We have extensive experience with co-productions and have been commissioned by many of the world’s major factual broadcasters including: the ABC, Arte, BBC, Ch4, Discovery Channel, History Channel (UK), ITV, NHK, National Geographic, NDR, PBS, RTE, SBS, Sky, and ZDF.  

Executive Producers, Andrew Ogilvie and Andrea Quesnelle and Head of Development, Greg Colgan will represent the company at this year’s DocWeek. 

Please drop by and see us in the P2P Lounge at anytime, no appointment is necessary. 

Andrew Ogilvie
Andrew Ogilvie
CEO and Executive Producer 
Bio

Andrew Ogilvie established independent production company, Electric Pictures, in 1992. Since then he has earned a reputation as one of Australia's leading independent producers of award winning factual programming. Throughout his career Andrew has produced programmes for many of the world's major broadcasters, is an experienced co-producer having worked with French and Italian independent production companies, and maintains very successful co-production relationships with two UK producers. In 2007 Andrew established a post-production facility, Colourbox, and in 2009 formed a distribution company, EP Independent. Andrew also established a Sydney & Toronto Office to broaden the Electric Pictures pool of talent and production opportunities.

Please drop by and see me in the P2P Lounge at anytime, no appointment is necessary. 

Mr Greg Colgan
Mr Greg Colgan
Head of Development 
Bio

As Head of Development, Greg supervises the development slate at Electric Pictures and contributes to the generation of new ideas and the assessment of submissions. Greg also participates in the further development of selected ideas, carrying out the research and writing required to fully work up film treatments. During production, Greg is often involved in sourcing archival material.

Please drop by and see me in the P2P Lounge at anytime, no appointment is necessary. 

Andrea Quesnelle
Andrea Quesnelle
Executive Producer, Toronto 
Bio

Andrea is Electric Pictures' Executive Producer based in Toronto, Canada. She has been part of the Electric Pictures team since 2005 and after five years as a Producer and Head of Production in the Perth office she moved to Toronto. Andrea's current focus is on creating a North American presence for the company and developing content suitable for both Australian and Canadian audiences. Andrea has produced documentary series and one-offs for a number of international broadcasters in genres ranging from history to science to pop culture.

Please drop by and see me in the P2P Lounge at anytime, no appointment is necessary. 

Jude  Cockburn-campbell
Jude Cockburn-campbell
Head of Distribution 
Bio

Jude handles the distribution and publicity for both Electric Pictures and its distribution company, EP Independent.  This includes managing all media rights on completed works, the digital distribution of content, and the release and retailing of DVD titles. She was previously a member of the development team where she undertook research and sourced archival material for various productions.

Please drop by and see me in the P2P Lounge at anytime, no appointment is necessary. 

Essential Media and Entertainment Australia

Essential Media and Entertainment is one of Australia's most prolific and award winning production companies making high quality factual series, documentaries and multi-platform content. Its factual team, headed by executive producers Chris Hilton and Alan Erson, has produced hundreds of hours of quality documentary for broadcasters such as PBS, BBC, Channel Four, Discovery, National Geographic and Arte as well as all Australian networks. The company covers the full range of factual programming including science, history, arts, factual entertainment and lifestyle.

Leo Faber
Leo Faber
Development Executive Factual  
Bio

Leo Faber is Development Executive Factual at Essential Media and Entertainment. He has extensive experience in factual story telling as both writer and producer involved in award-winning programs such as Whatever! The Science of Teens, Miracle in the Storm and Masterchef. Prior to joining Essential Media, Leo was responsible for writing and series producing some 50 hours of factual programming at Beyond Productions, Southern Star Endemol and Fremantle Media.

Chris Hilton
Chris Hilton
CEO and Executive Producer 
Bio

Chris Hilton is one of Australia's most prolific and award winning factual producer/directors who has made films across a broad spectrum of subjects for the world's major broadcasters. Chris has executive produced or produced over 200 hours of quality documentary for broadcasters such as PBS, BBC, Channel Four, Discovery, National Geographic and Arte as well as all Australian networks. His programs have won major awards in Australia including Walkley and Logie awards. Recent productions include: Miracle on Everest, The Colony, Policing the Pacific, The Floating Brothel, Ten Pound Poms, The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce, Scorched, Solo, Voyage to the Planets, Seduction in the City(Au Bonheur des Dames) The Grammar of Happiness and Australia: The Time Traveller's Guide.

Joined Up Films Australia

Joined Up Films is an Australian Production Company that specialises in factual formats and documentaries.

Our focus is on different and interesting ways to tell stories and entertain people. 

Our original format Who's Been Sleeping in My House? was a finalist in the Best Factual Entertainment Format category at the C21/FRAPA Awards in 2012 and has been optioned in multiple territories. 

Website:
joinedup.com.au
Jacqueline Willinge
Jacqueline Willinge
Managing Director 
Bio

Jacqueline Willinge is the Managing Director of Joined Up Films and brings her extensive international business and finance experience to her role as a Producer. Most recently Jacqueline worked as an Executive Producer on the highly acclaimed factual format Who's Been Sleeping In My House? for ABC1. This original factual format has been optioned in a multiple territories around the world including the UK, Belgium and NZ.

Thierry Bled
Thierry Bled
Development Producer 
Bio

Thierry has recently joined Joined Up as a Development Executive. Prior to joining Joined Up, Thierry was Deputy Commissioning and Development Editor for ABC Children's Television, where he commissioned over 300 hours of children's factual television, including the hit series Bushwhacked!, Steam Punks!, Splatalot, Prank Patrol, and Dancing Down Under. Before joining the ABC, Thierry worked as a director and producer in the United States and Australia. He has worked on a number of factual formats, including the Emmy winning Queer Eye, Emmy winning Top Chef, Emmy nominated Project Runway, The Biggest Loser, American Masters, and Best Week Ever. Thierry has also worked for NBC Universal in both development and production.

Dan Brown
Dan Brown
Creative Director 
Bio

UK born and raised, Daniel moved to Perth over 10 years ago having worked for broadcasters all over the world. For the last 8 of those 10 years he rose steadily through the ranks at the ABC in Perth where he finished up Exec. producing around 100 hours of content. As the Creative Director of Joined Up, Dan is the driving force behind the development department and recently series produced Australia's Secret Heroes for SBS and Who's Been Sleeping In My House? Series 3 for ABC1.

Matchbox Pictures Australia

Matchbox develops and produces scripted and non-scripted television programs and feature films for audiences throughout the world.

Formed in 2008 by Tony Ayres, Penny Chapman, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon and Helen Panckhurst, Matchbox is one of the most dynamic production houses in Australia. In May 2011, NBCUniversal took a majority stake in Matchbox Pictures and this has allowed the company to diversify its content. We produce television drama, children’s programming, factual and entertainment content, animation and feature films for the domestic and international marketplace. We have also developed games and apps to enhance our programs across all available platforms.

Matchbox works with some of the most exciting writers, directors and producers in Australia to deliver content that is internationally renowned.

Susie Jones
Susie Jones
Factual Entertainment Development Executive 
Bio

Susie works as part of the unscripted team developing and producing original and formatted programs. Prior to taking up her role with Matchbox Pictures, Susie spent the last ten years as a freelance producer in a variety of genres, producing content for ABC, Seven, Ten, Nine, SBS and the Discovery Channel. As well as a strong track record in Factual Entertainment, in 2010 Susie's feature documentary for the ABC, Rudely Interrupted, was nominated for an AFI for best documentary under one hour.

Kylie Washington
Kylie Washington
Entertainment and Kids Development Executive 
Bio

Kylie works as part of the unscripted team developing and producing original and formatted programs. Kylie has an extensive background in unscripted television production with notable credits including Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Prank Patrol and I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Kylie's independent documentaries have been screened nationally on ABC, SBS, Discovery and Channel Seven and her short films have been screened around the world.