ABC appoints Factual Commissioning Editor


ABC has appointed Michael O’Neill to the role of Commissioning Editor, Factual.

Most recently, O’Neill was Vice President of Unscripted Development at Essential Media, based in Los Angeles. He was previously Head of Unscripted Development at Essential Media Australia where he worked on such titles as Dingo: Wild Dog at War, Getting Frank Gehry, Maddie Parry: Inside the Clinic, Australia: The Story of Us and What’s The Catch?

He was also Co-Executive Producer for National Geographic channel’s The Human Experiment, Executive Producer of Restored and has worked on projects for Discovery Canada, Discovery Networks International, Animal Planet, National Geographic, Disney, HGTV, DIY, Arte & Smithsonian Channel.

Awards include a Digital Emmy Award for Scorched (2009) and a Golden Panda Award for The Grammar of Happiness (2013).

Steve Bibb, ABC TV Head of Factual said: “I’m delighted to welcome Michael to the Factual team. His passion for storytelling and his ability to spot a really good idea will help cement ABC TV’s position as Australia’s leading factual and documentary destination. He joins a dynamic and ambitious team.”

He commences with ABC TV on April 4.

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