Michael Ebeid to become Screen Australia Chair

Former SBS managing director takes top board role at govt funding body.

Former SBS managing director Michael Ebeid has been appointed as the new Chair of the Screen Australia Board, to succeed Nicholas Moore.

Michael Ebeid was initially appointed to the Screen Australia Board in July 2023 . He was previously the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of SBS, Group Executive at Telstra and in 2017 was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the broadcast media and multicultural affairs. He is currently a non-executive director of the Sydney Opera House and BAI Communications.

“I’m honoured and excited to Chair Screen Australia as we navigate the dynamic landscape of evolving audience behaviour, shifting consumption trends and the multifaceted challenges confronting the screen and production industry to ensure it continues to thrive,” he said.

“As content and technology increasingly intersect, Screen Australia plays a vital role in the health of our screen sector, not just in nurturing local talent, but also in ensuring Australian stories and culture are preserved through compelling productions that resonate with both Australian and international audiences.

“Looking ahead, I am dedicated to playing a key role in supporting the growth and development of the Australian screen industry, which not only contributes substantially to our economy but also serves as a cultural ambassador on the global stage. Aligned with the government’s vision outlined in the National Cultural policy, Revive, Screen Australia stands as a crucial pillar in realising that vision, and I am eager to contribute to its ongoing success,” Ebeid said.

Screen Australia CEO Deirdre Brennan said, “I’m delighted to welcome Michael as our new Chair, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to further support the Australian screen industry. The Executive team look forward to working with Michael to provide continued leadership and vision for the organisation. With Michael’s extensive experience in media and technology, his dedication to Australian storytelling will continue the rich culture of innovation and investment in the Australian screen sector.

“On behalf of the Board and the Screen Australia team, our sincere thanks go to Nicholas Moore for his dedication and contribution as Chair. Nicholas has supported the agency through nine years of a constantly evolving industry, and has overseen significant investment in Australian stories,” Brennan said.

Michael Ebeid will formally commence as Chair on 31 March 2024 for a three-year term.

Megan Brownlow (Deputy Chair) has been reappointed to the Board for two years alongside Marta Dusseldorp, Sacha Horler, Helen Leake AM, Deborah Mailman AM, Nicholas Pickard, Pallavi Sharda.

Screen Producers Australia CEO Matthew Deaner stated “On behalf of the members of SPA, I am pleased to welcome Mr Michael Ebeid AM as the new Chair of the Screen Australia Board. Mr Ebeid’s extensive experience and participation in the industry over a lengthy and successful career, combined with Ms Brownlow’s experience and knowledge, are important to advancing Screen Australia and its opportunities for positively impacting our industry.

“This is a time of optimism and opportunity for the sector, with industry seeking to work closely with Screen Australia and the Federal Government to help generate the right policies, research, and programs to deliver sustained growth, a stronger and clearer global brand and to develop and enhance export earnings, soft diplomacy, and the cultural returns that screen content delivers to our nation and its citizens.

“It is time to set a clear and joined-up strategy for the future of film, television and games content that sees local production grow and be rewarded for its risks and efforts.”

He added, “We acknowledge and thank Nicholas Moore for his contribution and leadership during his time as Chair.”

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