The ABC has today announced the appointment of Katrina Sedgwick to the newly created role of head of arts for the public broadcaster's television operations.
Sedgwick replaces former head of arts and entertainment Amanda Duthie, who ironically left the ABC in December to replace Sedgwick as chief executive and director of the Adelaide Film Festival (AFF).
ABC director of television, Kim Dalton, said: "This new stand alone position reporting directly to me will provide stronger focus on our arts programming."
"As a result of changes to our arts production and line up last year we have increased the resources committed to primetime arts programming to be commissioned from the independent production sector.
"At this time of change Katrina will bring a wealth of expertise from her extensive and impressive background across the arts as a practitioner, producer and festival director. She has a track record in creating, commissioning and curating arts programming and events as well as building significant partnerships with art organisations.
"Katrina will bring a distinctive vision to ABC TV arts, an ability to connect with diverse audiences and extensive networks across the arts in Australia."
Sedgwick established the AFF and its investment fund in 2003. Prior to this, she was the artistic director of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, special events producer of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, artistic director of Come Out Festival, and co-director of the Sydney Fringe Festival.
"After nearly a decade with the Adelaide Film Festival I am ready to move on to a new challenge," she said.
"The newly created role of head of arts offers me the exciting opportunity to extend the curatorial and management skills I have developed at the AFF and particularly its film and television investment program.”
Sedgwick, who will be based in Sydney, will commence her role from 11 April.
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