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ABC in Australia promotes Jessica Ellis to head of ABC Commercial

Australian pubcaster the ABC has named Jessica Ellis as head of its sales arm ABC Commercial, a role she has been overseeing since August.

Jessica Ellis

Ellis was most recently head of content sales and distribution at ABC Commercial, responsible for global TV distribution, news syndication and home entertainment.

Under her leadership, ABC Commercial has signed major output deals with international distribution partners and secured ongoing partnerships with players including Netflix, Stan, iTunes and Spotify.

Ellis, who joined the ABC in 2007, works with the Australian TV production industry to secure global distribution rights to key ABC franchises, such as The Wiggles and You Can’t Ask That.

Ellis has also worked in drama investment for Screen Australia and digital media sales for BBC Studios (fka BBC Worldwide).

ABC chief financial officer Melanie Kleyn said: “ABC Commercial continues to face the challenges being seen elsewhere in content distribution, media and retail sectors. Jess brings the depth of experience and the range of skills necessary to lead ABC Commercial through the challenges, whilst continuing to align commercial activities against the ABC’s five-year plan.”


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