TV trainees on the job with SBS

SBS has launched a Multicultural Television Production Trainee Scheme to provide placements for participants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous backgrounds, on SBS commissioned productions.

Two traineeships have already been successfully completed with Maria Tran having been employed as a researcher on upcoming doco series Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta, produced by Fredbird Entertainment and Northern Pictures.

Indian student Karan Mandhian worked on casting, assistant story production, and translations for entertainment series Bollywood Star.

Former Afghan refugee and emerging filmmaker Saber Baluch is currently employed on the second series of Go Back to Where You Came From.

Two more traineeships will be placed on SBS shows before June under partnerships with Screen NSW and Film Victoria.

Similar placements have been available through state-funded schemes for other Production Companies for many years.

John Godfrey, SBS Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, said: “SBS is uniquely positioned to foster the professional development of people from CALD and Indigenous communities in the Australian television industry through our content.

“As Australia’s only multicultural broadcaster we can offer practical training while also providing opportunities to build up skills across all of SBS’s content platforms.”


  1. Donna how do you think people get started in TV? They start at the bottom and work up doing things like casting and research – jobs which actually require some skill and are important to the production.

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