Screen Australia announced the appointment of Deirdre Brennan as Chief Executive Officer, starting 8 January 2024. Deirdre has extensive experience as an executive in the domestic and international screen sector, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of WildBrain, a global independent media entertainment company spanning content production, distribution, brands and licensing.
Previously, Deirdre worked at BBC Worldwide Australia as the Director of Television, General Manager and Director of Content. Her former roles include Head of Children’s Television at the ABC TV and General Manager of Universal Kids at NBC Universal. Deirdre will formally commence as CEO from 8 January 2024, taking over the reins from Graeme Mason, who is departing the agency in early November after a decade in the role. On outgoing CEO Graeme Mason’s departure, Nicholas Moore said, “As we welcome Deirdre, we bid farewell to Graeme after his remarkable 10-year tenure as CEO of Screen Australia. Since 2013, Graeme has led the agency through a period of rapid change and the sector has been strengthened by his dedication, passion and leadership. On behalf of the Board and the Screen Australia team, I would like to express my profound gratitude to Graeme, and I congratulate him on all that he has achieved.”
Screen Australia’s Chair Nicholas Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Deirdre to Screen Australia at this pivotal time for the Australian screen industry. The Board was extremely impressed by Deirdre’s wealth of experience and we look forward to the positive impact she will make during her time in the role. This appointment represents a remarkable opportunity to expand our capacity to tell Australian stories and connect with international audiences in new ways."
Deirdre Brennan added: “I am excited to return to Australia to lead such an important organisation, focusing on building a sustainable future for the creative industry amidst evolving technologies, competitive pressures and expanding platforms. Screen Australia’s mission is very clear and I will strive to be a passionate advocate and partner for our creators, storytellers and emerging talent.”