Australian Children's Television FoundationFor 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.
Former ACTF Digital Education ProducerDigital producer, with a passion for telling engaging stories using new technologies. Steve Jobs by day, Bruce Lee by night.
ACTF Head of Development and ProductionBernadette 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!
Year 10 StudentCharlie completed a week of work experience with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation in 2018.
Senior Researcher at the University of QueenslandDr 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.
ACTF Production AssistantElla 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.
Former ACTF Production AssistantHolly 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.
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.
ACTF Curriculum OfficerAn 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.
ACTF CEOFormerly the General Manager and Marketing Manager of the ACTF, Jenny has extensive experience in television distribution, business, financial and legal affairs. 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.
ACTF Legal and Policy AssistantJulia’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.
ABC Director of Television, 2006-2012
ACTF Digital Communications Officer and Education CoordinatorLily 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.
ABC Head of Children's and Education
Screenwriting Student - Victorian College of the ArtsMillie completed a two week internship with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. She is currently studying screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts.
ACTF Head of EducationPeter 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.
ACTF International Sales Manager
Negotiator of program sales that see ACTF programs screened all over the world. Roberta is a part of our friendly sales team. She manages Asia, Canada, Eastern Europe, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Africa.