Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee
The Film and Television Industry Advisory 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. 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.
Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee Members
Chair - Chris Freeland
Appointed as Chair of the Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee to 31 December 2018 and reappointed to 31 December 2021. 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.
Appointed as Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee Member to 31 December 2018 and reappointed to 31 December 2021. 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 and Janet King for ABC TV and Underbelly: Razor for the Nine Network.
Appointed as Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee Member to 31 December 2019 and reappointed to 31 December 2022. 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 film, Alien: Covenant.
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.
Appointed as Appointed as Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee Member to 31 December 2020, Mouna Zaylah is an arts manager and producer with 21 years’ experience in the community cultural development sector. She was the Co-Director of the Arab Film Festival from its inception in 2007 to 2018. She is currently employed at Campbelltown Arts Centre as the Business Coordinator, overseeing operations, partnerships and education and creative learning programs.
She worked at Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) from 1999 to 2016, producing resources for artists and communities, coordinating cultural events, performance and screen-based projects with artists, communities, business and organisations. She managed the CCD and Artistic Program and worked 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.
Appointed as Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee Member to 31 December 2018, and reappointed to 31 December 2021. 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. John’s productions include his most recent works, The Beautiful Lie for the ABC, Gallipoli and Party Tricks and the well known and loved Puberty Blues, Offspring, Love My Way, Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story, Howzat: Kerry Packer's War and Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, The Secret Life of Us, Police Rescue.
Appointed as Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee Member to 31 December 2022. Fadia works as a freelance director. In 2019, Fadia directed three episodes of Les Norton, an ABC drama starring Rebel Wilson and David Wenham. Her most recent TV series, Hardball for ABC Me, was nominated for an AACTA Awards for Best Children’s Television series.
In 2018 Fadia directed Australian Gangster for Roadshow Rough Diamond and Seven. She previously co-directed an episode of Here Come the Habibs! with Darren Ashton. Her webseries dramedy, I Luv U But… was nominated for Most Engaging Youtube Channel in Beirut.
Fadia’s directed two short films for LGBTQI short films initiatives with ABC and SBS: Concern for Welfare (SBS Love Bites 2018), and Club Arak (ABC Queer for Short 2018), a seven-minute documentary based on a queer Arab dance party of which she is a founder.
In 2005 Fadia directed a short documentary called I Remember 1948, which screened on SBS. Fadia’s final film at UTS was In the Ladies Lounge (2007), which won two awards in the My Queer Career competition at the Mardi Gras Film Festival. Big Trouble, Little Fish (2010), written and directed by Fadia, was funded by Parramatta City Council and screened at Flickerfest.
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