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.
- 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
|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||
|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|
- children's television
- cultural policy
- production studies
- media globalisation
- 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