The BBC has hired ABC exec Mandy Chang as commissioning editor of ‘Storyville’ and acquisitions.
She replaces Kate Townsend, who departed the company in June to join Netflix. Townsend took over the commissioning role with the UK pubcaster when Nick Fraser stepped down from the post last year. She previously worked as executive producer on the doc strand.
For the past four-and-a-half years, Chang (pictured) has worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) as head of arts, and more recently as the acting head of non-scripted television across its entertainment, factual, live events and arts departments.
Before joining ABC, Chang worked as a documentary filmmaker, writer, series producer and executive producer for British indies and UK broadcasters. Her feature documentary, The Mona Lisa Curse for Channel 4, won an Emmy, a Grierson, the Rose D’Or and the Banff Grand Jury Prize.
“We’re delighted that Mandy is joining us in this new role. She brings with her a genuine passion for and commitment to ‘Storyville’ and international feature documentaries. Her work both as a film maker and more recently as a factual commissioner means she will also bring an experienced eye to acquisitions across all the factual genres,” said Clare Sillery, head of commissioning, documentaries, in a statement.
In her new role, Chang will lead factual acquisitions for the BBC Content. To support her, the pubcaster has tapped Hayley Reynolds as assistant commissioner, ‘Storyville’ and Jo Lapping has been appointed assistant commissioner, acquisitions.
Reynolds has been at Minnow Films for the past five years, developing and producing broadcast and theatrical documentaries including Williams, which will be released in theaters this month.
She has spent the last ten years producing for directors such as Morgan Matthews, John Dower, Bruce Goodison, John Douglas, Dan Reed and Ursula MacFarlane. She has worked on award-winning and critically acclaimed documentaries including BBC3′s Our War and the BAFTA-nominated Keeping Britain Alive for BBC2.
Elsewhere, Lapping was formerly BBC strand manager, responsible for a broad portfolio of programming across ‘Storyville’ and BBC factual acquisitions.
Lapping has worked with a range of international filmmakers, distributors, co-production funding partners and other key industry organizations on over 600 documentary film projects for the BBC, including The Furthest, The Cult that Stole Children and If A Tree Falls.