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Joost den Hartog

Media Industry Facilitator / Business Development / Factual Content Specialist 

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I am an industry facilitator, with a strong drive to create opportunities for creative businesses in the field of screen based entertainment. Over the last 15 years I have worked in the documentary sector, running markets, conferences and industry organisations, building innovative programs to assist the creative screen production industry with development and growth. I have a strong interest in entrepreneurship, network building and tech innovations. I have an advanced understanding of Internet platforms and economies, and the opportunities media convergence brings. My Master's research and thesis focussed on the effects of digitisation on the screen content production sector. 

Work experience

Aug 2014Present

Executive Director

I am overseeing the transition of the Australian International Documentary Conference into NET-WORK-PLAY; a new event that brings together content producers, tech innovators and entrepreneurs. NET-WORK-PLAY is a content market, creative industries talk fest, a tech convention and a startup party in one.
May 2013Present


Alpha Beta Theta
Alpha Beta Theta is a small consultancy firm active in the creative and cultural sectors. Alpha Beta Theta provides expertise assessments, process management and business coaching.
May 2006Present

Executive Director

Australia's peak industry body for the documentary and factual film and television production, distribution and broadcast sectors.
May 2010May 2011


Media Resource Centre 

Responsible for direction setting and governance of a not for profit, membership organisation 

Sep 2000Dec 2005


The Forum for International Co-financing
The world's most eminent financing forum for creative documentary.


Tribeca Film Institute
As a consultant I helped identify broadcasters and investors for Tribeca All Access's documentary program.
Jan 2004May 2004

Publications Coordinator

Toronto Documentary Forum
Responsible for all catalogues and market publications at the Toronto Documentary Forum, the international co-financing market at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival



Master's Degree

Australian Film Television and Radio School

Thesis Title: The Third Phase; the effects of digitisation on the screen content production sector. The economic effects of media convergence. 



The European Television and Media Management Academy

European Media Executive Leadership Program 


Not graduated 

University of Nijmegen

Social and Cultural Anthropology 

Other Relevant Industry Roles

I have been a jury members for major film festivals and all main Australian industry awards, including the Logies and the Australian Academy Awards (AACTA). I am a project assessor for the South Australian Film Corporation and the New Zealand Film Commission. I am a contributor to Sight and Sound Magazine 'best documentaries of all times'.