ABC names Jennifer Collins as head of factual and culture

The ABC has appointed Jennifer Collins as its inaugural head of factual and culture, within the entertainment and specialist division.

Collins will lead the development and production of innovative content across genres such as arts, religion, science, education, health, history and social affairs.

Collins has previously held senior roles including at the ABC as head of development, head of factual and head of entertainment.

ABC factual and culture, which was announced in June as part of the ABC’s Five Year-Plan, brings factual content makers into a single team across television, radio and digital, including Radio National, podcast creation hub Audio Studios and flagship programs such as Compass, Catalyst and the ABC’s acclaimed arts documentaries.

Michael Carrington, ABC director entertainment and specialist, welcomed Collins’ return to the national public broadcaster.

“Jen is well known and respected by ABC people and partners alike and her unique skills across multiple platforms will help drive our transition towards digital content and services,” he said.

“Australians love and trust the ABC’s factual content, from our feature-length arts programs to long-form audio documentaries. In a world of bombast and bluster, the values of creativity, clarity and intellectual rigour are more important than ever. Jen’s experience and expertise will ensure the ABC remains the trusted home of big ideas and beautiful stories across multiple genres and platforms.”

Collins’ said she was looking forward to delivering the ABC’s distinctive and engaging content across factual and culture.

“I’ve always been deeply committed to public broadcasting and value the ABC’s unique contribution to Australia’s cultural life,” she said.

“I’m delighted to be back at the ABC to lead the Factual and Culture team, where I’ll be working with Australia’s best creative talent to deliver a rich and diverse slate of programming.”

Collins returns to the ABC from her most recent role as director of content at Fremantle Australia, where she had responsibility for the development and production of scripted and non-scripted content.

In 2013, she worked as head of non-fiction at Screentime, where she led the content and digital strategy across the non-scripted slate for five years. Her credits as executive producer included the ABC programs Anh’s Brush With Fame, Stop Laughing…this is serious and Making Child Prodigies, along with The Secret Life of 4 -Year-Olds and Testing Teachers.

Other career highlights include working as series producer on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2000 Paralympic Games, executive producer on The Chaser’s War on Everything and producer on Club Buggery with Roy & HG.

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