John Godfrey worked for 10 years in UK, series/exec producing for Channel 4/BBC2. He has been in Australia 16 years, was Head of SBS Documentaries and is now Head of SBS Unscripted, overseeing documentaries, factual entertainment, food and entertainment. He has been responsible for some of SBS’s highest rating and best known shows including Go Back To Where You Came From, First Contact, Struggle Street, and Filthy Rich And Homeless.


John is hosting a roundtable on “Unscripted content – docos, factual, factual entertainment and entertainment”.

Ready, Steady, Pitch!

Everything we commission in SBS Documentaries must reflect our Charter and explore multicultural Australia. Our Charter makes us distinctive and gives us a clear vision, this vision is enhanced by 4 key values: To provoke debate, push boundaries, surprise audiences, and inspire change. This ensures bold and distinctive documentaries that would only play on SBS.  We only commission hour long documentaries, either as singles or series.


Head of Unscripted