Ms Deanne Weir

Ms Deanne Weir

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 and technology industries and the social sector.

Deanne's company invests in entrepreneurs and storytellers to help them change the world.

Deanne is Chair of two companies, ASX-listed Ai-Media, a global provider of technology-driven live and recorded captioning, transcription and translation services, and Seer Data & Analytics, a civic technology start-up helping the social sector make better decisions through the use of data and insights.

Deanne recently joined the board of Verve Super, a superannuation fund dedicated to female members.

Deanne has held leading board and advisory roles within companies in which has invested, across the screen, music, publishing and technology industries, including award winning screen production company Hoodlum. has made direct investments in Australian feature films, including I Used to Be Normal, BabyTeeth, Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears and I Am Woman.

Its newest projects are Blaze, the feature film debut of artist, writer and director, Del Kathryn Barton, How to Please A Woman, from debut writer/director Renee Webster, and Seriously Red, from Dollhouse Pictures.

In addition to her business roles, Deanne is active in the community sector through The WeirAnderson Foundation and is an active board member in the sector.

A board member of Screen Australia for eight years until 2016, Deanne was instrumental in the development of its Gender Matters program and remains a member of its Gender Matters Taskforce. Deanne is also Chair of the Sydney Film Festival and For Film’s Sake an advocacy organisation providing opportunity for all women in production, distribution and cultural exhibition.

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 removing barriers to self-employment for disadvantaged women, helping them achieve financial independence. In 2019, Deanne was appointed as a Trustee of the Asia Foundation, a US-based international development organisation with a strong focus on gender equality.