SBS and Australian screen agencies launch diversity initiative

SBS and five of Australia’s screen agencies, including Film Victoria, Create NSW, Screen Queensland, Screenwest and South Australian Film Corporation, have created a ‘Short-Form Content Initiative’ to increase the industry opportunities available for diverse communities.

The new diversity initiative aims to improve the career development opportunities for underrepresented groups including those from multicultural, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island and LGBTI communities.

The Short-Form Content Initiative will see SBS and screen agencies work with creative teams from underrepresented communities to create, produce and deliver content projects which will be aired on SBS’ streaming platform, SBS On Demand.

Marshall Heald, director of TV and online content, said in a statement: “Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world; however multiple studies have demonstrated a lack of diversity within the sector.

“The stories we tell and the talent that we foster at all levels of production should reflect the diversity of our communities.

“The new Short-Form Content Initiative further strengthens SBS’s commitment to growing diversity in the screen sector, encourages greater collaboration with screen agencies to support the local creative industry and ultimately, will influence how we tell stories on screen.”


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