Mentors in Sydney
Deanne Weir is a former media lawyer and executive turned producer, investor and company director. She is passionate about storytelling, change-making and gender equality. Drawing insight from a distinguished corporate career including legal and senior executive roles at Telstra, Austar and Foxtel, Deanne now works across the screen industry and the social sector.
Deanne's company WeirAnderson.com invests in entrepreneurs and storytellers to help them change the world. Deanne is Chair of ASX listed company Ai-Media (ASX:AIM) , a global provider of speech to text services, and Seer Data & Analytics, a technology start-up helping the social sector make better decisions through the use of data and insights.
Deanne’s passion for storytelling sees her playing an active role in the screen sector both as an investor in screen stories and in board and advisory roles, including as Chair of the Sydney Film Festival, and advisor to and part owner of Hoodlum, a BAFTA and Emmy Award winning production company.
WeirAnderson.com has made direct investments in various Australian feature films, including I Am Woman, Babyteeth, Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears, and I Used to Be Normal. Deanne is also Chair of For Film's Sake, an advocacy organisation supporting increased female participation in the film sector, including running the global film lab, Attagirl.
In addition to her business roles, Deanne is active in the community sector with The WeirAnderson Foundation and is an active board member in the sector.
Her passion for human rights and previous life as a lawyer led Deanne to the Grata Fund, where she has been Chair since 2018. Grata assists Australian citizens to bring important litigation to push back against unfair laws and policies in the areas of human rights, climate change and democracy.
Deanne is also Chair of Global Sisters, an Australian not-for-profit helping disadvantaged women achieve financial independence through self-employment, a Trustee of The Asia Foundation and a member of Chief Executive Women.
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