The ABC will step up its Indigenous content with the appointment of Sally Riley in a newly-created position of Head of ABC TV’s Indigenous Department.
Riley has been Head of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Unit for the last nine years. At the ABC she will be responsible for developing and commissioning an expanded slate of prime-time drama and documentary projects as well as the ongoing production of magazine programme Message Stick.
Director of ABC TV Kim Dalton said, “During her time as Head of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Unit, Sally has made a major contribution to the development of a vibrant independent Indigenous screen sector. Sally has also been responsible for developing and financing an impressive body of short dramas, documentaries and feature films.
“Last year ABC TV was able to screen a number of these, including Warwick Thornton’s outstanding Samson and Delilah. However, it’s time ABC TV stepped up and engaged more actively both with this fundamental part of our Australian culture and the emerging group of exciting and impressive Indigenous program makers. There is nobody more qualified than Sally to lead this work and I am very excited about welcoming her to ABC TV.”
Last year ABC aired a showcase of Indigenous short films presented by Margaret Pomeranz, The New Black.