Staff changes prepare for ABC3
In advance of ABC3 launching later this year, the network has announced a new structure for its Children’s Department.
In advance of ABC3 launching later this year, the ABC has announced a new organisational structure for its Children’s Department.
Executive Head of Children’s Content, Tim Brooke-Hunt, said: “The ABC is entering a most exciting period in its long history of broadcasting to Australian kids. In a few months we will launch ABC3, a channel dedicated to school-aged children, whilst expanding our offering to pre-schoolers with ABC For Kids on 2, enhancing our on-line services and maintaining our current programming on ABC1.
“In order to enable us to achieve these aims, I am delighted to announce the appointment of a highly-qualified group of executives to enable us to realise this goal.”
According to a statement released by ABC, a number of new positions will report to Head of Programming & Acquisitions, Barbara Uecker:
Emma Dobinson has been promoted to the position of Manager of Scheduling & Acquisitions (Pre-school). Emma has worked within the children’s television department since 2004, most recently in the position of Assistant Programmer.
Emma Mungavin has been appointed to the position of Manager of Scheduling and Acquisitions (School-aged). Emma currently holds the position of Programming and Scheduling Manager at Nickelodeon Australia, and will start her new role with ABC TV on 20 July.
Kerry O’Dowd has been appointed to the position of Key Brands Manager, responsible for supervising the off-air activities of ABC Children’s key in-house brands (Playschool and Bananas in Pyjamas) as well as looking after key characters and brands not owned by ABC.
The other changes in the department will report to the Head of Commissioning and Development, Carla de Jong:
Simon Hopkinson has been appointed to the position of Development & Commissioning Editor, responsible for supervising the development and production of shows to be commissioned from independent producers. Simon is one of Australia’s most experienced script writers and editors, and was President of the Australian Writers Guild from 2003 to 2007. He starts his new role on 29 July.
Jan Stradling has been appointed to the position of Executive Producer – Children’s Production, responsible for the internal production of Play School, Roller Coaster and new hosted-blocks soon to be announced. Jan has long specialised in children’s television and previously worked for Disney Channel, Australia in a similar role. Initially a primary school teacher, Jan is also a published author of both adult and children’s books. Jan started her new role on 10 July.
Aaron Mulheron has been promoted to the position of Development & Commissioning Co-ordinator, responsible for the co-ordination of all areas of production for Children’s TV. Aaron is currently Assistant to the Executive Head of Children’s TV, and starts his new role on 29 July.
Alison Weston, Manager of Educational Programs for ABC TV will continue to report to the Executive Head of Children’s TV.