New Chair of Screen Australia Board

The Albanese Labor Government has today announced the appointment of Mr Michael Ebeid AM as Chair of the Screen Australia Board, and the reappointment of Ms Megan Brownlow as Deputy Chair.

Both appointees bring a wealth of industry experience to their roles.

Screen Australia is the Government’s primary body that supports the development of a creative, innovative and commercially sustainable Australian production industry.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke:

“Modern Australia is alive on our screens.

“Screen Australia is integral to telling those stories.

“Both of these appointments will help secure the future of Screen Australia.

“Importantly that means we can hear and see Australian stories that are yet to be told.

“I thank the outgoing Chair, Nicholas Moore, for his impressive leadership since 2015.”

Quotes attributable to incoming Chair of Screen Australia, Michael Ebeid:

"I'm honoured and excited to Chair Screen Australia as we navigate the dynamic landscape of evolving audience behaviour, shifting consumption trends and the multifaceted challenges confronting the screen and production industry to ensure it continues to thrive.

“As content and technology increasingly intersect, Screen Australia plays a vital role in the health of our screen sector, not just in nurturing local talent, but also in ensuring Australian stories and culture are preserved through compelling productions that resonate with both Australian and international audiences.  

“Looking ahead, I am dedicated to playing a key role in supporting the growth and development of the Australian screen industry, which not only contributes substantially to our economy but also serves as a cultural ambassador on the global stage.”

Michael Ebeid AM’s extensive experience includes more than three decades in the media, technology, and telecommunications sectors. From 2011 to 2018, he was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of SBS and was previously Group Executive at Telstra. In 2017, Mr Ebeid was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the broadcast media and multicultural affairs. He is currently a non-executive director of the Sydney Opera House and BAI Communications. Mr Ebeid was appointed as a member of the Screen Australia Board on 14 July 2023.

Megan Brownlow has over 25 years’ experience in media and marketing. Ms Brownlow is currently the Principal of Housten consulting and was previously a partner with PWC and the National Leader of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Industry Practice. As well as being Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee for Screen Australia, Megan is Deputy Chair of the Media Federation of Australia, Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the School of Communications, UTS and a non-executive director of video technology company Atomos (ASX:AMS).  Ms Brownlow has served as Deputy Chair of the Screen Australia Board since 14 March 2017.

More information about Screen Australia can be found here.