Chantal Abouchar CEO, The Studio
Chantal has worked for three decades in the media, entertainment and screen industry locally and internationally, specializing in factual and documentary programs. She started her career at ABC television in Sydney, then spent five years based abroad, producing work for broadcasters across UK, Europe and USA.
Findings from thesis research completed in 2014, led to the establishment of The Studio in 2015. Building the non-profit organisation from the ground up, The Studio is now supported by more than 20 local and global consortium partners. With a growing community of 2,000 people (via The Studio meetup group), The Studio is one of four anchor tenants in the new Sydney Startup Hub, launching in December this year.
The underlying purpose of The Studio is to strengthen and develop the Australian media, entertainment, music, games and creative industries by fostering, supporting and enabling tech startups across these sectors.
Chantal has a Masters of Screen Arts and Business from AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School), Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University (Visual Arts, Sydney College of Arts) and Cinematography, AFTRS.