The ABC has appointed Jennifer Collins to the newly-expanded role of Head of Factual.
Collins has been acting in a similar role for the last 12 months overseeing such shows as Poh’s Kitchen,Q&A, Collectors, Gardening Australia and Catalyst. She has previously worked on The Chaser’s War on Everything,The Glasshouse, The Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Paralympics Games, My Favourite Book and My Favourite Film and more.
Kim Dalton, Director of ABC TV said “Jennifer brings a wealth of expertise and proven success to this expanded position. She brings a high level of energy and vision, which will be vital for the future development of programming for ABC TV.”
Meanwhile, Alan Erson has been appointed the new Head of Documentaries, responsible for developing and commissioning in ABC TV’s slate of independently-produced documentaries.
He replaces Stuart Menzies, who is now the new Controller for ABC2.
Erson has been ABC TV Commissioning Editor for science, history and natural history documentaries. He has overseen more than 115 hours of television including The PM is Missing, Bombora:The Story of Australian Surfing, Penguin Island, Darwin’s Brave New World, Two in the Top End, Lizard Kings, How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer, Voyage to the Planets, Surviving Mumbai and The Making of Modern Australia.
Prior to joining ABC, he worked with BBC, Canada’s CBC, Discovery and National Geographic channels.
Kim Dalton, said “Alan’s has a wonderful ability to identify stories and subjects, across a broad range of genres that resonate with our audience. He has a great track record in working with the independent documentary sector to bring these programs to the screen.”
Head of Documentaries will report to Head of Factual Jennifer Collins.
Both Collins and Erson will take up their new roles immediately.