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Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee

The Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee was created in mid-2014 and acts as an independent advisory body.  Its functions are to advise the Minister for the Arts on the operation of the film and television industry in New South Wales as required, and to provide certain specific advice to the Department (through Create NSW) as set out in regulations.


Chris Freeland

Appointed as Chair of the Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee to 31 December 2018

Chris Freeland is National Managing Partner of leading corporate law firm Baker & McKenzie's Australian offices and a member of its Asia Pacific Regional Council. Chris has had many years experience as a lawyer, strategy consultant and professional services manager. He has lived and worked in New York, Beijing, Melbourne and Sydney.

Chris initially practised as a lawyer for many years with Freehills where he worked primarily in the area of corporate law. Following completion of an MBA, Chris worked for many years as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Australia and the US. He was later appointed the General Manager of BCG in Australia and New Zealand. Chris joined Gilbert + Tobin in 2004 and in 2008 relocated to Beijing for most of that year, working as Senior Advisor to Management of King & Wood, the largest law firm in China.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Business Administration. He has received numerous awards and scholarships, including a Rupert Murdoch Fellowship from Melbourne University. Chris has been involved in a range of community organisations, including as a Director of the national performing arts company Performing Lines, Vice President of Melbourne University's Business School Alumni Council and as a Director of Berry Street Victoria (Victoria's largest independent child welfare organisation). Chris was appointed Chair of the Sydney Film Festival in February 2010.


Bob Campbell

Appointed as Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee Member to 31 December 2018

Mr Bob Campbell is one of Australia’s most highly respected television executives and has spent his life working in the media.

Mr Campbell is currently Non-Executive Chairman and Chairman of Remuneration and Nomination Committee and Member of Audit Committee of Adcorp Australia and a Director of the Sydney Swans. Having held senior management positions with Network TEN he was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Seven Network in 1987, a position he held until 1995.

Mr Campbell formed the television production company Screentime in 1996 with Des Monaghan. Recent productions from Screentime include the Underbellly franchise, the critically acclaimed Tim Winton adaptation, Cloudstreet for Showtime Australia, Crownies for ABC TV and Underbelly: Razor for the Nine Network.


Catriona McKenzie

Appointed as Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee Member to 31 December 2019

Catriona McKenzie graduated with Honours from Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 2001, studied screenwriting at NYU and TISCH, and interned at Scott Free Productions. Since graduating, she has worked as Commissioning Editor of Drama at ABC Australia, and as a director of network, cable and premium cable television. In 2016, she directed Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments for Freeform/ABC Family, after securing a director’s attachment with Ridley Scott on his feature Alien: Covenant. She recently wrapped on comedy drama series The Warriors for Arenamedia, and has several projects in development for 2017.
Catriona’s television directing credits include the pilot of Redfern Now, Dance Academy; My Place, Satisfaction, The Circuit, RAN: Remote Area Nurse, The Alice, Fireflies, The Gods of Wheat Street, and the final episode of NBC’s Camp for Berman Braun. Her critically-acclaimed and award-winning short films include Box, The Third Note, Road and Redfern Beach. Catriona also wrote and directed the multi-award winning documentary Mr Patterns (ABC TV) and directed the half hour drama Grange (ABC TV).
Satellite Boy, Catriona’s first feature film, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. In 2013, the film screened at Palm Springs International Film Festival, and collected the international and children’s juries’ Special Mention at Berlinale. Satellite Boy was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Film and was the 2014 recipient of the ADG Finders.
Catriona is of Australian Aboriginal descent: her tribe is the Kunai Gurnai of South Eastern Australia. Dedicated to developing emerging filmmakers, McKenzie has mentored in various film education initiatives, including the 2014 Sundance Native Lab.


Mouna Zaylah

Appointed as Appointed as Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee Member to 30th December 2020

Mouna Zaylah is an arts manager and producer with 21 years experience in the community cultural development sector. She has been the Co-Director of the Arab Film Festival since 2007.

In 2015 she was appointed on the Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee (Screen NSW). She has worked at Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) since 1999 producing resources for artists and communities, coordinating cultural events, performance and screen-based projects with artists, communities, business and organisations.

She currently manages the CCD and Artistic Program and works across sectors including community, arts, screen, technology and business. Mouna has worked for many organisations including Urban Theatre Projects as administrator and project officer (1992-1997) and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in administration, curatorial and project coordinator roles (1997-1999) and a range of other community and youth based organisations as a freelance project coordinator and consultant.


Lois Randall

Appointed as Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee Member to 31st December 2019

Ms Lois Randall is a screen producer based in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, with extensive experience in documentary and drama production, policy, development, management and funding. Production credits include producer of The Gods of Wheat Street drama series (ABC), line producer of the East of Everything drama series (ABC), production manager of Solarmax (Imax documentary), and producer of short films including Nan And A Whole Lot Of Trouble (ABC, 2015), Air (animation, SBS) and The New Boots (Sydney Film Festival). Her professional experience includes Executive Director at Australian Screen Directors Association (now Australian Directors Guild), DocuMart Manager at AIDC 2003, Manager of Metro Screen, and RADO/CEO at Arts Northern Rivers, and she is Chair of Northern Rivers Screenworks. Lois established Magpie Pictures in 2014 and is now developing two television drama projects.


John Edwards

Appointed as Chair of the Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee to 31 December 2018

John Edwards grew up in Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. His father wanted him to be a lawyer, so he became a history teacher.  John then changed track to become a writer with Film Australia before moving into producing more than 600 hours of drama with a raft of Logie, AFI and AACTA awards.

Johns productions include his most recent works, The Beautiful Lie for the ABC, Gallipoli and Party Tricks and the well known and loved Puberty BluesOffspringLove My WayPower Games: The Packer-Murdoch StoryHowzat: Kerry Packer's War and Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, The Secret Life of Us, Police Rescue. 


Amin Palangi

Appointed as Chair of the Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee to 31st Devember 2019

An Iranian born Australian filmmaker, and director of Palangi Productions, Amin has made fictional and documentary films in Afghanistan, Iran and Australia. His debut feature documentary, Love Marriage in Kabul, was in competition and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival 2014. Amin is an AFTRS graduate and holds a PhD from Australian National University (ANU). He lectures at the University of Western Sydney, teaches at a number of film schools and runs the Persian International Film Festival in Australia.


The Committee is comprised of no more than seven members who are appointed by the Minister. The Chairperson is to be a member appointed from outside the film and television industry, and all other members are to have relevant experience in the film and television industry.

These advisory functions support the work of Create NSW, which is an office within the Department of Trade and Investment with an allocated annual budget.  Create NSW operates within the Department’s annual reporting, financial reporting and Audit and Risk Committee frameworks in carrying out its role to assist and support the screen sector in NSW.

Under the regulations, the Committee has the following functions:

  • to consider recommendations relating to production funding and to advise the department in relation to those recommendations;
  • to advise the department in relation to the annual allocation of program funding between all film and television funding programs administered by the department;
  • to advise the department in relation to individual film and television industry funding programs administered by the department and, where appropriate, to recommend changes to existing funding programs and guidelines;
  • to advise the Minister on the strategic direction of the film and television industry in NSW.

The Film and Television Industry (Advisory Committee) Regulation 2014 also deals with the composition, procedure and terms of office of the Committee and its members.

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