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

Sandra Levy reappointed AFTRS CEO

Media release
2 June 2010
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Minister for the Arts, Peter Garrett, today announced the re-appointment of Sandra Levy as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

“I am delighted Ms Levy has agreed to continue as CEO of AFTRS for a further four years,” Mr Garrett said.

“Ms Levy is an award winning film and television producer. Since her appointment in 2007, she has raised the School’s profile with the industry and the general public. Her strong leadership credentials have led to improved access to the many programs, activities and facilities run by the school.

“Ms Levy has made an invaluable contribution to the Australian cultural sector over many years and in recognition of her achievements was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Macquarie University earlier this year.

“I look forward to her continuing work to ensure the School’s professional education and advanced training in film, television, radio and digital media strengthen the skills base of the film and broadcast industries,” Mr Garrett said.

Ms Levy was appointed CEO of AFTRS in 2007, after a period as Director of Television at the ABC from 2001 to 2005.

Prior to that, she was part of the independent production house Southern Star for 10 years where she produced many programs for both commercial television and ABC TV, most notably five series of Police Rescue for the BBC and ABC, as well as the feature film ‘The Well’, selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Ms Levy was Head of Drama for the ABC from 1987 to 1989. She has previously served as a board member for the Film Finance Corporation, The Australian Film Commission, The Australian Film Television and Radio School, NSW Cultural Management Committee, The Women's Film Fund Panel and is currently Deputy Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company.

For more information about AFTRS visit: www.aftrs.edu.au .

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