Tim Brooke-Hunt looks to the East
After stepping down as ABC Television’s controller of children’s content, Tim Brooke-Hunt will launch his own banner, Pacific Vision, providing consulting and executive producer services.
Using his expertise in children’s entertainment, he will focus on international co-productions and co-financing, particularly with Asia.
Brooke-Hunt will continue as a member of the board of the Asian Animation Summit and in the next few months will act as a mentor to producers from Malaysia, Korea, Australia and Thailand whose projects will be presented at the summit in Phuket, Thailand, in December.
He played a key role in the launch of the annual event which is an initiative of ABC TV, Screen Australia, Korea's KOCCA and Malaysia's MDeC.
He leaves the ABC at the end of next week and will launch Pacific Vision on October 1. Deirdre Brennan, currently director of content, Australia and New Zealand, for BBC Worldwide, will replace Brooke-Hunt in the New Year.
Barbara Uecker, head of programming and acquisitions at ABC children’s TV, will be acting controller until Brennan is released by BBCWW.
Brooke-Hunt joined the public broadcaster as head of children’s content in 2007 and was promoted to controller in 2010, where he oversaw the launch ABC3 and the re-launch of ABC4KIDS on ABC2, which together reach almost 60% of Australian children aged up to 12 years.
Among the shows he commissioned were historical drama My Place, Dance Academy and pre-school series Giggle and Hoot. He worked for Beyond International and the Yoram Gross Studios before starting his own company, Sticky Pictures, in 2002.