Sue Masters to depart SBS drama role

Respected producer, who has overseen a formidable list of SBS dramas, to pursue independent drama development.

Respected producer Sue Masters is departing as SBS Head of Scripted after five years to pursue independent drama development.

During her time, at SBS her portfolio has included he Inernational Emmy-winning Safe Harbour, The Principal, The Family Law, Deep Water, Sunshine, Dead Lucky, On The Ropes, Robbie Hood, The Hunting and the upcoming Hungry Ghosts

Masters will continue to work across some key SBS initiatives, including The R.I.D.E Feature Film Fund, a feature film project and partnership with Screen Queensland, and Digital Originals, a short form content initiative with Screen Australia.

Director of TV and Online Content, Marshall Heald said: “Sue has had a lasting impact on SBS, and I’d like to thank her significant contribution to our network, but also to all of our screens. Sue’s genuine love for and understanding of powerful Australian stories, her passion and advocacy for diversity, and unparalleled talent and tenacity are second to none. She has been instrumental in building on SBS’s strong reputation for local drama, with an enviable slate of highly distinctive and award-winning shows, including Safe Harbour, The Family Law, Robbie Hood and The Hunting. We wish Sue all the best for the future and look forward to our paths crossing through her work with the independent production sector, as well as consulting for SBS.”

SBS Head of Scripted, Sue Masters said: “I fell in love with the Charter soon after joining SBS, it’s the heart and soul of everything we do. I’m thrilled with what we’ve achieved over the past five years and the success we’ve had in introducing new faces and voices to Australian screens. It’s been a privilege to work here and I will remain a lifelong advocate of the beautiful work they do.”

Amanda Duthie has joined SBS as Acting Head of Drama. Prior to being the Head of Production & Development & Studios at the South Australian Film Corporation, she was previously the Creative Director/CEO of the Adelaide Film Festival and Head of Arts & Entertainment at ABC.

SBS Acting Head of Scripted, Amanda Duthie, said: “I am thrilled to be working on the dynamic fiction slate at SBS, led by Marshall Heald and nurtured by the Queen of scripted drama, the legendary Sue Masters. I’m looking forward to welcoming a new wave of projects in development and working on the unique and highly acclaimed SBS production slate.”

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