Speaker Details

Full Name
Julie Eckersley
Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)
Head of Scripted
Country (Address)
Julie is responsible for commissioning and leading the scripted development team to deliver on our mandate of narratives that are bold, brave, and showcase under-represented voices in powerful and entertaining television series. Her commissions include Safe Home, While the Men Are Away, Erotic Stories, Swift Street and Four Years, as well as a range of ground-breaking Digital Originals content including Latecomers and Appetite.

Prior to joining SBS, Julie was a Producer for the esteemed Matchbox Pictures (NBCU) where she developed and produced a wide range of award-winning content. Some of her noteworthy projects include The Family Law (a comedy about growing up queer and Asian in Australia), Maximum Choppage (Australia’s first TV kung fu comedy) and the science fiction drama, Glitch (for Netflix and ABC).

With over 25 years experience, Julie has a proven track record of diverse storytelling and gender equity and inclusion. She holds a BA (Drama) and a Masters of Communication as well as qualifications from AFTRS and RMIT in writing and producing. She has recently completed the Executive Leadership Course at Oxford University.
What we're looking for from Ready, Steady, Pitch!


This year at SBS Scripted we are looking for stories that THRILL us. Bring us a great story that we have not heard before. One full of suspense and surprise, twists and turns and characters we fall in love with. Our key call outs are:
Thrillers with a difference (e.g., Severance)
Character drama+ (big characters, great locations and a twist of genre, e.g., White Lotus, Beef)
Women Behaving Badly (e.g., Why Women Kill)
Dramatic Half Hours. (8 x 30 mins but full of lots of story)

We want channel-defining drama that has a clear authorial voice. And of course, you need to adhere to our Equity and Inclusion guidelines, so make sure you check them out before you pitch to us.