With 20 years of experience as a development producer, screenwriter, and project manager in film, television, theatre, and public art, Mary is dedicated to the development of strong, authentic, audacious ideas.  In her current role at SBS Mary is an avid advocate for the support of new and emerging screenwriters for TV drama.

Her feature credits include The Silence (writer), nominated by AWG for best Original Screen Play, produced by Jan Chapman Films in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and No End In Sight (associate producer), Academy Award nominee, produced by Representational Pictures.  Her screenplays have been shortlisted for the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab and the New York Women in Film & Television Writer’s Lab (sponsored by Meryl Streep) and funded by Film Victoria and Screen Australia.

Mary is excited to be a part of the SBS Scripted team dedicated to commissioning distinct, provocative, entertaining television drama.


Mary is hosting a Roundtable focused on Scripted Drama as SBS.

Ready, Steady, Pitch!

We’re looking for unique ideas that reflect our SBS charter and explore multiculturalism and diversity in ways we’ve rarely seen on Australian television.

Although we don’t have specific genre requirements, we prefer contemporary Australian stories and want cross-platform event drama that promotes social cohesion, sustains 4 hours of television, and instantly generates water cooler conversation.

We encourage bold content producers to think outside the box – to focus on ways to provoke with purpose, push boundaries, surprise an audience, and inspire positive change.


Script Executive - Scripted

Marshall Heald, Director of TV and Online, In Conversation with Paul McIntyre, Media & Marketing Journalist then joined by SBS Commissioning team. PRODUCER Nicky Ruscoe, Development Producer, ABC