Speaker Chris Irvine



Chris Irvine

Head of Commercial & Production


Chris Irvine is SBS’ Head of Commercial & Production, overseeing the production, financing and commercial aspects of all TV and online content across all genres, whether commissioned, acquired or internally produced. He chairs the greenlight process for the suite of SBS Originals and manages relationships with the international distribution sector, extending
to co-productions and presales.

Before joining SBS, Chris was Commercial Director for Australian independent production company Essential Media & Entertainment. Starting out as an entertainment lawyer, his career spans production, finance and distribution across film, television and online content.  In London, before moving to Australia, Chris worked for Channel 4 (as part of its Film4 productions team) and ITV Studios (as part of its Factual production team).

Australia’s multicultural broadcaster, SBS, holds a unique place in the Australian media landscape. As described in the SBS Charter, SBS’s principal function is to provide multilingual, multicultural and Indigenous radio, television and digital media services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians, reflecting Australia’s diverse society. SBS inspires all Australians
to explore, appreciate and celebrate our diverse world.

For more information visit https://www.sbs.com.au/aboutus/content-commissioning

Speaking on: Indigenous Screen Summit Pitch Forum #1: Unscripted/Documentary Pitches; Speed Meetings: Scripted; Speed Meetings: Scripted; Going Global (Netflix - BANFF Diversity of Voices Session)

At the Banff Media Festival, we met with Netflix and took a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. That’s where we made the pitch.
- Naveen Prasad, EVP and GM, Elevation Pictures
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