Cocktail Party 2004
Women Working in Television held their annual cocktail party on Monday 18 October 2004 at the Wharf Restaurant in Sydney where the new publication Tuned Into Leadership - women and television was launched by AFC Chair, Maureen Barron. Liz Deep Jones - Presenter, SBS, Toyota World Sports acted as MC for the event and Sue Masters, Head of Drama at Network Ten was the guest speaker.
Copies of the publication are available to download or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a hard copy.
The Women Working in Television project hosts a series of television industry networking lunches on a range of topics for small groups of participants. Lunches have been hosted by each of the free-to-air television networks, SPAA and Foxtel in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide over the last five years. In 2005 the project will to expand to Perth with a breakfast at the Small Screen, Big Picture conference in November.
SPAA Conference August 2004
The annual SPAA Women Working in Television Breakfast was held on 9 August as part of the SPAA Conference on the Gold Coast. The theme was Doing Leadership Differently. AFC Director of Film Development Carole Sklan welcomed guests at the breakfast, which was hosted by Trish Lake, producer of Gettin' Square and SPAA 2004 feature film producer of the year. The speakers Corallie Ferguson (General Manager, Seven Queensland), Amanda Higgs (Producer, Southern Star), Mary Jane Skalski (US Producer) and Kim Vecera (Head of Production and Drama, Foxtel) highlighted the importance of instinct, teamwork, common sense and communication to leadership in television. The breakfast was sold out with over 100 women attending, including delegates from Channels 10 and 7 who drove from Brisbane specifically for the breakfast.
All the speakers seemed to agree that although some women might at times 'do leadership differently', the skills that made for great TV and great leadership were fairly consistent across the gender divide.
ASTRA Conference March 2005
A networking breakfast was held in conjunction with the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association annual conference at Fox Studios on Wednesday 2 March. Panellists Mary Jacobson (SVP, Programming and Production, International Networks Sony Pictures Television International), Claudia Karvan (Co-Producer, Actor Love My Way - FOXTEL) and Sue Vertue (Executive Producer, Supernova - UKTV) recounted their experiences and responded to questions from a capacity audience of 200, with assistance from MC Deanne Weir (Group Director Corporate Development for AUSTAR).