Denise Eriksen

Media Mentors Australia - Co-Founder

I bloody love “television”–creative content made for all platforms – and my career has allowed me to play in that particular sandpit for more years than I can remember! I binge watch everything from high-end (and low rent) drama and documentary to factual and reality shows.

I’ve worked as a journalist, producer and Executive Producer around the world-and in brilliant jobs as Head of Factual and Head of Current Affairs at the ABC and Head of Production and Development at SBS.

I regularly consult for international companies setting up in Australia – and I’m currently Development Executive in Australia for Arrow Media UK. In tandem with my production and commissioning career, I’ve made it my mission to ensure that talented people access the training and resources they need to forge their careers. I’ve run courses for the BBC, ITV, ABC, SBS, NITV, TVNZ and RTE. Most recently, I trained journalists and producers in Ho Chi Minh–and worked as co-Director of Make It in Melbourne for AFTRS and Film Vic.

My career highlights? Discovering and nurturing amazing talent, commissioning shows like Choir of Hard Knocks, Executive Producing shows like The Games with John Clarke – and making Eurovision Australian for SBS.

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