Screen Australia appoints new CEO
Screen Australia has hired Deirdre Brennan as their new CEO, where she has previously worked in the industry in roles at WildBrain and BBC Worldwide Australia. She will start her tenure on January 8, 2024. By: Dylan Low
Brennan most recently served as COO of WildBrain, also having worked as the director of television, general manager and director of content at BBC Worldwide Australia. Her previous roles include head of children’s television at the ABC in Australia and general manager of Universal Kids at NBCUniversal.
Nicholas Moore, chairperson of Screen Australia, has stated, “We are delighted to welcome Deirdre to Screen Australia at this pivotal time for the Australian screen industry. The Board was extremely impressed by Deirdre’s wealth of experience, and we look forward to the positive impact she will make during her time in the role. This appointment represents a remarkable opportunity to expand our capacity to tell Australian stories and connect with international audiences in new ways.”
Brennen commented on her new role, “I am excited to return to Australia to lead such an important organization, focusing on building a sustainable future for the creative industry amidst evolving technologies, competitive pressures and expanding platforms. Screen Australia’s mission is very clear, and I will strive to be a passionate advocate and partner for our creators, storytellers and emerging talent.”
Brennen will take over the reins from Graeme Mason, who will leave the agency in early November after spending a decade in the role.
Moore expressed, “As we welcome Deirdre, we bid farewell to Graeme after his remarkable ten-year tenure as CEO of Screen Australia. Since 2013, Graeme has led the agency through a period of rapid change, and the sector has been strengthened by his dedication, passion and leadership. On behalf of the Board and the Screen Australia team, I would like to express my profound gratitude to Graeme, and I congratulate him on all that he has achieved.”
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