Australian Children's Television Foundation

For the past three decades, the ACTF has helped to develop children’s television policy; distribute and invest in Australian children’s television series; support new, innovative and entertaining children’s media; and develop valuable screen resources for the education sector.

Anna Kamasz

Former ACTF Digital Education Producer

Digital producer, with a passion for telling engaging stories using new technologies. Steve Jobs by day, Bruce Lee by night.

Bernadette O’Mahony

ACTF Head of Development and Production

Bernadette O’Mahony oversees the ACTF’s development, production and distribution activities. She has worked in the film and television industry since the 1980s, and her name is linked to a number of prominent Australian productions including The Henderson Kids, The Flying Doctors, Spotswood, The Man From Snowy River (TV series) and Crackers. Since joining the ACTF, Bernadette has worked on Crash Zone, Legacy of the Silver Shadow, the award-winning series Mortified, Lockie Leonard (Series 1 and 2), Dance Academy (Series, 1, 2 and 3) and My Place (Series 1 and 2), Worst Year of My Life, Again and Bushwhacked!


High School Student

Charlie completed a week of work experience with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation in 2018.

Chris Tompkins

ACTF Legal Manager

Chris has responsibility for the ACTF’s internal legal services (including in relation to development investment and distribution) and government funding. Chris has worked in-house and at law firms in Australia, the UK and New Zealand. Prior to joining the ACTF, Chris set up the legal function at an ASX-listed global sports and media company.

Craig Mathieson

Craig Mathieson has been the film critic for The Sunday Age since March 2012, having previously held the same position for Rolling Stone and The Bulletin. The former magazine editor writes widely on film, music and television, and is still able to quote sizeable chunks of the dialogue from Michael Mann's Heat.

David Tiley

Editor, Screenhub

In his long career, David Tiley has been a researcher, writer and director in documentary, community and corporate education, and a science magazine show for television, both in Australia and the UK, with a side order of script editing in fiction. He has worked for Film Victoria, the former Australian Film Commission, CSIRO, Open Channel, AFTRS and Melbourne University, though the majority of his knockabout professional life has been as a freelancer. Since 2005, he has edited screenhub, and crafted a distinctive mix of curiosity, humour and objectivity. He now calls himself a writer who works in screen media, and admits he is a tragic policy and finance wonk.

Don Groves

Writer, Inside Film Magazine

Don Groves is an experienced entertainment journalist. He writes for Inside Film and C21 Media, and manages the Content Cafe blog for Creative Content Australia. Previously, he spent 24-years working at Variety in both Sydney and London. Don has also worked as an editor and contributing editor of TV Asia Plus, and SBS Film, and as an online movie critic for Australia’s Foxtel and Showtime networks.

Dr. Anna Potter

Senior Researcher at the University of Queensland

Dr Anna Potter spent ten years working in the commercial television industry in London for Rupert Murdoch's PAY TV operation BSkyB, where she specialised in program production and classification. Her main research interests include the production and distribution of children's television, the use of program formats and the production practices of transnational independent production companies. Anna has published in high quality international journals such as Media International Australia, the International Journal of Cultural Studies and the International Journal of Learning.

Ella Barton

ACTF Production Assistant

Ella Barton is the assistant to the ACTF's Head of Development and Production, Bernadette O’Mahony, and handles the day-to-day administrative tasks of the Production department. Ella is also the first point of call for funding and script enquiries.

Holly Tosi

Former ACTF Production Assistant

Holly is the first point of call for funding and script enquiries. She also manages the day to day administrative tasks of the ACTF's Production department.

Janet Holmes à Court

ACTF Board (Chairman)

Janet Holmes a Court is the Chairman of the ACTF Board.  She is passionate about the arts, the environment, children’s television and human rights.  Janet believes that you need to participate in life to get the most out of it.

Janine Kelly

ACTF Curriculum Officer

An experienced primary teacher with a passion for children’s programs and their educational potential, Janine produces teaching and learning resources which complement ACTF content and are aligned to the Australian Curriculum. She provides support for teachers using ACTF materials through workshops, seminars and outreach to schools. Janine has worked in a range of educational settings, including both primary and secondary schools in Australia and overseas.

Jenna Guillaume

Freelance Writer and Editor

Jenna Guillaume is a former editor and writer of BuzzFeed Australia and Girlfriend Magazine. She writes about pop culture, feminism and Australian identity. Jenna is also the author of What I Like About Me, a funny and heartfelt YA rom-com.

Jenny Buckland


Jenny was appointed CEO of the ACTF on July 1, 2002. From the outset, she has played a key role in positioning the ACTF as a national children's media and policy hub, and growing the business to become one of the most successful international marketers of children's television programs. It was Jenny who originally floated the proposal for an Australian children's digital television channel, which culminated in the establishment of ABC3 in 2009. Formerly the General Manager and Marketing Manager of the ACTF, Jenny has extensive experience in television distribution, business, financial and legal affairs.

Julia Fimiani

ACTF Legal and Policy Assistant

Julia’s roles at the ACTF include research into children’s television at both a local and international level as well as other policy related research. Additionally, she also assists with legal matters.

Karl Quinn

Writer, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

Karl is a senior entertainment writer at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. He co-hosts podcast 'The Clappers' and regularly talks film on ABC radio Melbourne with Raf Epstein.

Kim Dalton

ABC Director of Television, 2006-2012

Koa Whittingham, Amy Mitchell and Ben Mitchell

The University of Queensland

Koa Whittingham is a Psychologist and Research Fellow at The University of Queensland, Amy Mitchell is a Research Fellow at The University of Queensland and Ben Mitchell is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland.

Lily Pavlovic

ACTF Digital Communications Officer and Education Coordinator

Lily manages Digital Communications, including content creation for the ACTF's website, eNewsletters, social media profiles and blog. For Education, Lily coordinates webinars and professional learning events. She also provides administrative support for the development and delivery of education resources.

Melody Wilkinson

ACTF Intern

Melody is currently undertaking a communications internship with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. She has recently completed her Master's studies in Global Media Communication at the University of Melbourne.

Michael Carrington

ABC Head of Children's and Education

Millie Holten

Screenwriting Student - Victorian College of the Arts

Millie completed a two week internship with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. She is currently studying screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts.


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Peter Maggs

ACTF Head of Education

Peter Maggs is the Head of Education at the ACTF.  Peter's main role has been to empower teachers and children to become innovative, creative and collaborative digital participants.

Roberta Di Vito

ACTF International Sales Manager

Roberta is a part of our friendly Sales team. She negotiates program sales which see ACTF programs screened all over the world. Roberta manages territories across Asia, Canada, Eastern Europe, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Africa.

Sarah Jones

Former ACTF Education Assistant

Education assistant who has become our webinar extraordinaire. A passionate/compulsive organiser and esports fantasy league legend.

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Mitchell Peter "Mitch" Fifield is an Australian politician. He is a member of the Australian Senate representing the state of Victoria for the Liberal Party since March 2004.

Tim Hegarty

ACTF International Sales Manager

ACTF International Sales Manager, Tim Hegarty, negotiates program sales that see ACTF programs screened all over the world. Tim's distribution territories include the USA, Latin America, Western Europe (excluding Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain), Middle East and the Pacific. 

Wayne Hope and Robyn Butler


Wayne Hope and Robyn Butler are actors, writers, directors and producers who run the Australian production company, Gristmill. Hope and Butler are the creative forces behind popular children’s series including Little Lunch and The Inbestigators. Between them, the duo has co-created, wrote, produced and directed series including The Librarians, Very Small Business and Upper Middle Bogan.