Rebecca Barry is the co-founder and co-director of Media Stockade. This means steering and championing all our projects and ventures, in partnership with Madeleine, while belting out show tunes and standing on one leg. Rebecca directed and produced feature documentary I Am A Girl, nominated for 4 AACTA Awards, and winning Best Documentary Film at SPAA. Other highlights include producing feature documentaries The Opposition (Hot Docs, IDFA, Sydney Film Festival), China Love (GZDOC, DOCNYC and ABC TV), and The Surgery Ship feature (SBS), as well as factual series The Surgery Ship for National Geographic. She is currently co-producing a 5 part true crime series for Foxtel. Rebecca is the brains and heart behind Media Stockade Impact, bringing people together to watch outstanding social impact films that inspire purpose and action within the corporate environment.
Madeleine Hetherton is a filmmaker who co-founded Media Stockade with Rebecca in 2012. Inspired equally by a love of adventure, far horizons and social issues, she leapt into documentary filmmaking. Madeleine directed and produced The Surgery Ship for SBS, nominated for Best Film at the Milan International Film Festival, Best Director by the ADG, and won Best Documentary at the Sarasota Film Festival. National Geographic went on to commission an 8 part series, series produced by Madeleine, which was a critical and ratings success. Other highlights include producing Call Me Dad (ABC TV), and China Love (GZDOC, DOCNYC and ABC TV). Madeleine is co-producing a 5 part true crime series for Foxtel, due for broadcast late 2019. Madeleine is driving Media Stockade’s expansion into formats and series, finding new ways to tell great stories.
Sophie Wiesner is our Development Producer at Media Stockade. This involves crafting arresting pickup lines and eye catching routines to lure people onto the dancefloor. Sophie directed Call Me Dad for the ABC, which was nominated for ADG and SPA awards. Prior to that she produced short films Marla (Venice International Film Festival, Chicago, Slamdance) and Clan (Frameline, Rhode Island, Melbourne Film Festival). She is a sought after Shooter Producer and Producer/Director on factual series. Her personal highlights include Keeping Australia Alive (ITV for ABC), Country Town Rescue (CJZ for ABC) and Bondi Vet (WTFN for Network 10). Sophie is working closely with Rebecca and Madeleine to forge Media Stockade’s exploration into the new storytelling frontier that is XR, encompassing VR, AR and interactive projects.
Marylou Verberne has worked in the area of social change for over two decades. Whilst her early career was in law, her professional experience spans the government, not for profit and philanthropic sectors. She was the Victorian Director of Social Ventures Australia and is currently a Philanthropy Adviser with Mutual Trust, providing strategy consulting advice to corporate and philanthropic organisations on their investment strategies and theory of change work.
In 2015, she joined the Good Pitch team as Impact Producer for “On Richard’s Side” and was also Impact Strategist for UNREST, the critically acclaimed documentary on ME /CFS. In addition to her philanthropy work, Marylou also consults to the film industry on impact strategy and developing philanthropic partnerships.
Marylou currently oversees the Media Stockade Impact program for Media Stockade
Danielle Kelly is our Finance Manager at Media Stockade, keeping our productions in the black and our rent paid on time. Before focusing on the money side of things, Danielle produced ‘My Family Feast’ for SBS and two series of ‘Great Australian Albums’ with Mushroom Pictures for SBS, attracting strong ratings and outstanding reviews. Danielle is one of those rare organised creative types, and if there was a prize for managing complex cashflow, financial reporting and budgeting, she would receive a lifetime achievement award. Danielle is constantly figuring out ways to find money to make new and exciting things happen at Media Stockade.
Olivia Ciok is Media Stockade’s Production Assistant, but this title does not give Olivia her due. She is also our in house Graphic Designer, Photographer, Social Media Strategist, Production Coordinator & Millennial Muse. Before joining Media Stockade, Olivia worked with ESEM Projects to make site-specific video for Barangaroo, Illuminate Bathurst & Stockland. Olivia is always working to lift the visual quality and cleverness of Media Stockade’s marketing, social media and development materials. She is also totally unflappable, and believe us, we have tried!