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In Conversation with ABC Head of Scripted Rachel Okine

24 October 2023

A special event for South Australian writers, directors and producers working in scripted.

Join SAFC CEO Kate Croser and ABC’s new Head of Scripted Rachel Okine for an insightful discussion about ABC’s commissioning needs and opportunities for South Australian key creatives.

Rachel joined the ABC last month from Stan, where she was the Senior Commissioning Editor overseeing a slate of scripted drama and comedy, feature films and feature documentaries.

In the newly-created role of ABC Head of Scripted, Rachel now oversees the biggest scripted slate in Australia, encompassing all ABC drama and comedy.

Designed especially for South Australian writers, directors and producers working in scripted, this special event is a great opportunity to meet Rachel and learn more about what the ABC is looking to commission and how to pitch new ideas.

Date: Tuesday 24 October, 2023
Time: 5.00pm for 5.15pm start. In Conversation and Q&A followed by light refreshments and networking.
Location: The Light Room – Light Adelaide, 63 Light Square, Adelaide
Cost: Free, but RSVPS are essential – please register your place in advance.

About Rachel Okine

After starting her career in acquisitions at FilmFour, Rachel Okine was the first employee of Hopscotch, later becoming the Acquisitions Executive for eOne ANZ and Head of Development for Hopscotch Features.

Rachel moved back to Europe in 2015 to become Paris-based VP of International Production and Acquisitions for Studiocanal and was subsequently appointed VP of International Acquisitions for STX. Returning to Australia in 2020, Rachel was appointed Managing Director of Academy Award-nominated production company Aquarius Films to strategically lead its film and TV operations.

Rachel joined Stan in 2021 as Senior Commissioning Editor, overseeing a slate of scripted drama and comedy, feature films and feature documentaries. In July 2023 she was announced as the ABC’s new Head of Scripted, a role she commenced on 4 September, 2023.

Accessibility Information

This event is wheelchair accessible. If you require wheelchair seating, please let us know in advance by emailing [email protected]

If you have any access requirements for this event please let us know by emailing [email protected]

Code of Conduct

The SAFC has zero tolerance for unsafe behaviours, including discrimination, harassment and bullying. By registering for this event, you are agreeing to adhere to the Australian Screen Industry Code of Practice – Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Bullying Policy which has been adopted by the SAFC. Find out more about the Code of Conduct here.

Before/After the Event

Free to view at The Light Room Studio as part of Tarnanthi is Rising Sun, a unique photographic and multimedia storytelling exhibition created by acclaimed artists Lavene Ngatokorua and Kyra Herzfeld. Rising Sun tells four stories about Country, including three from the oldest mountain range in the world, home to the oldest living culture in the world and the Adnyamathanha nation. Find out more about Rising Sun at

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