Michael Carrington, a seasoned television executive who has spent the past six years at Aussie pubcaster ABC, is exiting the corporation to return to the world of production.
Carrington joined ABC after a long career in kids media that included executive roles at the BBC, Zodiak Kids, Channel 10, the Discovery Channel and Turner Broadcasting Europe. After initially coming in to ABC as head of kids and education content in 2016, he was subsequently appointed head of distribution, with responsibility for programming and program acquisitions, and ended his run as director of entertainment and the specialist division.
Over the years at ABC, Carrington commissioned Endemol Shine Australia’s live-action docuseries Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds and Ludo Studio’s hit preschool series Bluey, as well as launching the US$3.4-million (AUD$5-million) Fresh Start Fund in 2020 to support more than 200 local productions and creatives with ideas in development. He also spearheaded the release of new diversity and inclusion commissioning guidelines.
Jennifer Collins, head of factual and culture at ABC, will serve as acting director of entertainment and the specialist division for the time being.
“Michael is a thoughtful, inclusive and creative leader, and the impact of his decisions can be seen in the vibrant range of programs the ABC has delivered to audiences under his guidance,” said ABC managing director David Anderson regarding Carrington’s departure, which was announced by the pubcaster late last week.
“Many of those decisions were made in response to the COVID pandemic, and Michael showed great leadership during this time,” Anderson added. “Michael is highly regarded and I know everyone at the ABC wishes him well with the next step in his already dynamic career.”
(From Kidscreen Daily’s Ryan Tuchow, with files from Barry Walsh)