Get a chance to hear the new head of factual at the ABC PHIL CRAIG and head of factual at SBS JOHN GODFREY talk about their vision for documentary on their respective channels. Also get to hear LIZ STEVENS from Screen Australia and  MEGAN SIMPSON-HUBERMAN from Screen NSW talk about the funding available for documentary. There will also be a discussion on the future of documentary and where these key stakeholders think we are heading.

About the participants

MODERATOR – Kingston Anderson


Phil Craig, ABC TV’s recently appointed Head of Factual, has worked extensively with the BBC, Granada Television, and leading UK production companies Diverse, Brook Lapping and Nutopia.

Before joining ABC TV he devised and co-produced a number of documentaries for ABC1, including Surviving Mumbai, Skippy: Australia’s First Superstar, The Great Escape: The Reckoning, Churchill’s Darkest Decision, and two recently-completed projects: Chateau Chunder: The Australian Wine Revolution and Desert War. He also co-produced The Secret History of Eurovision for SBS and the dramadoc Bom Bali for Channel Ten.

Craig’s previous work includes major history series, such as the BBC’s Finest Hour and Sky Atlantic’s The British, high rating shows for Discovery Channel’s iconic Shark Week, thought provoking films for the BBC’s Storyville documentary series, environmental series like Geldof in Africa, science documentaries and hard-hitting reports on contemporary subjects such as The Flight That Fought Back, Surviving Katrina and 2011’s Targeting Bin Laden, which contained President Obama’s only documentary interview on the Bin Laden raid. Craig’s films on music and popular culture include Live Aid Remembered, The Making of Live 8, Phantom of the Opera: Behind the Mask and Jackie Magazine: A Girl’s Best Friend.

Craig has also co-written five books, including the best-selling Finest Hour, The End of the Beginning, Diana: Story of a Princess, and Trafalgar: the Men, the Battle, the Storm, several of which were made into TV series.


John worked for 10 years in the UK series/exec producing a range of factual programming across a range of genres for Channel 4 and BBC2. His career in the UK included the ground breaking Channel 4 series Eurotrash, plus Passengers and Fortean TV. He has been in Australia for 10 years, and has produced everything from documentary, to popular culture series (SBS and Discovery).  Most recently, he worked at Becker Entertainment as Head of Development and Executive Producer. He has been SBS Commissioning Editor of Documentaries since July 2008, and commissions include Who Do You think You Are? (Series 3 and 4), The Tall Man and Immigration Nation – The Secret History of Us. John has been Senior Commissioning Editor since  Nov 2011, is now responsible for the whole documentary slate, and in particular looks after indigenous and contemporary documentaries including Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta and Go Back To Where You Came From (Series 2).


Liz Stevens is the manager of the Screen Australia Documentary Unit. Prior to the creation of Screen Australia Liz was a Business Affairs Manager at Film Australia. With a background as an independent producer Liz has worked with script development, film finance, production, marketing and distribution on both factual and drama projects.


Megan is the Director of Development and Production, which is the project development and production finance division of Screen NSW. She heads the team that makes the agency’s development and production investment recommendations and works with filmmakers to bring their projects to the screen.

Megan draws on 20 years of industry experience, as a writer and director of features, TV drama, and factual programs, including Dating the Enemy, which was one of the top grossing and rating Australian films of its year. She has worked in development and production for most of the Australian screen agencies, and her development recommendations have been realised as more than $45million dollars worth of production. She was previously the Director of Screen Australia’s IndiVision Project Lab.

Event Information

WHERE: AFTRS Theatre, Fox Studios, Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent St, Moore Park NSW.

WHEN: Tuesday 12 February 2013
6:30pm for 7:00pm start.

RSVP not required, but be early to ensure your seat. Please invite your friends and colleagues too! This event is open to the public.

ENTRY: $7 (suggested donation)
. This event is open to the public. Parking fees discounted after 6pm, or with validated ticket from AFTRS.