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ABOUT US

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DENISE ERIKSEN

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I bloody love “television” – creative content made for all platforms – and my career has allowed me to play in that particular sandpit for more years than I can remember! I binge watch everything from high-end (and low rent) drama and documentary to factual and reality shows.

 

I’ve worked as a journalist, producer and Executive Producer around the world - and in brilliant jobs as Head of Factual and Head of Current Affairs at the ABC and Head of Production and Development at SBS.

 

I regularly consult for international companies setting up in Australia.

 

In tandem with my production and commissioning career, I’ve made it my mission to ensure that talented people access the training and resources they need to forge their careers. I’ve run courses for the BBC, ITV, ABC, SBS, NITV, TVNZ and RTE. Most recently, I trained journalists and producers in Ho Chi Minh–and worked as co-Director of Make It in Melbourne for AFTRS and Film Vic.

 

My career highlights? Making shows that audiences love, create careers or educate while entertaining. Oh – and bringing Australia’s own Eurovision broadcasts to SBS.

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ESTHER
COLEMAN-HAWKINS

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I’m a smart, creative and innovative producer with a wealth of worldwide programming experience. From the award-winning Revolution School for ABC1 to the Logie-nominated Last Chance Saloon, my goal is to bring intimate stories to life with insight and humour.

 

I’m also a long-standing, and enthusiastic, veteran of development. I thrive with the challenge of turning an exciting idea into a successful TV series. Some of my favourite success stories are Luke Warm Sex, Secrets of Our Suburbs and House of Food Obsessives.

 

Alongside two decades of program making, I love coaching and mentoring people both inside and beyond the media industry.  I’ve helped people kick start their projects and revamp, restart or change careers.  I’m driven by the fact that I love working and I think, given how much of our lives most us of spend at work, that we need to do something that meets our needs.

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JEANIE
DAVISON

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I’ve worked in “the biz” for over 20 years and joined Media Mentors as General Manager in Feb '24 to grow our suite of workshops, events and initiatives helping above-the-line creatives pursue great careers in the screen industry. 

 

 As a Producer and Executive Producer, I spent 10 years in London making films and TV series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Channel Five, before taking on Head of Factual and Head of Development roles for leading production companies in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and the UK. I’ve delivered projects for many international broadcasters - Discovery, History Channel, National Geographic, ABC and Seven (Australia), TVNZ and TV3 (New Zealand) and Netflix, to name but a few! 

 

I’ve worn many other “hats in my career including Investment & Development Manager at Screen Australia and industry development roles at Screenworks and AFTRS. Im also an experienced Field Producer/Director, leading TV and digital projects in Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East for global NGOs UNICEF, Amnesty International and Comic Relief. Recently I’ve been co-Exec Producing a new series with an A-list talent whose credits include Deadpool and Welcome To Wrexham.

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