We are proud to introduce the NFSA Ambassadors who promote the vital preservation work we do and help us in our mission to collect, preserve and share Australia's audiovisual heritage.
Ms Margaret Pomeranz - NFSA Restores and Film Ambassador
Growing up in Sydney, Margaret Pomeranz found her love of cinema ignited at a young age by the Saturday afternoon matinees at her local cinema. After some time spent in Europe in the 1960s, she returned to Australia in 1971 to finish her Arts degree at Macquarie University.
Balancing further studies, work, and her home life – which included husband Hans, and children Joshua and Felix – Margaret eventually became a writer-producer at the newly formed Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) in 1980.
There, she established The Movie Show with David Stratton in 1986 and took on the role as co-host, in what was meant to be a short-term arrangement. The show ran until 2004, when it moved to the ABC and was rebadged as At the Movies and ran for another 10 years until 2014.
Margaret was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 for her service to the film industry as a critic and reviewer, promoter of Australian content and advocate for freedom of expression in film.
Mr Shaun James - Sound Ambassador
Shaun James has 20 years of experience spanning the entertainment and broadcast industries.
Gaining extensive marketing experience at Warner Music for a nine-year period, he then spent a further five years with the organisation as Chairman and CEO, Australia and New Zealand. Operationally, this covered both the recording and publishing companies within Warner Music. Shaun then spent three-and-a-half years at Network TEN in the roles of General Manager, Network Sales and then as Chief Marketing Officer.
In 2008 he joined the XYZ Networks, as GM of the music channels [V], [V] Hits, Max and CMC and since that time has overseen some of the country’s biggest local music productions including The Big Day Out. In 2012, after Foxtel’s acquisition of Austar, Shaun was appointed as GM Music Channels and Head of Digital, Foxtel Networks Australia.
In 2014 Shaun was appointed to role of Director – Presto and VOD, overseeing the launch and ongoing development of PRESTO, Foxtel’s OTT SVOD movies service, and assuming responsibility for Foxtel’s Video on Demand portfolio.
Shaun holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Monash University and is married with three children. Outside of business and family interests, Shaun is a keen sailor completing a number of offshore ocean races including two Sydney to Hobart races. He is a past NSW Chairman of REDKITE and acts as a Trustee for the Golden Stave Foundation.
Mr Glen Kinging - TV Ambassador
For more than 50 years Glen Kinging has played an influential role in shaping the path for Australian television as an executive and consultant for the Seven Network. He has taken on the role of the NFSA’s inaugural TV Ambassador to raise awareness of the importance and challenges of keeping our television memories alive.
Glen joined the Seven Network in Sydney in December 1957, and remained at the station for the following 40 years until 1999. During his time at Seven, he worked in a diverse range of notable roles including Network Program Director from 1965 until 1994, a consultancy with the network to oversee and manage rights for US and UK programs and head of the Seven Network office in New York from 1971–72.
Currently, Glen represents the US Television Academy in Australia and New Zealand, and manages broadcast rights for the EMMY Awards to broadcasters in both countries.
At the time of his appointment, he said: ‘After many years in the industry, I am a passionate supporter of Australian television. I think the majority of Australians are unaware that our vast television history is being held on magnetic tapes - materials that are slowly disintegrating. If we don’t act now, these programs may be lost for future generations.’
Mr Tony Buckley - Lost Films Ambassador
Regarded as one of the leaders of the Australian film industry, Anthony ‘Tony’ Buckley began his career as a laboratory assistant and later as a film editor with the famous Sydney newsreel company Cinesound. Here he met and worked with the great Australian director Ken G Hall, who became Tony’s mentor until Hall’s death in 1994.
During the 1960s Tony edited many notable feature films including Michael Powell's Age of Consent, Ted Kotcheff's Wake in Fright and Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote. As a documentary filmmaker, his film Forgotten Cinema was pivotal in rekindling public interest in Australia’s film history and was a key influence on the Gorton Liberal government to support the revival of the Australian film industry in the late 1960s.
His first production as a feature film producer was Caddie in 1975, a winner of 14 awards. Tony also produced Ray Lawrence’s film adaptation of Peter Carey’s Bliss, which won Best Film in the 1985 Australian Film Awards.
He has produced many memorable and award-winning feature films including The Irishman, The Night The Prowler, The Killing of Angel Street, Kitty and the Bagman, beDevil, On Our Selection and Oyster Farmer.
For television he has produced The Harp in the South, Poor Man’s Orange, Man on the Rim - Peopling of the Pacific, Celluloid Heroes, Mr Edmund, Bryce Courtenay’s The Potato Factory and Jessica, The Heroes and many others.
In 1977 Tony was awarded the Order of Australia for his services to the industry.