With a media career spanning four decades, Carmel Travers is a familiar face and voice for radio and television audiences across Australia.
Formerly a journalist with the ABC and foreign correspondent based in East Africa, Carmel became best known to audiences as the producer and presenter of the science and technology television series Beyond 2000, which screened to audiences in more than a hundred countries around the world.
She has produced hundreds of hours of television and documentaries, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her work which has been screened throughout the world.
In recent years Carmel has become known as a successful businesswoman, having initiated and developed into successful enterprises a number of major Australian production companies.
Throughout the eighties Carmel was a founding Executive Director of Beyond International, where she produced and wrote several series of Beyond 2000, and a number of award winning documentary films including Red Flag Over Tibet, Climate in Crisis and Australia 2020.
Carmel was appointed General Manager of News and Current Affairs for the Ten Network in Australia, a position she held for three years. She has also reported for the ABC's Foreign Correspondent from Bosnia and East Africa.
Through the '90s she established Energee Entertainment, the film and television production company that produced amongst other things the feature film version of the great Australian classic, Norman Lindsay's The Magic Pudding.
As Managing Director of the film and television production company Purple Pictures, Carmel produced the highly acclaimed documentary Refugee Like Me for the ABC, Truth, Lies and Intelligence on the Iraq War for SBS, and the series looking at the lives of rural women in New South Wales, Not All Tea and Scones.
Carmel has sat on a number of government and private boards, including the Commission for the Future, the Advertising Standards Board, Greenhouse Action Australia, Ten Network Holdings, Energee Entertainment, Ravensburger Germany, and Beyond International Limited as well as several advisory committees related to CSIRO and innovative start-ups.
For the past five years Carmel has worked as an Executive Director of Essential Media and Entertainment, winner of the 2013 Independent Production Company of the Year, and the producer of acclaimed drama productions Rake, Jack Irish, Gourmet Farmer (SBS) and the award winning documentaries Solo, The Hobbit and The Grammar of Happiness. Currently Carmel is producing an ambitious 52 episode CGI animated children's series for the ABC described by the ABC as 'Thomas the Tank Engine on the Water' - the series is called Bubble Bath Bay. Essential Media also created and produced the hit feature film Saving Mr. Banks, with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in the starring roles.
In each case these productions have required international participation and pre-sales. Carmel is well versed in all manner of international financing, and gearing small start-ups towards their expansion.
For the past 14 years Carmel has been an Australia Day Ambassador and has delivered addresses at Citizenship ceremonies throughout the country on various national and international issues.
Carmel's career has taken her to the most remote places on the planet; from Antarctica to Africa, where she lived for a number of years. She has filmed in Iraq, Iran, Russia, Bosnia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Algeria and Sweden as well as having made more than hundreds of journeys to the United States, Europe and Asia. She continues to travel the world for her work and spends more than eight months every year on the road.
In her four decades as a professional woman Carmel has managed to combine many roles - from mother and provider, to businesswoman, journalist, filmmaker, writer, lecturer and cinematographer. She says there's not a day where she wakes up not finding her work thrilling and rewarding. She has two sons - one a journalist, the other an international rock star.
Carmel grew up in rural South Australia and has always maintained her strong links with rural and regional Australia. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on the environment, the rights of the refugee, climate change, water security, food security and media production and financing. She is a passionate supporter of environmentally sound, sustainable agriculture and a strong advocate for Australia's need to maintain its food production capacity.
Client Comments for Carmel Travers
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- Carmel was perfect for the International Women's Day Forum. We found her an absolute pleasure to work with. Carmel met the facilitator brief perfectly and managed her tasks with compassion and professionalism. We appreciated the attention she gave to the project with ongoing contact prior to the event commencing.
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- Carmel was perfect for the International Womens Day Forum. We found her an absolute pleasure to work with. Carmel met the facilitator brief perfectly and managed her tasks with compassion and professionalism. We also appreciated the attention she gave to the project with a pre-briefing meeting and ongoing contact prior to the event commencing.
Rockdale City Council
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