Producer-distributor Fremantle Australia and New Zealand has appointed television executive Jennifer Collins as director of content of its Oz division.
In the new role, Collins will be tasked for the development and production slates for both scripted and unscripted programming when she joins the Perth, Australia-based media company next week. Her main focus will be building Fremantle’s content offering while also collaborating with top creative talent.
Collins joins Fremantle following a five-year stint at Banijay Group-owned specialist television prodco Screentime, where she most recently served as head of non-fiction. Prior to this, she was ABC’s head of entertainment. She has overseen development and production slates at both organizations that includes such successful series as Stop Laughing… This Is Serious, Dirty Laundry Live, Gruen Planet and Kitchen Cabinet.
Fremantle’s CEO Australia & New Zealand Chris Oliver-Taylor commenced his role with the company this past September. With Collins’ hire, the creative leadership team has been solidified and will, according to a release, “spearhead Fremantle’s development and production strategy with a renewed focus on creativity” as the core of the company’s business.
Director of unscripted Caroline Spencer, director of major formats Jonathon Summerhayes and scripted director Jo Porter will now report into Collins.
Spencer will be focused on leading the factual, light entertainment and game shows through their development and production cycle, as well as manage all third-party format agreements. Summerhayes, meanwhile, will manage and lead Fremantle’s entertainment formats, including Australia’s Got Talent and The Greatest Dancer.