TV networks executives to come to Byron Bay

A still from the ABC’s Australian Story program showing local woman and celebrity chef Jules Allen (middle) with her children Ishy, Jay, Elisha and India.
A still from the ABC’s Australian Story program showing local woman and celebrity chef Jules Allen (middle) with her children Ishy, Jay, Elisha and India.

MEET the Networks will bring executives from Foxtel, Network Ten and ABC TV to Byron Bay to discuss the kind of programs and documentary ideas they are after.

The panel, organised by Screenworks Northern Rivers, is the perfect opportunity for local scriptwriters, directors and producers to meet industry representatives.

Foxtel's General Manager of Factual Programming, Jim Buchan, will be in Byron Bay to meet local filmmakers.

Meet The Networks

  • At the Byron Sports and Cultural Complex from 9.30am to 3.30pm today.
  • Details and tickets from Screenworks

The channels he commissions programs for are the History Channel, Crime and Investigation (C&I), Bio Channel and A&E.


On his first panel trip of this type in regional Australia, Mr Buchan is coming to Byron Bay to "give the producers an understanding of what our brands are about."

"If I can explain to them what we are about I will receive pitches that are more aligned to our audiences."

"There is no monopoly on good ideas. Anyone can come to us with a good one."

Mr Buchan will screen some of the programs that have been produced in regional areas that have been well received by the Foxtel audience.

The executive said he is open to discuss ideas involving "engaging contemporary accounts of history."

Matthew Scully is the Commission Editor of Factual TV at the ABC, and he will also be participating and the panel.

Mr Scully said the ABC is looking for "issues-based programs, something that is news worthy, something that is happening now, and where the producer/director has access to the subject"

Mr Scully said that "it comes down to people who have a track record or expertise to bring it off. Having said that, it is also in our charter to support new talent, so everyone with an idea should come along."

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