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C4′s Jackson to replaces Mertes at Sundance Institute

The Sundance Institute has hired Tabitha Jackson (pictured), commissioning editor for arts at UK broadcaster Channel 4, to head its Documentary Film Program and Fund.
November 14, 2013

The Sundance Institute has hired Tabitha Jackson (pictured), commissioning editor for arts at UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4), to head its Documentary Film Program and Fund.

Jackson will leave C4 at the end of the year and relocate to the U.S., where she replaces Cara Mertes, who previously served as director of the DFP.

Mertes left the Institute in May to join The Ford Foundation, as director of its JustFilms initiative.

C4 is now hunting for a replacement arts commissioner.

In a statement, C4′s head of factual Ralph Lee said: “Tabitha has made the arts on Channel 4 truly distinctive with original commissions like Random Acts, House Party, Street Summer and the BAFTA-winning In The Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry.

“She also made a real mark in documentaries backing The Arbor, The Imposter and Dreams of a Life. We’ll miss her unique output and her presence as a colleague, but we wish all the best at Sundance.”

Prior to becoming arts commissioner at C4, Jackson served as editor of the network’s digital channel More4.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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