MEET THE TEAM
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Craig is recognised as one of Australia’s leading producers of wide audience appeal factual entertainment. Over the past 20 years, Craig has created and produced over 250 hours of original programming for the free to air and pay television markets.
In 2009, Craig formed Fredbird Entertainment to provide factual, entertainment and children’s programming to the local and international market. Fredbird has evolved into a multiple award-winning supplier of original and innovative content.
Head of Production
Mel started her career in the arts and entertainment industry eighteen years ago as an actor and theatre producer.
Having produced numerous successful theatre productions, Mel moved her skills to television. She has since worked for a range of leading Australian television production companies. Mel has line-produced and production managed lifestyle, comedy, children’s television programs and high-end commercials and music video clips. In 2012, Mel was employed as General Manager of the global Preschool brand Hi-5.
In 2016, Mel was appointed Head Of Production at Fredbird Entertainment.
Production Accountancy: Bronwyn Speziale & Beeskneez Accounting
Sarah has over 20 years experience producing innovative and high-rating television programs for children, youth and family audiences in the US, UK and Australia. She has held senior production and live-to-air broadcast roles at Channel V, ABC, Network 10, Nine Entertainment Co. and Seven Network.
More recently, Sarah worked at ABC Kids across a range of Australia’s most loved and successful children’s brands.
At home, she navigates her two little boys’ lego traps and a staffy with separation anxiety.
Affiliate Producer & Director
A multiple award-winning producer and director, Marc has produced more than 200 television programs for leading international and local broadcasters.
Most recently, Struggle Street broke records to become the highest-rating locally commissioned documentary series in the history of SBS; ABC’s Kids on Speed was a Finalist in the 2014 SPAA Awards and the 2014 Jackson Hole Science and Media awards; Outback Kids was nominated for Best TV Series at the 2012 AACTA awards; and Law & Disorder won the 2010 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Factual Program. Marc has extensive experience in the documentary, science, history, reality and television drama genres.
A reluctant optimist and eternal dreamer, Marc handles Fredbird’s specialist factual development slate when he’s not producing, directing and writing.
Colin has spent over a decade working in factual television to support his fishing addiction and his beautiful wife and son. Starting as a Segment Producer for Channel 10’s award-winning children’s series, Totally Wild, Colin was shoved in front of the camera as a Presenter. However, his complete lack of fashion sense made it impossible for viewers to connect so Colin returned to the world behind the camera – and he hasn’t looked back.
He is an accomplished writer, producer, cameraman and editor and is widely renowned for his directing and talent management skills. His credits include, Croc College (ABC), Outback 8 (BBC / Channel 10), The Embassy (Channel 9), Head First (ABC), Jillaroo School (ABC), Adventure Angler (One HD), Hatch, Match & Dispatch (ABC) and Moment of Truth (ABC iView).
Colin spends his lunchtimes tormenting the fish under Balmain Wharf while phoning his son Harry to discuss ways of improving the Broncos’ kicking game.
When Liz’s childhood dream of becoming an Oscar-winning actress was put on hold – after realising she would never become the next Cate Blanchett – she quickly shifted her focus to the other side of the camera.
Liz has now worked in the TV production industry for over 12 years; 7 of which were spent in the UK. Her roles there included working for several London Post Production Facilities and leading UK Production Companies and Broadcasters, including the BBC; working for their in-house Drama department and on the award-winning drama series’ Spooks and Luther. She didn’t see the sun for seven years but did meet her English Husband and learnt how to make an excellent cup of tea. Liz has experience across a variety of genres including drama, documentary, factual, live studio, corporate, commercials and reality.
Liz is a film fanatic and a running enthusiast. She also makes sure the office is always stocked with the good biscuits.
Social Media Producer & Editor
We could describe Samuel in two simple words – absolute gun.
Samuel has a wealth of experience in all areas of production with a focus of post-production and workflow management. Sam comes from a solid background in on-line editing and colour-grading and now works as an off-line editing. Sam has worked across large-scale television commercials, music videos, feature films and most recently factual television series.
Outside of Fredbird, Samuel is a renaissance man. He enjoys fencing, is a part-time PhD candidate in Media & Communication at the University of Newcastle, and makes short documentaries for the international festival circuit.
Sam is currently exploring the Blue Mountains searching for a Yowie. Sometimes he sleeps.