Lauren Hillman

C44 General Manager Lauren Hillman appointed to SAFC board

Channel 44 General Manager Lauren Hillman has been appointed to the board of the South Australian Film Corporation.

The appointment recognises the substantial experience as a TV producer that Ms Hillman brought to C44, her achievements in leading a now-thriving community broadcaster through significant challenges, and the role that community TV plays in supporting the South Australian screen sector through training and opportunities for diverse and emerging screen makers.

Ms Hillman has over 17 years of screen and media industry experience through her role with C44, including the launch of community TV streaming platform and app CTV+, and work as a producer on ABC shows including Gardening Australia, Poh’s Kitchen and Maggie Beer’s Christmas Feast.

“I am completely honoured to be joining the SAFC board,” Ms Hillman said. “I have always held the SAFC in the highest regards since graduating from screen at Flinders University in 2000. I am really looking forward to contributing to the future thinking and shaping of our thriving local industry and championing the enormous talent pool our state has to offer.”

Also joining the SAFC board are business and screen leaders Shouwn Oosting and Angela Heesom.

  • Shouwn Oosting – Mr Oosting is a Waanyi Garrwa descendent and has over 20 years of experience working in both the Federal and State Public Sector with a focus on Aboriginal affairs policy coordination and program delivery. Currently working at KSJ Consulting Service, Mr Oosting delivers Aboriginal engagement consultancy services to a diverse range of clients across industry sectors including South Australian Government, construction, water, training, community, arts and screen sectors.
  • Angela Heesom – Ms Heesom is a multi award-winning film industry veteran who established South Australia’s first dedicated casting agency in 2000, and has around 100 casting credits to date. These include well-known feature films, TV series, documentaries and TV commercials, including Mortal Kombat, Aftertaste, Storm Boy, and the Wolf Creek movies and TV series.


Following the resignation of SAFC Chair Julie Cooper this month, current board member Miriam Silva AM has been appointed interim Chair until the appointment of a new Chair. Rebecca Summerton will also leave the board upon the completion of her term on 11 December 2022.

Minister for Arts Andrea Michaels MP said, “Congratulations to the new appointees to the SAFC board. Their individual expertise and collective experience will provide fresh perspective and help to steer the SAFC into the future.

Ms Hillman’s extensive time at Channel 44 will add invaluable experience to the board. Mr Oosting – who is currently on the SAFC’s First Nations Screen Advisory and Reconciliation Action Plan committees – brings a wealth of experience in both the private and public sector. Ms Heesom’s experience – including setting up the state’s first dedicated casting agency more than 20 years ago – will also be an asset for the SAFC.

“I also want to congratulate Miriam Silva AM on her appointment as interim Chair – her experience on the board will help as the new appointees settle into their roles.

“My thanks to outgoing presiding member Julie Cooper for the valuable contribution that she has made during her time as Chair, and also to outgoing board member Rebecca Summerton, whose term on the board concludes.”

SAFC CEO Kate Croser said, “As the SAFC’s 50th anniversary year draws to a close I am pleased to welcome these three new members to the SAFC Board, who each bring invaluable knowledge and experience in their fields: seasoned screen industry members Angela Heesom, of Heesom Casting, Lauren Hillman, of Channel 44, and business consultant and current SAFC First Nations Screen Advisory Committee member Shouwn Oosting. I look forward to working with them to continue bolstering the SAFC’s support of the South Australian screen sector.

“I am also delighted to continue working with long-serving SAFC Board member Miriam Silva AM as she takes on the role of interim Chair. With more than 20 years’ experience across multiple industries and sectors, and extensive Board experience across organisations and agencies both in SA and interstate, Miriam has always brought a wealth of knowledge and skill to the SAFC Board, and I look forward to her steering the agency with continued stability in this interim role while the recruitment process is underway for a new Chair.

“I once again thank outgoing Chair Julie Cooper for her leadership, and for her significant contribution to strengthening the SAFC and ensuring strong support for the SA screen sector. I also thank outgoing member Rebecca Summerton for enriching the Board with her deep local industry knowledge and networks over her three years of service. I wish both Julie and Bec well for their future endeavours.”

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