Michael Ebeid Named Screen Australia Chair


Michael Ebeid has been appointed as the new chair of the Screen Australia board, with Megan Brownlow reappointed as deputy chair.

Ebeid will take over from outgoing chair Nicholas Moore, whose third term ends on March 30.

Ebeid was initially appointed to the Screen Australia board in July 2023. He was previously the CEO and managing director of SBS, group executive at Telstra and, in 2017, was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the broadcast media and multicultural affairs. He is currently a non-executive director of the Sydney Opera House and BAI Communications.

Ebeid said, “I’m honored and excited to chair Screen Australia as we navigate the dynamic landscape of evolving audience behavior, shifting consumption trends and the multifaceted challenges confronting the screen and production industry to ensure it continues to thrive.

“As content and technology increasingly intersect, Screen Australia plays a vital role in the health of our screen sector, not just in nurturing local talent, but also in ensuring Australian stories and culture are preserved through compelling productions that resonate with both Australian and international audiences.

“Looking ahead, I am dedicated to playing a key role in supporting the growth and development of the Australian screen industry, which not only contributes substantially to our economy but also serves as a cultural ambassador on the global stage. Aligned with the government’s vision outlined in the National Cultural policy, Revive, Screen Australia stands as a crucial pillar in realizing that vision, and I am eager to contribute to its ongoing success.”

Screen Australia CEO Deirdre Brennan said, “I’m delighted to welcome Michael as our new chair, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to further support the Australian screen industry. The executive team look forward to working with Michael to provide continued leadership and vision for the organization. With Michael’s extensive experience in media and technology, his dedication to Australian storytelling will continue the rich culture of innovation and investment in the Australian screen sector.

“On behalf of the board and the Screen Australia team, our sincere thanks go to Nicholas Moore for his dedication and contribution as chair. Nicholas has supported the agency through nine years of a constantly evolving industry, and has overseen significant investment in Australian stories.”