Australia’s ABC makes acquisitions, factual appointments

Former Showtime Australia exec Anthony Mrsnik joins the public broadcaster as manager of international acquisitions and business development, while Matt Scully is named a factual commissioning editor.
July 24, 2013

Australian public broadcaster ABC has made two hires in both its commercial distribution division and its factual commissioning department.

Anthony Mrsnik, most recently with Foxtel following its acquisition of Showtime Australia’s movie and drama channels, joins ABC Commercial’s content sales team as a manager of international acquisitions and business development. Working with the manager of ABC Content Sales, Natalie Lawley, Mrsnik will focus on the acquisition of premium international content.

In addition, Matt Scully, series producer for the ABC science journalism strand ‘Catalyst’, has been appointed as a commissioning editor in its factual department. Scully, a film producer and director with Film Australia, has also worked on such programs as Honey, We’re Killing the Kids; Joker Poker and HG Nelson’s Bush Slam.

“At ‘Catalyst’, Matt has delivered some ambitious and ground breaking journalism in a television language that’s lively, modern and stylish,” said Phil Craig, ABC head of factual, in a statement. “We’re looking forward to having his input right across our factual and documentary output.”

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