Sedgwick, who joined ABC following her role as former CEO of the Adelaide Film Festival, has overseen commissions including Autopsy on A Dream, The Art of Australia, I Want to Dance Better At Parties, Hannah Gadsby’s Oz, The Real Mary Poppins, Art & Soul 2, Brilliant Creatures , and Tender.
She has also overseen The Book Club, Jennifer Byrne Presents and At the Movies.
“I’m leaving the ABC with genuine regret – I’ve loved my time here – but this is an opportunity I just cannot turn down. It has been an enormous learning curve working inside a broadcaster of this size and scale, but it’s been both very creative and very satisfying to work with so many wonderful people across the ABC as a whole.
“I will particularly miss my colleagues in TV Arts who are such a brilliant team, the ABC Arts Council and the TV Executive. And I’ve loved working with some truly amazing program makers both inside and outside the organisation. I hope that we can continue to collaborate in new ways through ACMI!” she said.
Richard Finlayson ABC’s Director of TV says ”Katrina brought vision and ambition to ABC TV’s Arts slate, and by recognising the power of bringing the various platforms together, she created a single brand, ABC Arts, that will be the leading curator of Arts-based content in the country.
“Not only has she nurtured new and emerging talents, she has found breakthrough moments for Arts programming, like The Art of Australia and Brilliant Creatures both of which have reached massive national audiences and keep Arts in the mainstream conversation.
“We’re sad to lose Katrina, but I’m sure we’ll continue to work alongside her in her new role.”
She departs in February.