Kathryn Fink, a veteran international media executive, has become television director at public broadcaster SBS in her home country of Australia.
She replaces Marshall Heald, who left at the end of 2021 to become executive director of the entertainment operation of local pay-TV leader Foxtel.
Fink has over 30 years of industry experience in places such as Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong, working in senior positions at The Walt Disney Company, Sky Italia, where she was responsible for commissioning the drama that shapes the market. Romanzo criminaland News Corp.
Most recently, she was Managing Director, Media for Disney in Italy, responsible for Disney+, pay-TV channels, original content production and content sales. She left in 2021.
She will join SBS on July 4, taking over the programming strategy of a public broadcaster which, unlike the more generalist ABC, has a specific mission underpinned by the provision of multilingual and multicultural content.
James Taylor, Managing Director of SBS, said, “Kathryn brings a wealth of experience to this role, having worked across multiple continents, including Americas, Asia and Europe, and in all aspects of the global television and television space. from streaming, content production to operations and distribution, and in entertainment, fiction, factual and sports programming.
“She also shares a passion for distinctive content that defines SBS, underpinned by the SBS Charter,” he said. “Among the standout programming she has commissioned are Romanzo criminala crime drama series that was a catalyst for change in the Italian television industry, The ignorant destiny which recently won the Nastro D’Argento Award for Best Television Series and Where are youa National Geographic documentary that traced the human stories behind a migrant boat arriving on the shores of Italy.
“I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to be part of an organization like SBS,” says Fink. “I’m excited at the prospect of working with the talented and dedicated team to continue to deliver innovative, world-class content that explores, challenges and celebrates contemporary Australia, with the country’s most distinctive multi-platform offering.”
Fink, bilingual in English and Italian, was general manager of Fox Networks Group Italy and played a key role in the launch of Sky Italia in 2003. She remained with the company for eight years, much of it as a manager programming. She was recently appointed independent director on the board of Juventus Football Club, which is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange.