SHARED VISIONS: WOMEN IN TELEVISION, a new book about the experiences of women working in Australian television, was launched today by the Chair of the Australian Film Commission, Maureen Barron.
The book contains interviews and essays from some of the most influential women in Australian television, including Janeen Faithfull, Head of Network Production at the Seven Network, Channel Nine Executive Producer Lyndal Marks, independent producer Jan Chapman, and SBS Chief Newsreader, Mary Kostakidis.
SHARED VISIONS evolved from the AFC's Women In Television Project. In the mid-1990s the AFC conducted research into the issue of career advancement for women in Australian television. The research revealed that there were simply not enough opportunities for women to get together, to network, to talk.
In November 1996 two early morning breakfasts took place - one in Sydney, the other in Melbourne - with women from every commercial network, both public broadcasters, pay television and the independent sector. Since then, more than 1000 women have participated in breakfast forums in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.
SHARED VISIONS brings together speeches given at the breakfasts by senior women in television. Additional interviews have also been conducted.
"Two generations of women have now made their mark on the industry and the women who appear in SHARED VISIONS have made outstanding contributions to all aspects of television," said Maureen Barron. "The book represents as broad a slate as possible of experiences in the industry. The women have vast experience in production, behind the scenes in management and in project development. They've worked in front of the camera, in news and current affairs, in live entertainment, in reality television, in comedy, in documentary and in drama."
"I welcome this book and the initiatives it champions. Not only will its stories and advice encourage our contemporaries to continue with the challenge, but it will also inspire new entrants to share our vision of a world class and vibrant industry, where men and women play an equal part."