Talking points: Marena Manzoufas

Marena Manzoufas, head of programming, ABC, Australia
October 1, 2006

Marena Manzoufas, head of programming, ABC, Australia
ABC’s Manzoufas has a simple list of requests for distributors hoping to work with her: ‘Be aware of our schedule and channel style so you don’t offer things that wouldn’t fit. [Include] clear information, such as the title, number of episodes and (obviously) what the show is about. And keep me informed of anything I may have expressed interest in – before the show is finished.’

Her two biggest irritants are also easy to avoid. First, get the time difference with Australia right. (‘Please don’t call me when I am cooking dinner at home, after office hours!’) Secondly, don’t call her hotel room before breakfast when she’s at a market. (‘I am particularly non-communicative and even grumpy at that time of the morning!’)

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.