Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee Members

Chair - Patrick Fair 

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

Patrick Fair B. Ec, LL. B, CIPM, GAICD, FAISA is the principal of Patrick Fair Associates, an Adjunct Professor at the School of Information Technology, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment at Deakin University, the Chairman of the Communications Security Reference Panel at the Communications Alliance, a member of the .au Domain Administration Limited’s Technical Advisory Standing Committee, a member of the IoT Alliance of Australia Security Workstream, general advisor to and an author of LexisNexis Practical Guidance Cybersecurity, Data Protection and Privacy.

Patrick is a member of the International Advisory Board of Subsentio, LLC. Patrick was an international partner of Baker McKenzie 2000-2019, a partner of Phillips Fox 1989-1999, Chairman, Internet Industry Association 1999-2002, 2012-2014, a director of the Internet industry Association 1995-1998, 2011, President of the Law Society of NSW in 1997 and President of the University of Sydney Union in 1983.

 

Fadia Abboud

Fadia Abboud is a filmmaker based out of Sydney.  

Fadia directed a segment of anthology film Here Out West, which opened the 2021 Sydney Film Festival. She directed the second episode of Australian Gangster released in 2021 and went on to direct Hardball for ABC Me which won the 2020 Prix Jeunesse International award for Outstanding Children’s Television and the 2020 International Emmy Award for Best ‘Kids: Live-Action’ series.

Fadia’s other directing credits include Les Norton, Five Bedrooms, Here Come the Habibs and the upcoming series Barons and After the Verdict.  

Fadia was the co-director of the Arab Film Festival Australia between 2007 and 2017 which was presented annually in Parramatta, the city she was born and bred.

 

Troy Lum

Appointed as Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee Member to 31 December 2022. Mr Lum is a producer and screen executive with extensive experience particularly in the production and distribution of feature films. He was head of distribution company Dendy Films and launched Hopscotch Films in 2002, which went on to become Australia’s leading independent distributor.

In 2011 Hopscotch was acquired by Entertainment One, one of the world’s leading independent content and distribution businesses. In 2009, Mr Lum founded Hopscotch Features, a joint venture with writer John Collee (Master and Commander) and producer Andrew Mason (The Matrix) as a one-stop shop for film finance, development, production and distribution.

 

Jodi Matterson

Jodi Matterson serves as Managing Director of Australia, partner and producer of Made Up Stories.

Jodi recently produced Wolf Like Me starring Isla Fisher and Josh Gad for Peacock, Stan and Amazon, Roar starring Nicole Kidman and Judy Davis for Apple, Nine Perfect Strangers, starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy for Hulu & Amazon, The Dry, starring Eric Bana, as well as the film adaptation of the international best-seller, Penguin Bloom, starring Naomi Watts.

Upcoming projects include: The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart starring Sigourney Weaver for Amazon, Force of Nature (the sequel to The Dry) and Wolf Like Me series two.

Previous work includes Abe Forsythe’s Little Monsters starring Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Down Under, Not Suitrable For Children starring Sarah Snook and, Razzle Dazzle which premiered at Berlin and her first film, Thunderstruck  starring Sam Worthington.

 

Josh Pomeranz

Josh Pomeranz is Managing Director of Spectrum Films - Australia's leading post production house based in Fox Studios Australia. Upon completing his Bachelor of Business in 1997, Josh teamed up with his father - Spectrum Film's founder Hans Pomeranz OAM - cementing Spectrum as a family business committed to supporting the Australian film and television industry.

Under Josh’s leadership, Spectrum Films has expanded to include strategic alliances and investments, gaining a strong international presence with productions including Hacksaw Ridge, Wolverine, The Great Gatsby, Simon McQuoid’s Mortal Kombat and Marvel’s Shang- Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Building on the Spectrum Films’ rich history, Josh’s management has continued to foster the company’s stellar reputation as the post production facility of choice for countless feature films, television productions and documentaries.

 

Debra Richards

Debra Richards is the Immediate past CEO of Ausfilm. She has over 30 years communications, media & screen industry experience, previously 12 years as CEO of the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA), over 13 years with Australia’s broadcasting regulator, then the Australian Broadcasting Authority (& Tribunal) and most recently almost nine years as CEO of Ausfilm, attracting major production and post production work to Australia.

Debra has been involved in most screen content policy and production industry issues in Australia during her working life as regulator, stakeholder and advocate covering local content, sports rights, copyright, digital conversion and disruption.

Debra is a member of the Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA) Board; a Director of the International Institute of Communications, Australia (IICA); Deputy Chair of the Alcohol Beverage Advertising Code (ABAC) adjudication panel; a Director of Northcott, a professional member of the Australian Film Institute (AFI) and a marriage celebrant.

Debra took up a new role at Netflix in September (2019), as Director, Studio and Production Affairs for the APAC region.