SBS recently named Kathryn Fink Director of Television of the company. She will begin her new duties on 4th July. “I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn Fink as SBS’s new Director of Television," James Taylor, SBS Managing Director, said.
Fink brings in more than three decades of experience in the media industry. The executive has led content and operations for television and streaming services across Los Angeles, New York, and Hong Kong, including Walt Disney Company, Sky Italia and News Corp."Kathryn brings a real breadth of experience to the role having worked across multiple continents, including America, Asia and Europe, and on all aspects of the global TV and streaming space – from content production, to operations and distribution, and across entertainment, fiction, factual and sports programming," Taylor said.
“She also shares a passion for the distinctive content that defines SBS, underpinned by the SBS Charter,” he said. ”Among the standout programming she has commissioned is Romanzo Criminale, a crime drama series that was a catalyst for change in the Italian TV industry, Le Fate Ignoranti which recently won the Nastro D’Argento award for best TV series and Where are You, a National Geographic documentary which traced the human stories behind a migrant boat arriving on the shores of Italy."
The executive was most recently General Manager, Media for the Walt Disney Company in Italy responsible for Disney+, PayTV channels, original content production and content sales up until last year. She has also served as Managing Director at the Fox Networks Group in Italy and played a key role in the launch of Sky Italia in 2003, among other positions. “I feel very privileged to be to be given this opportunity to be a part of an organisation like SBS,” says Fink. “I am excited by the prospect of working with the talented and dedicated team to continue to deliver innovative, world-class content that explores, challenges and celebrates contemporary Australia, with the most distinctive multiplatform offering in the country.”
She is also bilingual, speaking fluent English and Italian, and was recently appointed an independent board director of the Juventus Football Club, which is listed on the Milan stock exchange and the club with the largest fanbase in the Italian football league. Her appointment follows an international search, following the departure of Marshall Heald after 14 years with the organisation, earlier this year. “Kathryn is exceptionally well placed to drive the ongoing success of our TV and SBS On Demand channels as we continue to grow and evolve as a network.”