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ABC Oz appoints children’s exec producer

ABC in Australia has appointed an exec from SBS’s National Indigenous Television (NITV) channel as an executive producer at its kids’ department.

Mary Ellen Mullane

Mary-Ellen Mullane has will her new role at ABC Children’s on October 8. She will commission for the ABC’s two dedicated children’s entertainment networks – ABC Kids and ABC Me – across television, radio, digital and third-party platforms, and oversee primary-school-age content produced by the ABC.

The exec will also work with independent producers, broadcasting partners and distributors on series and one-off projects across multiple genres, building on the ABC’s relationships with Australian screen agencies to “maximise opportunities for coproductions and financing,” the Australian pubcaster said.

Libbie Doherty, who was named head of ABC Children’s production in June, said: “Mary-Ellen is a leading creative commissioner and will bring her passion for children’s content and excellent leadership skills to oversee our innovative and diverse offering.

“She has the drive and experience to lead the ABC Children’s team in producing relevant, thought-provoking and high-quality premium programs for young audiences here and overseas.”

Mullane has more than 25 years experience in the Australian film and television industry, producing a wide range of content for children and families.

As senior commissioning editor at NITV, she oversaw the delivery of award-winning content, including animation, documentary, factual, entertainment, virtual reality projects and live-action drama. She has also worked as an investment development manager at Screen Australia and as a producer at Film Australia.

Her credits include the drama Grace Beside Me, Little J & Big Cuz, We Don’t Need a Map and VR project Future Dreaming.

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