New Head of Factual ABC TV

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New Head of Factual ABC TV

Phil Craig, one of the most experienced and highly-respected international factual executive producers, has today been appointed ABC TV’s Head of Factual. He will take up his position at ABC TV on Monday, 29 October in Sydney.

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Craig, who is currently working for British independent producer, Nutopia, has also worked extensively with the BBC, Granada Television and other leading UK production companies such as Diverse and Brook Lapping.


He has worked with ABC TV in co-producing a number of highly-successful documentaries including Surviving Mumbai, Skippy: Australia’s First Superstar, The Great Escape: The Reckoning, Churchill’s Darkest Decision, and two recently-completed projects: Chateau Chunder: The Australian Wine Revolution and Desert War. Craig’s extensive experience in Australia also includes The Secret History of Eurovision, for SBS, and Bom Bali, for Network Ten.


Kim Dalton, Director of ABC TV said “We are thrilled to have someone of Phil’s background and expertise joining us. His achievements in Australia and internationally are quite exceptional and I have no doubt he will make an important contribution to the quality and diversity of the ABC’s factual output.”


Craig’s range includes major history series and environmental series like Geldof in Africa, science documentaries and hard-hitting reports on contemporary subjects such as Surviving Katrina, The Flight That Fought Back, and 2011’s Targeting Bin Laden, which contained President Obama’s only documentary interview on the Bin Laden raid; the BBC’s Finest Hour and high-rating shows for Discovery Channel Shark Week; thought provoking films for the BBC’s Storyville documentary strand and Sky Atlantic’s upcoming The British.


Craig has also co-written five books, including the best-selling Finest Hour, The End of the Beginning, Diana: Story of a Princess, andTrafalgar: the Men, the Battle, the Storm, several of which were made into TV series.


Phil Craig said “This is a dream job for me. Over the last eight years I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working for the ABC alongside some fantastic Australian film-makers, and been hugely impressed with the talent and energy right across the industry here. I’m committed to the values and ambition of the ABC, one of the world’s truly great broadcasters. I’m looking forward to helping to maintain the high quality of its factual output, and developing it into new areas.’ 

For further information contact:
Lesna Thomas, Head of ABC TV Publicity
02 8333 3845 / 0407 287 320 / thomas.lesna@abc.net.au

 

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