About C44

Channel 44 is Adelaide’s community media broadcaster, providing a collective online presence for local community groups and film makers. We provide video-on-demand and live-stream content through our website, mobile device and smart TV application.
C44 actively engages with local South Australian communities, businesses and events, to help promote and showcase the best of what our state has to offer. Through media partnerships, live-streaming, sponsorship opportunities and the power of social media, we help connect South Australia’s diverse communities with our viewers and followers.
C44 is run by a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers, working in roles from video editing to event coordination. We highly value the contributions made by our volunteers and in turn we provide a wide range of opportunities for their professional development. By training and utilising volunteer skills, we are able to provide professional media services in a cost effective manner.
We strive to work with and represent South Australian communities in a variety of ways including encouraging local talent, embracing innovative ideas and providing a platform for grass roots content. Please contact us if you would like to discuss how we can work with you.

Alex Sizer
Acting General Manager

Alex is the Acting General Manager at Channel 44 and the youngest General Manager in Australian television history.
Alex is an active member of the South Australian arts community, helping Sea Star Rock’s live performance at every Fringe Festival and working on the organising committee for not-for-profit music festival BlenheimFest.
She joined Channel 44 in September 2016 after working on the Sea Star Rock TV series.
In only her first year at C44, Alex developed the station’s social media strategy, led the social media team, organised the Digital Launch party, produced FringeWatch, and helped out with many live stream events including the Fringe Parade, Christmas in the Square, and the DreamBig Children’s Festival Opening.
Throughout her time here she’s connected with many sponsors, program makers, and community groups. She looks forward to working with them closely as Acting General Manager. Alex has travelled all over the world (41 countries and counting!) and has worked all over Australia, but still proudly calls South Australia home. She’s passionate about creating and sustaining local opportunities for students, volunteers, filmmakers, story tellers, and community groups in South Australia.

Lauren Hillman
General Manager

General Manager Lauren Hillman leads the team at C44 with over 12 years of industry experience. Lauren has had an exciting and varied career in the TV industry of South Australia and is passionate about storytelling and creating engaging content. After being appointed GM, Lauren was responsible for moving C44 into its new home of the ABC at Collinswood and is very excited about creating opportunities with untapped areas of the community, discovering new local talent and moving the station forward online to a multi platform delivery service for the South Australian community.
After graduating from Flinders University with Honours in Film Production and Drama, Lauren moved to the UK for 3 years where she worked on a history series for the BBC. After returning home to Adelaide, Lauren landed her dream position in the factual unit of ABCTV at Collinswood. During her career that spanned over over 8 years with ABC as a Producer/Director, Lauren’s credits include; Restoration Australia- Series 1, Poh’s Kitchen Lends a Hand, Poh on the Road, Dream Build, Maggie’s Christmas with Maggie Beer, Christmas with Poh, Cook and The Chef, Talking Heads with Peter Thompson and in 2014, Lauren wrote, directed and produced her own commissioned series for ABCiview, The Daters, which had overnight online success and was aired on ABC2 on Friday nights at 9pm.
After leaving the ABC at the end of 2014, Lauren was offered the Series Producer position on Channel Nine’s, Team Kids Easter Appeal, which was the first live event of it’s kind in South Australia in over 30 years. The 6.5 hour live televised event, filmed at the Nine studios in Tynte street, was also streamed live online across the country and raised 2.2m for The Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Other production credits for Nine include; The Credit Union Christmas Pageant 2015, televised nationally on Gem for the first time in 2015 and reality one hour special, Alysia and Lysandra to the Rescue in Nov 2015.
In 2016, Lauren produced sold out Adelaide Fringe show, An Evening with Annabel Crabb at the Festival Theatre, which was awarded ‘Best Event for 2016’ in the Adelaide Fringe awards.
Being a passionate cook and Royal Adelaide Show ribbon winner, Lauren is also a member of one of the newest and youngest Adelaide CWA branch and also every 3rd Tuesday is an Assistant Team Leader with Fred’s Van- St Vincent De Paul.

Emmanuel Photakis
Broadcast/Digital Manager

Emmanuel Photakis – or Eman, as he is widely known - is our Broadcast and Digital Manager. He ensures the station’s on air systems are running correctly and manages the website as well as any live stream Channel 44 is hosting. 
Emmanuel has been involved in the media in Adelaide for many years. He studied Film and TV at Media Arts Production Skills and did work experience at ABC, Seven and Ten in Adelaide. Eman came to C44 after working in the world of radio. He worked at Southern Cross Austereo Adelaide at both hit107 and Triple M as a panel operator, audio transfer assistant, and at times produced video content for both brands.
Emmanuel has always had a passion for producing local content and has encyclopaedic knowledge of Adelaide broadcasting history. He loves his sport and is excited to bring more local sports coverage to C44.

Alan Lawson
Operations Manager

Alan Lawson is our hands-on-deck Operations Manager who oversees the day-to-day operations of the station. With his eye for detail and experience in quality management, Alan ensures the smooth workflow and reliable delivery of the station is maintained.
Alan returns to community television after working as a volunteer for Channel 31 Adelaide during 2004-2006. During this time he produced a classical music program for the Elder School of Music, and worked on other station productions as video editor, broadcast operator, audio engineer and music composer. With a passion for music and all things local, Alan also introduced local music for overnight broadcast.
As a man of many hats, Alan later worked as a civil engineer on many local and interstate water infrastructure projects. During this time he gained valuable experience in a broad range of business standards and practices which he brings to community television.
With a Bachelor of Music Studies (Music Technology), Alan is also our go-to person for all things audio.
Alan is active in the local music scene as a fingerstyle acoustic guitarist and singer in a local indie band. Avid viewers of our TV station may even catch him and his guitar on-air from time to time!