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Graeme Mason | Chief Executive Officer


Currently the CEO of Screen Australia, Graeme has over 20 years of international experience in film, television and multimedia businesses. Graeme has worked with large US studios, a UK television network, independent producers and government agencies. Graeme has previously worked in both factual and entertainment TV programming in Australia before moving to the UK. In Britain he worked across all aspects of film production, sales and acquisitions, and distribution for companies such as Polygram Filmed Entertainment. From 1998 to 2002 he was president of worldwide acquisitions for Universal Studios. He then joined Channel 4 Television UK as Head of Media Projects and later as Managing Director of Rights before moving to New Zealand to lead the New Zealand Film Commission from 2009 to 2013.

  • Sally Mynett Executive Assistant to the CEO

Michael Brealey | Chief Operating Officer

Michael Brealey

Michael has over 20 years of experience across communications and media policy and operations. Prior to joining Screen Australia in 2018, Michael was the CEO of Create NSW, Acting Executive Director of Arts NSW and Director of Policy, Strategy and Communications for Arts NSW. Before that Michael was the Head of Policy and Strategy for ABC TV and Manager of Public Policy and Content Standards for Vodafone Australia. Michael began his career with the federal Department of Communications and the Arts working across a range of communications policy areas including, broadcasting, telecommunications, arts and screen.

Sally Caplan | Head of CONTENT

Sally Caplan

Sally has over 25 years of international experience in the screen production industry. She is a highly respected and seasoned senior executive whose roles have covered all aspects of financing, development, acquisition, production and distribution. Sally began her career as a solicitor specialising in entertainment law. In her most recent role before Screen Australia, Sally was Managing Director of eOne International (eOne), where she oversaw its international film sales operations out of the UK. Before joining eOne, Sally headed the Premiere Fund of the UK Film Council for five years, where she was responsible for funding and overseeing the production from script stage of over 45 films, including titles such as The King’s Speech, Miss Potter and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Prior to joining the UK Film Council, Sally was President of Icon Film Distribution UK and has held senior acquisition, distribution and production positions at PolyGram Filmed entertainment, Momentum Pictures and Universal Pictures International.

Richard Nankivell | Chief Financial Officer

Richard Nankivell

Richard joined Screen Australia in October 2010 from City of Ryde where he was Chief Financial Officer. He has an extensive background in finance and administration from his time in local government having held senior management positions in a number of NSW metropolitan and rural councils including City of Ryde, Parramatta City Council, Willoughby City Council, Corowa Council and Boorowa Council. Richard holds an Associate in Local Government Administration and was awarded the Albert Mainard Local Government Scholarship sponsored by the then Town Clerks Society of NSW in 1982.



Tim Phillips

Tim was Legal and Business Affairs Manager at the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) where he was responsible for advising on all aspects of the ACTF's production, funding, distribution and licensing activities. Tim has also worked as an intellectual property lawyer at Minter Ellison, advising media and online businesses, and as a strategist for media buying company emitch Ltd. As a senior investment manager with Screen Australia, Tim has managed large, small and complex television and film productions from development through to distribution and release. His role in developing and administering the multiplatform and online programs at Screen Australia has provided him with an intricate understanding of audience trends and new distribution platforms.

Penny Smallacombe | Head of indigenous

Penny Smallacombe

Penny is a Member of the Maramanindji people, from the Northern Territory. She has completed a cadetship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and has a Masters of Arts (Documentary Producing) from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney. At AFTRS, Penny produced two documentaries - Roger  and A Change of Heart. A Change of Heart was nominated for a Dendy Award and played at several International film festivals including IDFA. Between 2004 and 2005 Penny worked in the Indigenous Programs Unit at the ABC, where she produced and directed for series 6 and 7 of Message Sticks. Penny’s ABC stories Leila Murray and the Long Grassers were nominated for Human Rights awards. Penny also produced the ABC’s highly successful Yarning Up series 1 and 2 and was a part of the Screen Australia Indigenous Department’s Producers Initiative in 2011. She produced a series of shorts called The Forgotten Ones in 2010, directed by prisoners from the NT, and before beginning her role at Screen Australia, Penny was working as a Senior Programmer for NITV, National Indigenous Television, a division of SBS.

Bernadine Lim | Head of Documentary

Bernadine Lim

With more than 20 years’ experience Bernadine joined Screen Australia as Head of Documentary in November 2018. Her work has received several awards including Gold at the New York Festival’s Film and TV awards and an Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts award nomination for Best Direction in a Documentary. She’s produced and directed content for National Geographic, SBS, BSkyB, Discovery International, BBC World, TVNZ, TV3, Network 10 and NBC Universal. She spent five years as Executive Producer of the award-winning series Dateline for SBS Television, commissioning over 100 films including a BAFTA and Walkley award-winner.

Norma Aguilar | HR Manager

Norma Aguilar

Norma Aguilar is a seasoned HR professional bringing 15 years of diverse HR experience that spans across a variety of industries such as Clinical Research, Professional Services and Financial Services locally and abroad. Norma’s areas of specialty include the development and implementation of HR initiatives, talent acquisition and workforce planning. Prior to joining Screen Australia, Norma was with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.