REQUEST Australian Online Video Awards

Online Video Awards: Judges - The 3rd Annual (2016)

  • David Batty

    David Batty

    Batty’s career spans 34 years of writing, producing, directing and shooting documentary throughout most parts of Australia. David’s love for the bush and knowledge of remote Australia has provided fascinating characters and a rich palette to ply his storytelling skills. His films display empathy and rapport derived from deep trust and local knowledge. With seven TV series, five one hours and over two hundred short form docs, David’s films entertain, and give insight into rarefied worlds. Based in Alice Springs for 13 years, then Broome for 12, he lives between his studio in Melbourne and his property on the South Coast of NSW. Batty has a long history of making programs with and for Aboriginal people, beginning in Alice Springs in 1982, where he established the television production unit at the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA). Batty’s is known for his hit television series Bush Mechanics which has now reached cult status. Recent projects include directing Coniston, the story of a massacre in Central Australia and the web series Black AS, which tracks four young men and their adventures across Arnhem Land. David has delivered more than 27 hours of factual content as director, writer, DOP to ABC and SBS.

  • Simon Britton

    Simon Britton

    Simon is publisher of Australia’s leading online screen content e-bulletin ScreenPro (
    He is the founder of the Australian Online Video Awards, launched in 2014. That same year, Simon achieved YouTube Certification to deliver training on Audience Development.
    He is a Board Member of Open Channel and has worked for the AFTRS Centre for Screen Business, focusing on emerging business models for online screen content.
    In addition to these roles, Simon has consulted to or written papers for the South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, and The Australian Film TV and Radio School.
    Organisations that Simon has conducted workshops for include SPA, The Media Resource Centre, Open Channel, RMIT, Monash University, UCLA, AFTRS and the St Kilda Film Festival.
    Topics presented include crowd funding, development paths for creators and online distribution.
    Simon consults on screen projects and works with content creators to develop strategies for online delivery of their work.
    In a previous life, he worked as a radio producer and presenter for the ABC, writer for The Age and a music co-ordinator for feature films.

  • Jason Byrne

    Jason Byrne

    Melbourne established award-winning Producer Jason Byrne stands tall in the prime producers’ arena nationally and internationally. Byrne’s range of experience has embodied puppetry, animation, hi-end television commercials, experiential media, award winning short films, documentaries and feature films.
    In 2014, Byrne completed the humorous web series called How to Talk Australians (dir. Tony Rogers), which to date, has attracted well over 3 million YouTube viewers. With outstanding success the web series is being developed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to become a television series.


  • Mike Cowap

    Mike Cowap

    Mike has been a Development Manager with Screen Australia and a Project Manager with the Australian Film Commission since 2005, with responsibilities across animation, digital media, feature film, television series and documentary. Prior to this, Mike worked with the animation studio Monkeystack, where he produced 2D/3D animation and VFX for television commercials and shorts, and mobile phone content, documentary, websites and games. As Manager of Industry Development at the South Australian Film Corporation, Mike was responsible for programs and initiatives designed to strengthen South Australia’s film, television and digital media industries. Prior to emigrating from the UK in early 2003, Mike was coordinator of the short film initiatives and related training at the UK Film Council. Mike took this position after working for a number of years in independent feature film and television production in the UK.

  • Jo Dillon

    Jo Dillon

    JO has worked in Development & Production, overseeing investment in Australian and co-produced fiction and factual screen stories for all platforms, and the development of projects and creative talent. She has developed screen stories in Australia and the UK for more than ten years, most recently as a Development Executive for Screen Australia. In the UK, Jo was Head of Development at Emmy-winning production company Yipp Films, responsible for developing factual narratives for network television and establishing the company’s first drama slate. She worked in development for independent feature film producers including Ipso Facto Productions and Vita Nova Films, as a script and story consultant working on feature films, shorts and documentaries, and as an assessor for a number of UK investors and screen agencies.

  • Kylie Eddy

    Kylie Eddy

    Kylie Eddy is the Co-founder of Lean Filmmaking, an agile process for creating content, and runs the largest filmmaking meetup group in Australia. She spent the last decade writing/directing/producing films including a micro-budget feature called “This Kiss” that screened at festivals around the world. She has a B.A. in Media Studies and post-graduate diploma in Screenwriting from RMIT. She is also experienced in distribution having worked at Walt Disney Studios in marketing and at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival as General Manager.

  • Ruari Elkington

    Ruari Elkington

    Dr Ruari Elkington is an Associate Lecturer within the School of Creative Practice at QUT. His teaching and research focus on documentary, digital video and distribution centered models of film study. Ruari spent a decade working in screen content acquisition and has worked with Antidote Films, Cinema Ventures, Beamafilm and Film Platform across all rights from theatrical to airline. In addition to his academic publishing he has written extensively for screen industry news site Screenhub, has contributed as a jury member for the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and judge for the Antenna Documentary Film Festival and the Asia Pacific Screen Award

  • Richard Fabb

    Richard Fabb

    Richard is Creative Director of LiveLab, the commercial production arm of Griffith Film School. 
    Originally from the UK, he is a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-winning producer.
    Before joining Griffith he spent 25 years working in broadcast television, across most genres: news, current affairs,
    documentary, comedy, entertainment and discussion. 
    In Australia he worked mostly for Andrew Denton's production company, Zapruder's other films.
    He has produced programs for the BBC, Channel 4, RTE, the ABC, SBS, the Comedy Channel, Channel Seven and Channel Ten.

  • Marc Gracie

    Marc Gracie

     Marc Gracie is an Australian writer, producer and director of films and television, best known for his work in the comedy field. In 2009 he won the 2009 Melbourne Underground Film Festival Best Director award for The Tumbler. He directed the original Wogs Out of Work stage production.

  • Rebecca Heap

    Rebecca Heap

    Rebecca is Head of TV Strategy and Digital Products at the ABC and has broad media experience across commercial, strategy and content roles. Rebecca is responsible for the strategic direction of ABC Television in addition to managing iview and the ABC’s suite of children’s digital products.

  • Rosie Lourde

    Rosie Lourde

    Rosie is a cross-platform actor/producer. Multiplatform series STARTING FROM NOW has reached over 30 million views online and sold to broadcast television station SBS2 in early 2016. Rosie received development funding through Screen Australia’s Gender Matters initiative to develop long-form TV series TORN as well as funding from Screen NSW to develop VR series BREACH. Her first project, multi-award-winning feature SKIN DEEP, received an Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Feature at the Austin Film Festival and had a limited cinema release in early 2016. In 2015, Rosie was a Screen NSW Emerging Producer as well as a Screen Producers Association Australia Ones to Watch.

  • Jehan Ratnatunga

    Jehan Ratnatunga

    Jehan is Global Head of Programming - YouTube Red Originals, Google

  • Kirsty Stark

    Kirsty Stark

    Kirsty Stark is a Producer at Epic Films in Adelaide, whose work includes Goober [ABC iview], A Month of Sundays [feature] and Wastelander Panda: Exile [ABC iview]. Kirsty's innovative approach to production saw Epic Films awarded SPA's Breakthrough Production Business of the Year in 2016. She has presented workshops and keynotes at a wide range of film schools, guilds and festivals, including SXSW and TEDxAdelaide, leading to her developing Epic Film Courses, a series of online courses designed to help accelerate your film career.

  • Daniel Stephenson

    Daniel Stephenson

    Daniel Stephenson works for YouTube as Content Partnerships Manager, working with the largest content creators in Australia & New Zealand. His role is to help these creators build their brand and achieve success on the platform.

  • Elise Strachan

    Elise Strachan

    Elise Strachan has become a household name in the world of sweets, attracting the attention and hearts of millions with her Social Media and YouTube channel My Cupcake Addiction. Australian born, with an impressive background as a trained pastry chef, Elise’s engaging personality has her living the motto that “Life is Sweet.” This animated mother of two shares her passion for everything from how to bake it, craft it and style it up to create the ultimate festive occasion, with time, kid-friendly & money saving tips along the way. An avid traveler, Elise also shares her adventures of discovering the world’s most delectable desserts and showing her fans the must-go places to get them. Elise shares her most sensational and delicious dessert recipes and innovative entertaining tips in her new cookbook Sweet! Celebrations in stores now and her new television show, "Sweet Smarts" aired this fall on Food Network.

  • Enzo Tedeschi

    Enzo Tedeschi

     As co-founder of Distracted Media, Enzo Tedeschi created internet smash hit movie THE TUNNEL together with Julian Harvey, Australia's first crowd-funded feature film which was released for free online to an audience of over 15 million. The project earned the producing duo a SPAA Award for "Breakthrough Independent Producers of The Year" in 2011. Enzo's body of producing work includes the award-winning epic online series EVENT ZERO, and feature documentaries The Crossing, Food Matters, and Hungry For Change.
    Enzo's directing career is also beginning to flourish with the feature length remake of EVENT ZERO die for release in 2017.


  • Ros Walker

    Ros Walker

    Ros Walker has recently joined FTI as Director, Screen Production. Her producing and line-producing credits include the feature films Peaches and Big Momma’s Boy, children’s comedy series You’re Skitting Me II and documentaries Not Quite Hollywood and Jabbed- Love, Fear and Vaccines.  

    Ros was Manager of Film Victoria from 1998 to 2004 and established the producing stream at the VCA School of Film and Television. She was Victorian Chapter Head for SPA and a member of the Victorian Working Party for eight years, working with the guilds and government on industry policy. 

  • Clare Winterbourn

    Clare Winterbourn

    Clare Winterbourn is the current founding partner & head of branding and strategy for Valleyarm Digital, one of Australia's leading digital management agencies.
    With expertise in social evolution, brand strategy & implementation, Clare has quickly become a prolific and integral part in the launch of highly successful campaign activations.
    From having one affluent content creator, to representing over 70 of Australia's most influential creators, Clare Winterbourn has cemented her knowledge and ability within the ever changing digital space.