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ABC Australia hires duo for kids, preps who’s who storytelling documentary

Books That Made Us host Claudia Karvan

ABC in Australia has appointed two executive producers working across scripted, factual and animation at its kids’ department and is set to premiere a documentary fronted by Claudia Karvan.

Margaret Ross has been named executive producer for scripted and factual, while Jo Boag will take up the newly created position of executive producer for animation.

Ross is a Dunghutti/Gumbaynggirr woman from Northern New South Wales with over 10 years’ experience in the Indigenous media sector. She joins from ABC Indigenous, where she was most recently an executive producer for ABC on All My Friends Are Racist and Preppers.

Ross begins November 8 and will report to Mary Ellen Mullane, managing editor at ABC Children’s Commissions, who joined from SBS’s National Indigenous Television (NITV) channel as an executive producer in 2019.

Boag, meanwhile, begins on November 1 and will also report to Mullane. She is an Emmy Award-winning creative director and has overseen brands such as Space Nova, Alice-Miranda, Guess How Much I Love You and Lexi & Lottie: Trusty Twin Detectives.

In related news, actor Claudia Karvan will front a three-part documentary about books that have shaped the Australian identity that will premiere on November 23 on ABC TV and ABC iview.

Books That Made Us is produced by Blackfella Films and will be a ‘who’s who’ of Australian storytelling, according to ABC, and see Karvan meet some of the country’s most beloved and brilliant writers.

These include Richard Flanagan, Alexis Wright, Helen Garner, Tim Winton, David Malouf, Kate Grenville, Christos Tsiolkas, Thomas Keneally, Liane Moriarty, Trent Dalton, Kim Scott and Melissa Lucashenko.


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