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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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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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