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SBS splits content team, Sharman exits

Alison Sharman, recently head of commissioned content for SBS, is returning to the UK as the Australian pubcaster splits its content team into scripted and non-scripted divisions.
April 11, 2016

Alison Sharman, recently head of commissioned content for SBS, is returning to the UK as the Australian pubcaster splits its content team into scripted and non-scripted divisions.

Sharman, formerly director of daytime and factual for ITV, also held stints at the BBC in daytime and children’s programming. She was at SBS for three years.

SBS has announced that as of May, its commissioning team will be split into the two divisions “to leverage opportunities in the two distinct areas of content where SBS focuses its investments.” John Godfrey, currently SBS’ head of documentaries, will be appointed as head of non-scripted content, with Joseph Maxwell, currently a documentary commissioner for SBS, being upped to head of documentaries.

Among Godfrey’s credits for SBS thus far are the second and third series of Go Back to Where You Came From, Struggle Street and First Contact.

The non-scripted content team will be responsible for docs, food, entertainment and factual programming.

“We thank Alison for her invaluable contribution to SBS. In her time Alison has led an esteemed slate of great commissioned content across SBS, including the coup of bringing renowned chef Heston Blumenthal to the network,” said SBS’ director of TV and online content, Marshall Heald, in a statement. Alison was also instrumental in great series like The Family Law, Struggle Street, The Principal, Mardi Gras, Rachel Koo’s Kitchen Notebook and, in production, Deep Water. She is an exceptionally talented program-maker and we wish her all the best for the future.”

About The Author
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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