Sally Riley is the Head of Scripted for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) where she is responsible for development and production of all Drama, Comedy, Entertainment and Indigenous programs.
A proud Wiradjuri woman, Sally is a leading advocate for Indigenous perspectives, voices and stories. Sally’s previous role was the inaugural Head of ABC TV’s Indigenous Department where she pioneered ground-breaking productions such as Cleverman, Gods of Wheat Street, Black Comedy, 8MMM, The Warriors, and Redfern Now, the first series to be commissioned, written, acted and produced by Indigenous Australians.
Under her leadership as Head of Scripted, Sally plays an integral role in re-shaping the slate by commissioning titles that not only champions bold Australian content but also attracts international co-productions such as Mystery Road produced by Bunya Productions and distributed by All3Media and Total Control produced by Blackfella Films which recently received a premiere screening at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival
Sally continues to elevate and evolve the Department’s initiatives in order to provide professional development opportunities for Indigenous filmmakers, creating enormous growth and a distinctive body of work.
In her tenure as Head of Scripted, Sally Riley commissioned the following, both of which received their world premiere at the Berlinale Series of the Berlin Film Festival 2020: Powerful new drama Stateless starring Cate Blanchett and Mystery Road S2, a captivating serial drama directed by Camera D’or-winning Warwick Thornton (Sweet Country; Samson and Delilah) and esteemed filmmaker Wayne Blair (The Sapphires; Redfern Now).