ABC appoints new Head of Comedy
The ABC has appointed Rick Kalowski, currently Creative Director for Quail Television, as its new Head of Comedy.
Kalowski’s credits as either co‐creator/co-writer/executive producer include At Home with Julia, Comedy Inc, Double Take, Big Bite, The Honourable Wally Norman and the upcoming Wednesday Night Fever scoring AACTA/AFI Award nominations, Australian Writers’ Guild Awards and nominations, Logie Awards and a Golden Rose of Montreux nomination for Best International Comedy.
He has also developed comedy pilots for 20th Century Fox Television in the US, and for the BBC.
Kalowski said, “I’m hugely honoured and excited to be joining ABC TV as Head of Comedy. The ABC’s greatest comedy shows have been foundation experiences in my life, both as a viewer and a writer, and the opportunity to help continue that tradition is truly a privilege. Hopefully I don’t wreck the joint.”
Carole Sklan, ABC TV’s Head of Drama added “We’re delighted Rick is joining ABC TV as Head of Comedy. He is passionate about Australian comedy and brings considerable creative skills and experience to the role. Rick has written and produced hours of sketch and narrative comedy. He also has a background in the law which seems to have only enhanced his sense of humour.”
Kalowski will take up his position in Sydney following production of Wednesday Night Fever in the second half of 2013, and exit his role with Quail Television.
Until then ABC Fiction will continue to manage the comedy slate.