Bob Campbell to receive SPA Lifetime Achievement Award
07 Mar 2022
Screen Producers Australia (SPA) today announced the accomplished and widely respected Bob Campbell as the recipient of the 2022 SPA Lifetime Achievement Award. The award acknowledges an individual's lifetime contribution to enriching Australian culture through their work in the screen industry.
"Bob is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most prolific and successful producers. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in bringing some of Australia’s most celebrated TV franchises and stories to screens globally.
Bob has mentored and supported countless screen industry professionals, offering critical steppingstones during their careers. Bob’s tenacity and savvy leadership during his time at Screentime helped create an industry powerhouse, and we at SPA acknowledge and thank Bob for his contributions to Australia’s screen industry as a whole," said SPA CEO, Matthew Deaner.
Bob lays claim to one of Australia’s most significant media careers, holding senior management positions with Network TEN, and as Managing Director and CEO of the Seven Network from 1987 until 1995.
After his departure from the Seven Network, Bob, alongside Des Monaghan, formed Screentime, where he served as the Executive Chairman for 23 years until his retirement in 2020. During that time Bob developed iconic productions and series which have become ingrained in Australian culture including, the Underbelly franchise, sixteen seasons of the top-rating series RBT for the NINE Network, Pine Gap, Wolf Creek, Cloudstreet, Janet King and ANZAC Girls, as well as light entertainment successes Anh’s Brush with Fame, Hughesy, SAS Australia, Sydney’s Crazy Rich Asians, The Hundred with Andy Lee, and Hughesy, We Have a Problem.
Screentime recently merged with Endemol Shine Australia, with future productions under the ESA banner. ESA is a member of the Banijay Group, the world's largest independent content producer and distributor, home to over 120,000 hours of content.
Bob is a long-time contributor to Screen Producers Australia, serving as Vice President and contributing to negotiations for agreements for writers, cast and crew and influencing and guiding policy outcomes with measured and thoughtful engagement.
Bob’s broader achievements include an impressive array of influential positions including former Chairman of both The Film Finance Corporation and the Sydney Dance Company and Non-Executive Chairman of Adcorp.
Bob was also previously Director of the Sydney Swans, The Australian Film Radio & Television School, the Australian Film Commission and member of the Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee for Screen NSW.
Bob’s legacy and influence as a statesman for the sector and mentor to many as well as his extraordinary achievements have left an indelible mark and have been key to building the success of the Australian Screen Industry.
The prestigious SPA Awards ceremony will take place at The Star Gold Coast on Wednesday 30 March 2022, as part of SCREEN FOREVER, 28 March - 01 April, Gold Coast and Online.
Tickets to the SPA Awards and Gala Party only are now available here, these tickets will not give access to any other Screen Forever events.
Entry to the ceremony is included in a conference Gold Coast Pass.
Final Gold Coast tickets are now on sale and delegates are urged to act quickly to secure their place at SCREEN FOREVER.
We acknowledge and pay respects to the Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast and all their descendants both past and present. We also acknowledge the many Aboriginal people from other regions as well as Torres Strait and South Sea Islander people who now live in the local area and have made an important contribution to the community.
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