Deirdre Brennan has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Screen Australia, succeeding outgoing CEO Graeme Mason from January.
Her most recent role has been as Chief Operating Officer of production company WildBrain, while her previous roles include Director of Television, General Manager and Director of Content at BBC Worldwide Australia, Head of Children’s Television at the ABC and General Manager of Universal Kids at NBC Universal.
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 said, “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.”
Nicholas Moore also 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.”
Deirdre Brennan begins 8 January 2024.