With a background in TV production and commissioning, Courtney has worked as CEO of Screen NSW, Managing Director of Jungle Entertainment, Programming Production Executive at the Nine Network, Director of Programmes at Southern Star, Executive Head of Content Creation at ABC TV, Head of Arts, Entertainment and Comedy at ABC TV and a Commissioning Editor of Documentaries at SBS Independent.

As CEO of Screen NSW Courtney introduced a raft of policies which delivered gender parity in key creative roles for women in TV in 2016 and was awarded the 2017 Cecil Holmes Award by the Australian Directors Guild in recognition of this. In this role she also introduced the Screenability programme for practitioners with disability.

While at the ABC Courtney commissioned a range of highly successful programmes including Spicks & Specks, At The Movies with Margaret & David, We Can be Heroes, Summer Heights High, Q&A, The Chaser’s War on Everything and The Book Club with Jennifer Byrne. At the Nine Network Courtney managed the productions Married at First Sight, Australia’s Got Talent and The Great Australian Bake Off. In her time as CEO of Screen NSW Courtney was instrumental in attracting major international productions including Peter Rabbit, Jackie Chan’s Bleeding Steel and Ridley Scott’s Alien Covenant to the state.

Courtney is Chair of the Screen Diversity Inclusion Network (SDIN) and serves on the board of Australians in Film, a foundation that promotes Australian screen talent and culture in the US and operates the Heath Ledger Scholarship. She is the inaugural Chair of the UTS Media Industry Advisory Board, serves on the board of the Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) in Western Sydney, and is on the advisory board of Bus Stop Films, which provides training and opportunities for screen practitioners with intellectual disabilities. As CEO, SAFC Courtney also serves on the board of Ausfilm.




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The insiders view of how to tell and sell Australian stories for global audiences on the Netflix platform, with creators and finance partners from ABC-Netflix coproduction Pine Gap and Tidelands, the first Netflix original commissioned by the streaming giant in Australia. MODERATOR Sandy George, Journalist & Researcher PRODUCER Jo Dillon, EVP Content, Screen Queensland Brought to you […]