ABC Children’s TV recently visited I.C.E. to meet local emerging screen content producers. It was an opportunity for the broadcaster to speak about the processes of developing new content on Australian TV that would reflect the reality of a contemporary and culturally diverse Australia, and to hear from local filmmakers from diverse backgrounds.
Michael Carrington, Head of Children’s and Education, and Libbie Doherty, Commissioning Editor, Children’s, offered a presentation of what is currently showing on the network through ABC Kids and ABC Me. The evening allowed the guest speakers to engage with participants about the volume and richness of culturally diverse stories that could be told on Australian television.
A Q-and-A after the presentation addressed the current depictions of diversity on children’s TV as well as scales of budget and formats for new work.
“ABC Children’s continues to nurture and grow new diverse talent across a range of disciplines, from performers and writers to producers and directors. It’s by participating in direct discussions with interested individuals, like the group brought together by I.C.E. that we have an opportunity to encourage people to think about how they might help us engage with young Australians through unique and diverse stories. We can’t wait to hear their new ideas and concepts.”
Outcomes of the networking event include a follow up pitch session on July 31 where ABC production staff will hear short pitches from those who participated in the workshop. Pitches will be one-on-one and participants will have the opportunity to receive immediate feedback from the ABC panel.
Currently participants are networking amongst themselves to develop ideas and concepts.
“I jumped at the opportunity to attend the info night with ABC Children staff. As the broadcaster for all of Australia it is so important that the ABC works with and for people in Western Sydney, rural areas, regional hubs and the major cities so I am so glad that they are taking the initiative to meet with the makers where we are.
I’ve long thought of the ABC as that big building in Ultimo that wasn’t really open to storytellers and makers like me and learning there are access points to engaging with the ABC as are maker was amazing.”