Sacha Gregson.

The ABC has promoted Sacha Gregson to acting head of content investment and planning in the entertainment and specialist division.

She takes over from Alastair McKinnon, who departs the broadcaster next month to take up the post of MD of NBCUniversal’s Matchbox Pictures.

Last year Gregson was appointed production executive in children’s content, working with the creative team to develop and commission drama, animation and factual content with internal and external producers.

Angela Burgess, currently ABC business manager in operations, will act in that role.

In her new post Gregson will liaise between content areas and Michael Carrington, the acting director of E&S, to develop funding initiatives with Screen Australia and the state agencies. She will also oversee the content business management team and their commissioning roles.

Based at the ABC Southbank Centre, she has worked in the broadcasting industry for more than 20 years. From 1995 to 2003 she served at the BBC in London in several key roles including production manager for the flagship science series Horizon.

She joined the ABC in 2003 as line producer in the Natural History Unit before moving to production executive in the factual team. Since then she has worked across most of the commissioning genres including Indigenous, sport, events and entertainment.

Carrington said: “Sacha has played a pivotal role in delivering high-quality and distinctive content to audiences across multiple genres. She has invaluable expertise and experience from working closely with independent producers and agencies and will be a great asset to the ABC as acting head of content investment and planning.”

Carrington also thanked McKinnon for his his contribution to the ABC as a talented executive who has enhanced the ABC’s collaborations with industry partners.

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