Associate Professor Anna Potter is a researcher focusing on children’s screen production cultures and distribution networks, and media and communication policy. She is the author of Creativity, Culture, and Commerce: Producing Australian Children’s Television with Public Value (Intellect, 2015) and Creativity Rebooted: Producing Children’s Television In the On-Demand Age (Intellect, in press), and multiple journal article and book chapters.
As part of her recent ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2016-18) Anna studied the rapid evolution of production territories and markets for children's television opened up by media globalisation, and the impact of digitisation and internet-distribution on children’s media industries, and producers’ creative practice. Prior to becoming a researcher, Anna worked as a media practitioner in the UK pay-TV industry. In 2017 Anna established the biennial Children’s Media Symposium, a hybrid industry/academic event for children’s media researchers and practitioners. She is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland and is on the board of the journal Media International Australia.
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- Australia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
- International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
Awards and Fellowships
- 2015-18 ARC DECRA Fellowship
- 2013 Dean's Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence, University of Queensland
- 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
|Project name||Investigators||Funding body||Year|
|Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship for the project “International Transformations in Children’s Television 2013-18”||Dr Anna Potter||ARC (A$373,000)||2016-18|
Key recent research publications
- Potter, A. (2018). Creating Children’s Television for SVODs: The Alignment of Global Production Practices with National Screen Policies in the Netflix Original Bottersnikes and Gumbles. Media Industries Journal, 5(2), pp. 111-127
- Potter, A. and O’Regan, T. (2018). Pukeko Pictures and the Kiwi DIY Spirit: Building Global Partnerships from the End of the World. Television & New Media, Article in Press, p.152747641875530
- Potter, A. (2017). Funding Contemporary Children’s Television: How Digital Convergence Encourages Retro Reboots. International Journal on Media Management, 19(2), pp.108-122
Oscar winner at USC children’s media symposium
Oscar-winning illustrator Shaun Tan and renowned children’s author and USC Professor of Creative Writing Gary Crew will be among the drawcards for this Saturday’s sessions of the Children’s Media Symposium starting at USC Sunshine Coast on Friday (24 November).
USC conference draws experts in Australian children’s media
A three-day Children’s Media Symposium at USC Sunshine Coast from 24-26 November is attracting some of Australia’s leading stars of popular children’s television, internet and books.
Former ABC TV chief to boost USC research
A former head of ABC Television and the Australian Film Commission has been appointed an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast
ARC grants for media, crustacean research
The University of the Sunshine Coast has won more than half a million dollars in two competitive national grants to study the effects of media globalisation on Australian children’s television, and the genetic development of an Australian lobster species.
Academic says children’s TV is losing Aussie voice
Australian children deserve high-quality, locally produced television programs that feature Aussie accents and cultural reference points, but current policies and funding models are inadequate to ensure this happens.