Running Free Live - The Comeback

ACMI, Film Victoria and Media Mentors present

The Comeback


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Thurs 2 Jul 2020

7–8.30pm (AEST)

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After a year of unpredictable events, what happens now for broadcasters?

Australia’s leading broadcasters come together to take stock of what has recently happened to their industry – and share their insights into what lies ahead for their businesses and for the country’s ravaged production sector.

Joining the panel will be Adrian Swift, Nine Network Head of Production and Development; Marshall Heald, Director TV and Online Content SBS; Tanya Denning-Orman, Channel Manager, NITV; Michael Carrington, Director, Entertainment and Specialist, ABC; and Daniel Monaghan, Head of Programming, Network Ten.

Hosted by Denise Eriksen, Co-Founder of Media Mentors Australia.

Running Free Live is presented in partnership with ACMI, Film Victoria and Media Mentors.


Michael Carrington, Director, Entertainment and Specialist, ABC
Michael Carrington was appointed Director Entertainment & Specialist in August 2019. He is an award-winning broadcast executive who has worked across creative development, production management and commissioning of content in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. He joined the ABC in 2016 as Head of Children’s content and in 2018 was appointed Head of Distribution, with responsibility for programming content from across the ABC and external acquisitions. In September 2018 Michael was appointed as acting Director Entertainment and Specialist. 

Tanya Denning-Orman, Channel Manager, National Indigenous Television (NITV – proudly part of SBS)
Tanya, a proud Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman from Central and North Queensland, has led NITV as Channel Manager since its merger with SBS in 2012. With over a decade of media experience, Tanya has previously held positions as a Journalist and Producer for ABC and SBS and a number of different roles at NITV since 2007. In her current position, Tanya directs the overall management and programming of NITV, which through diverse and innovative multiplatform content, including a unique news service, welcomes all Australians to celebrate Indigenous culture, voices and storytelling.

Marshall Heald, Director TV and Online Content, SBS
Marshall was appointed Director TV and Online Content in January 2015.  Prior to this appointment Marshall was the Chief Digital Officer, with a broad remit to help drive the adoption of digital technologies and innovation across SBS in a rapidly changing broadcast sector. Marshall first joined SBS in 2007 as Manager, Digital Media with overall responsibility for SBS’s online presence. Prior to joining SBS, Marshall’s varied career has included working as a litigation lawyer in NZ; heading up Telstra’s digital music and movie businesses and working as Creative Director of Noise, a media based festival to showcase the creative works of young Australians.

Daniel Monaghan, Head of Programming, Network Ten
Daniel is the Head Of Programming at Network Ten and is responsible for the forward planning of Ten’s prime time schedules, with a strategic focus on its continued growth. As well as concentrating on the content that builds prime time and daytime, Dan manages Ten’s team of program presentation and promotion planners and is a member of the Programming Management team. Prior to joining TEN in 2008, Daniel spent time four years in media in Australia and the UK, including at creative agency Love Communications, outdoor advertising agency oOh Media, and earlier in his career, PR agency Media Ambitions.

Adrian Swift, Head of Content Production & Development, Nine Network
Adrian is the Nine Network’s Head of Content Production & Development working across traditional broadcast and digital. His role involves working with internal teams and external production partners to commission and develop shows that embody Nine’s brand and attract broad, mainstream audiences on any device. He works across on-air, digital and social media to ensure Nine program brands reach the biggest possible audience wherever they are.

Event duration

90 mins


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