Media Matters Seminar Series 2017: Gender Matters in Australian TV

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Date(s) - 28/08/2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Building B, B.537 (Theatrette)

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School of Media, Film and Journalism

Media Matters Seminar Series 2017

Welcome to Media Matters, the School of Media, Film and Journalism seminar series. Media increasingly shapes cultures, industries, markets and values in different ways, in a time when understandings of news, media entertainment and media work experience profound shifts. Media Matters is a forum designed to explore contemporary debates and challenges of current media landscapes, employing combinations of media disciplines, expertise and industries.


Gender Matters in Australian TV


Chair: Associate Professor Therese Davis (MFJ)

Amanda Lotz, Professor of Communication Studies and Screen Arts and Cultures (University of Michigan) 

Susie Cortez, Strategy & Operations Liaison (Screen Australia)

Claire Perkins, Senior Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies (MFJ)


Gender matters in Australian TV

Who is telling Australian stories on TV? And whose stories are being told? Are women adequately represented in key creative roles and positions of influence in the Australian screen industry? Why are women screen creatives faring better in television than film? How does this compare internationally?

The issue of gender bias in the screen industry is back on the agenda in Australia and internationally. Despite approaches by Screen Australia, state agencies and industry guilds over the years, the level of women’s participation in key sectors of this industry continues to track along at the low percentages we saw in the 1970s. A lot of us in film and media studies are asking why. We’re also shifting attention away from the big screen of feature filmmaking to the small screens of TV and online screen formats where women are participating at higher levels.

This panel will debate current trends, policy and strategies, including Screen Australia’s recent five point, 5-million-dollar strategic plan, Gender Matters. Panelists will also discuss these issues and initiatives affecting Australian women screen creatives in the international context of global TV.