Bunya Media Group employs Penny Smallacombe and grows a new arm

Taking advantage of Covid development support and Screen Australia Enterprise money, Bunya has moved up a level as a production company.

Bunya Media Group had a defining moment on Thursday, 27 May 2021 with a press release which announces that Penny Smallacombe, the Head of the First Nations Department at Screen Australia is to become Penny Smallacombe, producer at Bunya Productions. 

Read more: Indigenous production – new head of program at Screen Australia

Bunya co-owners David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin are both ABC veterans, where they seem to have learnt that a good organisation person with a strong sense of autonomy and a rebellious creative streak is truly valuable. Besides Penny Smallacombe, Bunya is also working with Sophia Zachariou, who had been a senior figure in Screen NSW and an executive producer at the ABC for no less than 14 years. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.