Jo Dillon leaves Screen Queensland

A key job emerges at Screen Queensland as Jo Dillon heads off to lead a media startup.
Two women executives

Screen Queensland runs an interesting internal model in which CEO Kylie Munnich is matched with a Chief Creative Officer in Jo Dillon. That role used to be called Executive Vice President – Content when she started in 2014; both titles are crafted to make sense in Hollywood and reflect the role of international productions and overseas deals.

She was celebrated as a former Development Executive at Screen Australia who started in the UK as a journalist and broadcast commentator, became Head of Development for Yipp Films who took the factual company into drama, and worked more widely as a script and story consultant in the indy sector. So, she is driven by development and writing, and now has seven years of experience fitting the development process into domestic and international markets.

She is now leaving Screen Queensland for ‘a new position leading a media startup’, according to the announcement.

‘As an authentic change-maker, the list of Jo’s accomplishments at Screen Queensland is both impressive and impactful, a product of her unstoppable energy, passion for the screen industry and exemplary standards.’

While ‘a full executive search’ is carried out, Dr Belinda Burns will take over the role. She is currently Head of Marketing and Communications. With a PhD in Creative Writing, she

‘brings to the role a wealth of executive-level experience in strategy, marketing and leading creative teams, including General Manager of Olgilvy’s social marketing agency, The Reputation Group, in Melbourne; Associate Director at global PR network Citigate in London; and Director of Communications and Engagement at Brisbane Girls Grammar School.’

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.