ABC Deputy Head of Fiction to depart

2015-02-05_0000Greer Simpkin, Deputy Head of Fiction, will leave the ABC at the end of the month to join the independent production sector.

An ABC statement says Simpkin has been a key player in setting the vision for ABC Television’s Fiction slate. She oversaw the financing, budgeting, commissioning and production of a wide range of award-winning and critically acclaimed drama and narrative comedy programs including The Slap, Rake, Jack Irish, Mabo, Janet King, Upper Middle Bogan, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Please Like Me, Carlotta, Paper Giants and Devil’s Dust.

She was also an Executive Producer for The Code, Parer’s War, Hiding, The Secret River and the co-production Serangoon Road.

“It’s been a privilege to work with some of Australia’s finest producers, directors and writers to create some truly distinctive drama and comedy. I’ve loved my time at the ABC and I look forward to continuing to tell Australian stories from within the independent sector,” she said.

Richard Finlayson, ABC Director of Television, said: “Greer will be greatly missed at the ABC. Her creative and strategic skills, business acumen, passion and commitment to great Australian drama and comedy have been invaluable to the work of TV Fiction. We wish her the very best in her new role as an independent Creative Producer and look forward to seeing some wonderful work.”

She departs on February 27th to become Head of Television at Queensland feature film production company Bunya Productions, owned by Producer David Jowsey and Writer/ Director Ivan Sen.

“It is a great coup for the Bunya Group to attract a television executive with such deep experience and wide respect within the industry,” said Jowsey.

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