First Indigenous woman to lead Screen NSW

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Kyas Hepworth has been appointed as head of Screen NSW, making her the first Indigenous woman to head up the organisation.

Ms Hepworth, a Bundjalung woman from Tweed Heads, will start in July at Screen NSW after her stint at NITV, where she was Head of Commissioning and Programming.

During her time at the Indigenous broadcaster, Ms Hepworth commissioned ground-breaking content including award-winning children's animation Little J & Big Cuz and Warwick Thornton's series The Beach.

"I am incredibly excited to start my new role with Screen NSW to continue the incredible work of the many who have come before me cementing NSW as a global leader for screen creatives and production," Ms Hepworth said.

Arts Minister Ben Franklin said her appointment ushered in a fresh leadership team to support and promote arts, screen and culture in NSW and attract international productions.

"The NSW screen industry clearly leads the nation with over 1500 screen production businesses employing 9600 people and generating an annual income of more than $1.6 billion," he said.

"Ms Hepworth's appointment will see us further cement this position while attracting new local and international blockbusters."

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