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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

New Chair for Australian Film, Television & Radio School

Media release
16 November 2009
PG/369

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Minister for the Arts Peter Garrett today announced the appointment of Mr Michael Smellie as Chair of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) Council.

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Smellie to the AFTRS," Mr Garrett said.

“With more than 25 years experience in the music industry Mr Smellie has held finance and management positions with a range of international music businesses including Sony BMG and Polygram (now part of Universal) in Australia, Brazil and the United Kingdom. He was appointed Managing Director for BMG in Australasia in 1993 and then Head of the Asia/Pacific Region for the organisation.

“In 2001 Mr Smellie was appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for BMG worldwide and in 2004 for Sony BMG. From 2006 to 2008 Mr Smellie was President of Media Development, Asia Pacific for German media group Bertelsmann.

“Mr Smellie brings valuable business and financial expertise to the AFTRS Council having played a significant role in the global music industry,” Mr Garrett said.

Mr Smellie has been appointed for a three year term and will replace Mr Peter Ivany AM as Chair.

“I want to acknowledge Mr Ivany's leadership and dedicated service over the last three years. In particular, I want to thank him for his work which resulted in the establishment of the School's new state-of-the-art facilities at Moore Park,” Mr Garrett said.

AFTRS is the Australian Government's national centre for professional education and advanced training in film, television and radio.

AFTRS provides advanced education and training for talented students through a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate award courses in the screen arts and broadcasting, as well as running a national Open Program of vocationally focused short courses for industry professionals and to meet the training needs of industry.

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