Jennifer Collins has been appointed the new Head of Entertainment for ABC TV.
Collins has been ABC TV’s Head of Factual for three years overseeing documentary and factual programs as well as Sport and Events, launching major initiatives in South Australia and Western Australia.
She has also been an executive producer in entertainment including The Chaser’s War on Everything, Strictly Dancing and The Glasshouse along with development of My Favourite Book and My Favourite Film specials.
The appointment follows the exit of Head of Arts & Entertainment Amanda Duthie with her former role now split with newly appointed Head of Arts Katrina Sedgwick.
Kim Dalton, Director of Television said, “Strong, intelligent and thought-provoking entertainment programming is core to ABC TV’s schedule. We also work with and have supported the development of some of Australia’s leading entertainment talent.
“Jennifer brings to this role a successful background and strong connections with this sector along with an impressive track record in spotting new talent and new ideas.”
Collins added, “I’ve had a terrific three years leading the factual arm and ensuring ABC TV is delivering a vibrant and contemporary factual slate. However, I am thrilled to be working again in the entertainment area, and look forward to working with the best of Australia’s entertainment producers and presenters as well as seeking out and developing the next generation of talent.”
In her new role as Head of Entertainment, Collins will also retain responsibility for Q & A, Poh’s Kitchen, Gardening Australia, Auction Room as well as Sport and Events programs.
Alan Erson, Head of Documentaries, will take responsibility for Catalyst, Compass and factual initiatives.
Collins begins her new role on Monday 30th April.