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Australian Broadcasting Corporation names new head of commercial

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has found a new head of commercial in Jessica Ellis, who has been in the role since August. Ellis first joined ABC in 2007. Her most recent ...
December 8, 2021

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has found a new head of commercial in Jessica Ellis, who has been in the role since August.

Ellis first joined ABC in 2007. Her most recent position was head of content sales and distribution, where she was responsible for delivering commercial’s success across global TV distribution, news syndication and home entertainment.

ABC Commercial credits her leadership with helping the company to sign major output deals with distribution partners around the world, leading to exponential growth of its business. Ellis has secured ongoing partnerships with Netflix, iTunes, Spotify and Stafn, and signed landmark syndication deals to expand ABC News content to new audiences. She also works with the Australian TV production industry to secure global distribution rights to key ABC franchises.

“ABC Commercial continues to face the challenges being seen elsewhere in content distribution, media and retail sectors. Jess brings the depth of experience and the range of skills necessary to lead ABC Commercial through the challenges, whilst continuing to align Commercial activities against the ABC’s Five-Year plan,” said Melanie Kleyn, ABC chief financial officer, in a news release.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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