After more than two decades at Foxtel, director of production Duane Hatherly is set to depart the pay TV provider.
Hatherly first joined Foxtel as a graphics designer 22 years ago, and from there, worked his way up the company ranks in promos and then through administration, channel and genre management, including as head of Lifestyle and his current role as director of production.
In an internal email to staff, Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh said it was hard to find anyone who had demonstrated as much loyalty and commitment to the company as Hatherly.
“It was during those formative years of our company that many life long friendships and bonds were formed and it won’t surprise any of you to know that Duane became a favourite amongst the team. To this day, his passion, warm disposition, genuine care and objectivity in his approach to work, remains some of his trademark qualities,” said Walsh.
“I am personally indebted to Duane for his unwavering loyalty, reliability and support over all these years. In every respect, he has been a pillar of support to me and I will be forever grateful.”
Hatherly said his time at Foxtel had offered him the opportunity to take responsibility of almost all facets of television and broadcast.
“And for the last six years leading local production, I certainly felt that I had the best job in TV in Australia! We’ve created some terrific programmes and landed so many standout successes,” he said.
“But the time has come and it feels right that I now move on. It is important to me to seek new a challenge for my own professional development and experience. I owe a debt of gratitude to many, many people here at Foxtel. Given the length of my tenure and the numerous chapters of this business’ evolution, the list of names would be very long indeed! Suffice to say that I had an awful lot of help and support along the way from many talented and passionate professionals.”
Hatherly will depart December 20.