Contact: Joseph MaxwellRegion: Australia

Title: Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, SBS
Genre: Factual
Region: Australia

About Channel

SBS is a public service broadcaster with a charter of exploring and promoting cultural diversity and social cohesion. Documentary/factual commissions must have some Australian content and explore some issue of cultural diversity, preferably Australian cultural diversity. SBS was founded on the belief that all Australians, regardless of geography, age, cultural background or language skills should have access to high quality, independent, culturally-relevant Australian media. At SBS we are bound together by a vision for programs that have meaning and make a difference; we share a passion for what we do and a set of principles that guide our progress.  



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Looking For

Our commissions 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

International co-productions are a priority, and tend to be science documentaries. Science is one area where, through necessity, we expand our remit beyond multicultural Australia. This makes it all the more important for our science documentaries to embody our commissioning values and ensure that they are truly distinctive. 

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Prior to his role as Commissioning Editor for SBS Australia, Joseph Maxwell developed, directed and produced high-end, prime-time documentaries for most of the major broadcasters in Britain and America. He also set up and ran his own production company and credits include 9/11: THE FIREMEN’S Story, Gold Medal winner at the New York Film Festival. He started as Commissioning Editor, Documentaries at SBS in January 2012. His slate includes a wide range of Australian Science and History Documentaries and a raft of international co-productions.