(Sydney, August 11, 2016) Three of Australian TV’s best-loved and most admired female personalities have been announced as the special guests for this year’s ASTRA Women in Television Breakfast: Maggie Beer, Marta Dusseldorp and Margaret Pomeranz.
The annual event, which is the largest for women working in media in Australia, attracting over 700 guests, will take place at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on Tuesday, September 6.
Joining the popular event is beloved Aussie food icon and Order of Australia (AM), Senior Australian of the Year and South Australian of the Year recipient, Maggie Beer. As well as producing her own hugely successful range of products, Maggie is a judge on Foxtel’s The Great Australian Bake Off and is also a regular guest on Masterchef Australia.
So revered is Maggie that she’s even been bestowed the honour of having her very own postage stamp in recognition of the contribution she has made to the Australian way of life. She is also the author of nine books.
Acclaimed actress Marta Dusseldorp is currently starring in Gloria at Sydney’s Griffin Theatre and will return to our television screens on Sunday, September 11 for the new season of Foxtel’s A Place To Call Home on showcase.
An ACCTA and Helpmann award winner, Marta is also well known for playing the lead in ABC’s Janet King and co-lead on Jack Irish, and she will be joining Margaret to discuss her career.
Completing the stellar lineup of talent is highly respected movie reviewer (and another Order of Australia recipient), Margaret Pomeranz, who together with David Stratton kept audiences riveted with their lively debates over movies on SBS’ The Movie Show and ABC’s At The Movies for many years.
Margaret, who will MC the event, joined Foxtel in 2015 and now hosts Foxtel Movies Premiere – Margaret Pomeranz Presents, where she introduces a weekly movie of her choice. She also features on Foxtel Arts’ weekly arts program Stage & Screen.
“The ASTRA Women in Television Breakfast is an event we are really proud of, as it brings hundreds of women together from across the Australian media industry to share their stories, their knowledge and expertise, and inspire one another,” said ASTRA CEO, Andrew Maiden.
“This year’s guests join a growing list of amazing female talent to have appeared at previous events, such as comedian Magda Szubanski, sports presenter Kelli Underwood and international correspondent Yalda Hakim. The calibre of women we continue to attract speaks volumes for the regard in which this event is held by Australia’s female media personalities.”
The ASTRA Women in Television Breakfast is sponsored by Multi Channel Network (MCN).
The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) is the peak body representing the subscription media industry in Australia. Members include television operators, independent content companies, technology companies and the industries that support them. ASTRA members produce content seen by nearly 9 million Australians. In 2014/15 members invested $796 million in local production, generating 253,000 hours of Australian content and creating jobs for 8370 Australians.
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