Since 1982, Scott Ellis has worked as a journalist through the full
range of Australian media.
In television, radio, radio print and online he has been a producer (AP, field, post and casting), researcher (development, pre and post production, fact check), scriptwriter, print editor, reporter, features writer, critic, chief of staff, media analyst and much more, accumulating an extensive working knowledge of the Australian and international media landscape and how to best tell the stories Australians need to know.
Email for further details on any specific role.
Name: Scott John Ellis
Resident of: Melbourne, Australia.
November 2018 - February 2019
Position(s): Researcher/reporter/script developer.
Duties: Researcher, interviewer, script developer for the Monash Unbiversity documentary series "A Different Lens" which draws on the unique perspectives of academic and industry leaders on the world's most pressing issues. This involves sourcing and interviewing particupants, working with the director and producer to clarify the series narative and creating a paper edit from shoot transcripts to allow the editor and director to complete the episodes.
Position(s): Associate producer, development researcher.
Duties: Associate Producer / development researcher on a documentary series for one of Australia's free-to-air networks looking into one of the most hotly contested social issues of 2018. This will involve extensive interviews with government officials, NGO campaigners, grassroots activists and those affected.
March 2018 – December 2018
Multiple print/online outlets
Position(s): Features writer, television analyst/reviewer/reporter.
Duties: Monitor the Australian television industry and report on changing and/or evolving issues, interview those involved in new productions and/or genres and review new programming. Mastheads include The New Daily, TV Week, The Foxtel Magazine, Fairfax Media and radio 3AW.
Feb 2018 – March 2018
***LONG-TERM PROJECT IN PRODUCTION***
Position(s): Associate producer, development researcher.
Duties: Associate Producer / development researcher on a unique, as-yet unannounced unscripted series for one of Australia's free-to-air networks.
Passion Pictures (UK)
Position(s): Researcher / local liaison.
Duties: Establish relationships with Indigenous community leaders in various Australian locations to secure respectful access to locations, elders and appropriate people to tell the story of Australia’s Indigenous people and their feelings toward Australia Day celebrations
May 2017 – January 2018
Position(s): Casting Producer / Development Researcher.
Duties: Casting Producer / Development Researcher with Blackfella Films on as-yet-unannounced observational documentary series for SBS. Researching potential participants, liaising with producers to develop appropriate storylines for individuals, investigating potential participants/locations/story subjects for production etc.
February 2017 – May 2017
Position(s): Associate Producer, Field producer, Researcher.
Duties: Associate Producer on Keeping Australia Safe observational documentary series for the ABC. Multi-camera, multi-story, Australia-wide production involving identifying potential stories, finding talent, researching relevant facts, producing those stories to production and field producing during shoot.
November 2017 - February 2017
Position(s): Development Researcher.
Duties: Investigate and develop proposal for an as-yet-unannounced documentary series for SBS. Researching planned storylines, assembling facts and background research for potential locations and talent, engaging in proof-of-concept story collation with senior management prior to production commencement.
July 2016 – November 2016
Position(s): Associate Producer.
Duties: Associate Producer with Blackfella Films on Filthy Rich and Homeless observational documentary series for SBS. Researching potential storylines and talent, liaising with appropriate government and NGO agencies to secure access to locations and talent, researching said talent, producing their story/segments and securing appropriate releases and/or cultural authorities to production. Worked through production liaising with field producers, shooter/producers and talent to ensure completion of planned stories.
February 2016 – May 2016
Duties: Researcher on First Contact Season 2, liaising with senior management/producers to develop potential storylines and research locations and/or talent. Compile data on planned locations throughout Australia, establish contacts with local government and/or NGO authorities to confirm stories and access; compile biographies on all participant talent (potential and actual) including main talent and peripheral; compile producers notes for field producers and post production.
Establish and maintain relationships with all relevant parties around the country through shoot to ensure seamless production.
Post-production liaise with editors, producer and others to fact check scripts, all statements, ensure legal and other obligations are met, to the point of episode sign-off.
2014 - present
Macquarie Media Limited - radio 3AW and 2UE
Position(s): Television industry analyst/reviewer.
Duties: Provide weekly analysis of ratings, industry news, upcoming broadcast trends and reviews of the week's viewing for (while in Sydney) 2UE and (post move to Melbourne) 3AW; take viewer calls, research specific themes according to producer/host schedule, suggest themes based on knowledge of the industry and current state of play.
2001 - 2015
Fairfax General Magazines, The Sun-Herald Newspaper (Sydney, New South
Position(s): Television editor, television analyst, features writer.
Duties: Edit the inserted television magazine for The Sun Herald and
Sunday Age newspapers; manage the editorial and production team with
weekly deadlines and planning for future editions with focus on special
events, seasonal changes, industry trends etc.
Write features on the television industry; write a weekly column on
changes within the television/radio industries.
1999 - 2001
@www Internet Company (Sydney, New South Wales)
Position(s): Editorial Manager
Duties: Formulate and oversee implementation of editorial strategies
during the construction of websites and online services for companies
including Network Seven, Prime Television, Channel V, Arena Television,
RM Williams, Vodaphone (Australia), The Commonwealth Bank etc.
Write editorial guidelines (style guides) for existing clients; instruct
client-side staff on writing for the web.
Oversee editorial team's day-to-day work on above projects, manage the
daily operations of the editorial unit and coordinate all projects
1999 - 1999
The Seven Network (Sydney, New South Wales)
Position(s): Researcher/Field Producer with Today Tonight
Duties: Source, investigate, research and help compile current affairs
stories with the Today Tonight team; work with the reporters, editors
and executive producer to oversee completion of stories.
Produce stories while away from the office, coordinating everything from
wardrobe to camera/sound crews to availability of talent to be
1992 - 1999
The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, New South Wales)
Position(s): General reporter, police rounds, features writer, columnist, television/entertainment reviewer and analyst.
Duties: General reporting of daily news, with particular emphasis on the
police rounds stories, attend daily police briefings, establish and
maintain relations with police and other emergency services personnel.
Write a daily column (Between The Lines) highlighting humorous and/or
quirky events affecting Sydney.
Write features on important news issues of the day/week, explaining the
story behind the headlines.
Review television programs (for the Seven Days liftout) interview actors
and or network personalities and staff relevant to new programming and
issues pertaining to the television industry.
The News Limited Group
Position(s): Sydney Bureau Chief for The Adelaide News and The Brisbane Sun, contributing writer to the News Limited group.
Duties: General reporting of nationally-important news stories to base newspapers in Adelaide and Brisbane or to the group when necessary. Interviewing international actors, sports people, authors politicians or other significant individuals visiting Sydney for the group, managing the daily allocation and placement of news stories with reporters within the bureau. Managing the daily operations of the bureau.
The News (Adelaide, South Australia)
Position(s): General reporter, police roundsman, chief of staff.
Duties: General reporting, establishment and continuation of police rounds, liaising with police and other emergency services personnel on major stories, compiling daily news lists for editorial conference, managing the daily allocation and placement of news stories with reporters.
The Sunday Mail (Adelaide, South Australia)
Position(s): Cadet journalist, children's page editor, reporter, television and theatre reviewer, assistant photographic editor.
Duties: General reporting, providing assistance to senior reporters, reviewing television programs, theatre productions and bands, assisting photographic editor at weekends with selection and placement of photographs.