The annual Women Working in Television cocktail party was held on Thursday 16 October 2003 at The Wharf restaurant, Sydney to launch the new publication The Big Picture: managing your own career in television. MC Wendy Harmer was joined by AFC Commissioner Helen Leake and guest speaker Sandra Levy, Director of Television at the ABC.
Over 150 women, including Posie Graeme-Evans (Head of Drama at the Nine Network) and Sue Masters (Head of Drama at Network Ten), attended the Women Working in Television Project's annual SPAA Conference Breakfast in Melbourne on Friday 21 November. In addition to SPAA Conference delegates, many Melbourne women working in television attended the breakfast which featured a panel chaired by independent WA producer Sue Taylor (The Shark Net). Two speakers from the UK, Laura Mackie (Head of Drama Serials at the BBC) and writer Debbie Horsefield were very forthcoming with their comments on issues ranging from how they got their first break in the industry, to the importance of risk-taking and work/family balance. Network Ten Executive Producer Leanne Mercer provided a local perspective on her experience of working in television in Australia.
The Big Picture was profiled by the AFC's Director of Film Development Carole Sklan.
It can be downloaded as a PDF below.