Former CEO of Screen NSW Courtney Gibson will become Managing Director and partner of Jungle (Here Come the Habibs, No Activity, The Moodys).
She joins with Jungle CEO Jason Burrows, Head of Production Chloe Rickard, Writer Phil Lloyd and Director Trent O’Donnell.
Gibson departed Screen NSW in January when it merged with Arts NSW to become Create NSW. has previously been a Programming Production Executive at Nine Network, Director of Programmes at Southern Star, Executive Head of Content Creation and Head of Arts, Entertainment and Comedy at ABC TV.
She starts as Jungle makes its first forays into TV drama with an unannounced long form drama series going into production in August and another television drama in funded development, created by showrunner Kristen Dunphy.
“I have a huge amount of respect for the team at Jungle; they’re such a class act of creative talent and I’m delighted to be joining the company as it moves into an exciting new phase,” she said.
Jason Burrows added: “We’re incredibly excited to have Courtney on board – she has fantastic instincts for creating great television, with significant experience across so many genres.”
Jungle also today announced the formation of The Jungle Collective, a creative hub for Jungle production partners and incubator for next generation showrunners and feature film-makers, to be managed by Jungle Head of Production Chloe Rickard.
Joining The Jungle Collective are Christiaan and Connor Van Vuuren (Soul Mates) and writer-director-actor Claudia Pickering (Frisky).
Chloe Rickard said: “The Jungle Collective is based at Jungle HQ, where writer / creators take a leadership role on their projects and collaborate across our slate. I’ve been working with the Van Vuurens for over five years and we love Claudia’s breakout film, so they’re both a natural fit. We look forward to partnering with more outstanding talent working across a variety of screen genres.”
Last week Here Come The Habibs was nominated for a prestigious Golden Nymph Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.