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Associate Professor Anna Potter

PhD Qld., MA Qld.UT, BA(Hons) Manc.

  • Associate Professor, Communication
  • School of Business and Creative Industries
+61 7 5430 2846
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Anna Potter

Associate Professor Anna Potter is a researcher focusing on children’s screen production cultures and distribution networks, media industries, and communication policy. She is the author of Creativity, Culture, and Commerce: Producing Australian Children’s Television with Public Value (Intellect, 2015), Producing Children’s Television in the On-Demand Age (Intellect, 2020) and multiple journal article and book chapters. Prior to becoming a researcher, Anna worked as a media practitioner in the UK pay-TV industry.

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.

Anna is Chief Investigator (with QUT’s Amanda Lotz and Kevin Sanson) on the ARC Discovery project (2021-23) ‘Making Australian Television in the 21st Century’. This project investigates the intertwined implications of non-Australian ownership, technological adjustments, policy changes, and support adjustments enacted since the mid-00s that have challenged the making of ‘Australian’ television.

Anna is Deputy Chairperson, UniSC Research Committee; Chairperson, UniSC Non-Traditional Research Outputs Committee; an Associate Investigator with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for The Digital Child and is on the board of the journal Media International Australia.

Professional memberships

  • Australia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)


  • 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

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year

Australian Research Council Discovery Project ‘Making Australian Television in the 21st Century  

Associate Professor Anna Potter; Professor Amanda Lotz & Associate Professor Kevin Sanson (QUT

ARC (A$385,813)

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

Research areas

  • children's television
  • cultural policy
  • production studies
  • media globalisation

Teaching areas

  • Screen Media

Key recent research publications

  • Potter, A. and Lotz, A. D. (2022) ‘The first stage of Australia’s digital transition and its implications for Australian television drama’, Media International Australia, 182(1), pp. 95–110.
  • A. D. Lotz and Potter, A (2022) Effective cultural policy in the 21st century: challenges and strategies from Australian television, International Journal of Cultural Policy.
  • Lotz, A. D. Potter, A. and Johnson, C. (2022) ‘Understanding the changing television market: A comparison of the macroeconomy of the United States, United Kingdom and Australia’, Convergence, 28(1), pp. 272–290.
  • Potter, A. (2021) ‘Globalising the local in children’s television for the post-network era: How Disney+ and BBC Studios helped Bluey the Australian cattle dog jump the national fence’, International Journal of Cultural Studies, 24(2), pp. 216–232.

Associate Professor Anna Potter's specialist areas of knowledge include: communication, children's television programming, media globalisation, media policy, international trade in audiovisual products

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