Sandra Levy (producer)

Sandra Levy AO is an Australian film and television producer who has worked in both public and commercial television.

Sandra Levy

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationTelevision and film producer
Notable credit(s)High Tide
Police Rescue
The Well

Early life and familyEdit

Levy was born in Sydney. Her parents were Jewish communists from whom she inherited a love of the arts and a capacity for intellectual jousting.[1] She married her second husband Australian television director Michael Carson in the 1970s. They had one son together, Simon, but the couple later divorced.[2]


Levy was born in Sydney, New South Wales. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a BA majoring in English literature.[1] While at university she was a fringe member of the Sydney Push.[3]

After a short period as a school teacher, Levy joined the ABC as a trainee. In 1987 she was promoted to head of drama at ABC TV. From 1989 to 1998 she was head of drama at Southern Star Endemol. Levy returned to the ABC as director of television from 2001 to 2005. During her stewardship the audience increased 24 per cent, due to the production of programs including Kath and Kim, Spicks and Specks, Enough Rope and The Chaser. In 2006 she joined Channel 9 as head of drama and a year later took over from Malcolm Long[4] as CEO of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School[3] for two four-year terms, stepping down on 24 June 2015.[5]

Filmography (selected)Edit



Honours and recognitionEdit

In 2010 Levy was awarded a Doctor of Letters honoris causa by Macquarie University in recognition of her thirty years' work in film and television.[6]

Levy was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours for "distinguished service to the arts as a film and television director and producer, and through strategic leadership and educational roles".[7]


  1. ^ a b "Levy, Sandra". The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia. Retrieved 12 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "It's her ABC". The Sydney Morning Herald. 4 December 2004. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Levy, Sandra". The Australian Women's Register. Retrieved 12 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Levy succeeds Long at film school: producer and former TV executive Sandra Levy takes on the AFTRS directorship.(PEOPLE)(appointment of Sandra Levy,Catherine Millar at Australian Film Television and Radio School)(Brief article)", Encore Magazine, Reed Business Information Ltd, 25 (7): 7(1), 1 July 2007, ISSN 0815-2063
  5. ^ "2014–2015 Annual Report" (PDF). 2015: 6. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "Two Honorary Doctorates awarded for outstanding contributions". Macquarie University. 14 April 2010. Archived from the original on 25 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Ms Sandra LEVY". It's An Honour. Retrieved 12 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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