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7.30am - 9.00am

ASTRA Women in Television Breakfast presented by MCN
Margaret Pomeranz - Film Reviewer & Presenter, Foxtel
Marta Dusseldorp - Actor A Place to Call Home, Foxtel
Maggie Beer - Judge The Great Australian Bake Off, Foxtel

Hear inspiring women share the stories of their successful careers in television.


9.35am - 9.45am

Local Jobs, Australian Content: Chairman’s Welcome - Tony Shepherd AO, ASTRA Chairman

9.45am - 10.15am

Keynote Address: Peter Tonagh, CEO, Foxtel
Six months into his role, Foxtel’s new CEO will provide an update on new initiatives underway at Australia’s largest subscription television platform.

10.25am - 10.55am

PANEL - Total Television: Growing A Stronger Sector
Paul McIntyre, MCN (moderator)
John O’Mahony, Deloitte
Kurt Burnette, Think TV
Mark Buckman, Foxtel

Pay and free television have finally united to create a new joint body to promote television as a powerful advertising medium.      
Hear from television leaders about the thinking behind the new organisation.

​11.00am - 11.30am 

Morning tea and coffee break

11.30am - 12.00pm 

PANEL - Breaking News: The Remaking Of Television News
Laura Jayes, Sky News (moderator)
Andrew Bolt, Sky News
Kristina Keneally, Sky News
Paul Murray, Sky News

Over twenty years SKY NEWS has transformed news and public affairs broadcasting in Australia. Hear our all-star panel share how Australia’s premier 24/7 news channels have made the difference. 

12.00pm - 12.30pm

Cover The Field: Sports Television Leadership - Patrick Delany, CEO Fox Sports
Fox Sports leader will share how brand new innovations in programming and coverage are cementing the network’s position as Australia’s leading producer of sports television coverage.

12.40pm - 1.10pm

PANEL - Australian Drama In A Global Market
Ross Crowley, Foxtel (moderator) 
Penny Win, Foxtel
Penny Chapman, Matchbox
Kylie du Fresne, Goalpost
Jacqui Feeney, Fox International

As the world moves quickly to global delivery, how do Australian stories and Australian productions fit into the new viewing marketplace. What needs to change and what needs to be kept whole. 

1.10pm - 2.10pm

Lunch Panel - I Own Australia’s Best Home
James Manning, Mediaweek (moderator) 
Hannah Barnes, The Lifestyle Group
Beth Hart, Creative Director Fremantle 
Gillian Khaw, Interior Designer
Nick Tobias, Architect
Tim Leveson, Interior Designer

Foxtel unveils the latest lifestyle insights, trends and content. Plus an in-depth discussion with the cast and executives behind the new Lifestyle Home series I Own Australia’s Best Home.

2.10pm - 2.15pm

ASTRA Channel of the Year Award presented by ASTRA Chairman Tony Shepherd

2.15pm - 2.45pm

Keynote Address: Michael Mosley, BBC TV 

Dr Michael Mosley has been at the BBC for thirty years; 10 years as an award winning director, 10 years as an executive producer of some of the BBC’s biggest science and history global hits, then 10 years as a presenter. He is also the inventor of a new diet (the 5:2 diet) and author of three international best selling books. So how did he make the transition from behind the camera to in front of it? And how can television make the most of our obsession with health and fitness?

2.45pm - 3.15pm

In with the new: meet the next generation producers
Rebecca Preuss, MTV
Adele Vuko, Skit Box
Brian Cobb, Horizon
Peter Noble, Disney
Deanne Weir, Foxtel (moderator)

Meet the next generation of content makers producing short-form content for the web. What do their innovative production techniques and distribution models teach us about the future of television?

3.20pm - 3.45pm - Afternoon tea and coffee break

3.50pm - 4.20 pm

A - Ratings roadmap: measuring the audience
Doug Peiffer, OzTAM
Monique Perry, Nielsen
Mark Brandon, MCN 
Paul McIntyre, MCN (moderator)

Innovation is finally enabling the sector to better measure catch-up and multi-screen viewing. But what are the latest figures telling us about viewer behaviour and the future of the industry?


B - Media reform in the age of populist politics
Bruce Meagher, Foxtel
James Paterson, Senator for Victoria
Richard Bean, ACMA
James Pearson, ACCI
Megan Brownlow, PwC (moderator)

After the 2016 federal election will Australia finally achieve media reform to unlock growth and the jobs of the future? What are the essential elements of reform and what role should regulators play?

4.30pm - 5.00pm

A - Agility, Big Data & the Death of Demography 
Ellen Baron, Ruby Cha Cha (moderator)
Mark Brandon, MCN
Brigitte Slattery, The Lifestyle Group 
Susie Heath, Foxtel

Agility, Big Data and Millennials are all the buzz in research worlds. We look at what this means and will invite a panel discussion on its implications. Through a short session we will touch on how television research needs to respond in 2016.  


B - Culture in STV: Do you have the skills for 2025? 
Raymond Padora, Foxtel 
Patricia Powell-Hughes, EP Australia 
Simone Shugg, Foxtel 
Mandy Pattinson, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific

Technology may be changing fast, but keeping abreast of technical change won’t guarantee success. Your future career will require brand new ways of thinking and working with others. Find out what it’s going to be like working in television in 2025.


Drinks Reception - Sponsored by Viacom