Prior to SBS, Donna Chang was Head of Development at Lingo Pictures from 2018-2020, working across a range of TV projects including THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS (Network Ten). She has worked for many years as an external assessor for Screen Australia, and she was a Development Executive at Screen Australia in 2018. Donna was previously a Production Executive at Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Films in London; her role encompassing production, business affairs, and film development. For Scott Free, she co-produced the feature documentary INDIA IN A DAY (TIFF, Sheffield Doc/Fest), and was the Production Executive on the comedy MINDHORN and the post-WWII drama feature THE AFTERMATH. She has also worked in the business and commercial affairs side of Scott Free as a Programme Associate for the TV series TABOO (BBC/FX). At Felix Media, Donna produced the William Yang documentary trilogy (ABC), co-produced Sydney Opera House documentary AUTOPSY ON A DREAM (ABC), and supported a slate spanning feature drama (FELL, THE REHEARSAL), documentary (SHERPA), and moving image art. She has also produced independently, with her credits including the ASH WEDNESDAY short in THE TURNING anthology (Berlinale, MIFF) and THE CROSSING (Annecy, winner at Sydney Film Festival, AACTA-nominated).
Donna Chang and Chris Irvine from SBS talks about the development process at SBS and the current commissioning priorities for drama.
Ready, Steady, Pitch! topic
- Long form drama, 4 x 1-hour non-returnable series. No half hours.
- Short form drama, 6 x 10-minute series commissioned through our initiative with Screen Australia, Digital Originals.
- Features, commissioned through joint SBS and state agency initiatives (e.g.: Screen Queensland’s RIDE https://screenqueensland.com.au/initiatives/ride-feature-film-fund/)