George Fairfax Fellow 2010

Growing up in Arts: a personal Australian perspective on film, television, music and management

2010 Kenneth Myer Lecture for the George Fairfax Fellowship in Arts and Entertainment Management


Kim Williams' experience of music from an early age 'made him' as a person and as a manager. Film and TV informed his perspective on what it is to be an Australian.

Kim follows a personal journey in music which charts the way in which music and the community of players in it developed him as a manager and informed his growth and development: first in arts management; then in his career as a media executive. His views are interlaced with perspectives on our national identity based on the premise that 'the role of film, radio and television in the development of Australia's contemporary identity since Federation' is more prominent for nations with longer inherited histories which inevitably drive different outcomes. 'We are, as the national anthem says young and free, more open to the impact of film and TV than older societies', he says.


Kim Williams has been Chief Executive of FOXTEL since December 2001. He has had a long involvement in the arts and entertainment industry in Australia and internationally, and has held various executive positions which include Chief Executive at each of Fox Studios Australia, The Australian Film Commission, Southern Star Entertainment and Musica Viva Australia, and as senior executive at the ABC.

Mr Williams has held numerous Board positions in commercial and public life over the last 35 years including foundation Chairman of the Australian Film Finance Corporation which he founded in 1988, and most recently, Chairman of the Sydney Opera House since 2005. He was appointed as a Member in the Order of Australia in June 2006. In October 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Honoris Causa by Macquarie University for his contribution to the arts and entertainment industry both in Australian and internationally.

Master of Ceremonies

We were delighted to have Sian Prior as our MC for the evening.

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