Acclaimed TV producer and SBS’s Head of Scripted, Sue Masters, has announced her departure after five years leading the broadcaster’s commissioned drama offering.
During her time, Sue honoured SBS’s tradition of commissioning daring and distinctive drama, with the focus on telling stories of diverse Australia, giving a voice to communities rarely featured on Australian screens, and supporting the development of the next generation of Australian creative talent.
Sue departs SBS at a time when its local drama commissions are receiving widespread critical acclaim and international recognition, including Safe Harbour winning Best Movie/Mini-Series at the recent International Emmy Awards, Robbie Hood securing an AACTA Award for Best Online Drama or Comedy and The Hunting, for Best Screenplay in Television and Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama.. The Hunting, starring Asher Keddie and Richard Roxburgh, is the most successful home-grown drama in SBS’s history.
Sue has helped maintain SBS’s strong reputation for captivating and provocative local drama with an enviable slate of highly distinctive shows including The Principal, The Family Law (three seasons), Deep Water, Sunshine, Dead Lucky, On The Ropes and the highly anticipated four-part supernatural drama Hungry Ghosts, airing in 2020.
Sue is departing SBS at the end of the year to pursue independent drama development, but she will continue to work across some key SBS initiatives, including The R.I.D.E Feature Film Fund, a feature film project and partnership with Screen Queensland, and Digital Originals, a short form content initiative with Screen Australia; both aimed at providing tangible opportunities for creatives from backgrounds underrepresented in the Australian screen sector.
Director of TV and Online Content, Marshall Heald said: “Sue has had a lasting impact on SBS, and I’d like to thank her significant contribution to our network, but also to all of our screens. Sue’s genuine love for and understanding of powerful Australian stories, her passion and advocacy for diversity, and unparalleled talent and tenacity are second to none. She has been instrumental in building on SBS’s strong reputation for local drama, with an enviable slate of highly distinctive and award-winning shows, including Safe Harbour, The Family Law, Robbie Hood and The Hunting. We wish Sue all the best for the future and look forward to our paths crossing through her work with the independent production sector, as well as consulting for SBS.”
SBS Head of Scripted, Sue Masters said: “I fell in love with the Charter soon after joining SBS, it’s the heart and soul of everything we do. I’m thrilled with what we’ve achieved over the past five years and the success we’ve had in introducing new faces and voices to Australian screens. It’s been a privilege to work here and I will remain a lifelong advocate of the beautiful work they do.”
Until recruitment for the position commences in 2020, Amanda Duthie has joined SBS as Acting Head of Drama. Prior to being the Head of Production & Development & Studios at the South Australian Film Corporation, Amanda was previously the Creative Director/CEO of the Adelaide Film Festival and Head of Arts & Entertainment at ABC, delivering an array of original, award-winning fiction, documentary and VR content.
SBS Acting Head of Scripted, Amanda Duthie, said: “I am thrilled to be working on the dynamic fiction slate at SBS, led by Marshall Heald and nurtured by the Queen of scripted drama, the legendary Sue Masters. I’m looking forward to welcoming a new wave of projects in development and working on the unique and highly acclaimed SBS production slate.”