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Research Fellow, Media & Communications, RMIT University

Dr Alexa Scarlata is a scholar of media and cultural industries. She has a special interest in internet distributed television, content production and national screen policy. Alexa’s PhD thesis (University of Melbourne, 2022) was entitled ‘A Stream Come True? The Rise of Online TV in Australia and its Impact on Drama Production (2015-2020)’. This research found that while online TV has provided rather limited support for the development of original Australian television drama, it has proven advantageous for the distribution of existing local drama and the likely future production of content with an increasingly global focus.

In recent years, Alexa has worked on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, ‘Internet-Distributed Television: Cultural, Industrial and Policy Dynamics’ with Ramon Lobato, Amanda Lotz and Stuart Cunningham. Alexa is currently working with Ramon Lobato on the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship Project, ‘Television in the platform ecosystem’, which is investigating smart TV software and its implications for television distribution and consumer access to content. Alexa is the Reviews Editor of the Journal of Digital Media and Policy and a 2022 recipient of the CHOICE/ADM+S Consumer Advocacy Placement.


  • 2022–present
    Research fellow, RMIT University


  • 2022 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 2013 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Global Media Communication
  • 2010 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications)