Brendan Dahill

Essential Media Group opens shop in New Zealand

Essential Media Group has opened shop in New Zealand, scoring a local commission from Sky-owned free-to-air broadcaster Prime. The new business, Essential Media Group NZ, is a Wellington-based joint venture with Libertine Pictures. The outfit opens doors with a commission in hand, having recently struck a deal for a 4 x 60-minute series entitled Griff’s […]

Essential taps Seven Network exec for commercial partnerships

Sydney and Los Angeles-based Essential Media Group has hired Seven Network exec Lauren Peacock as its head of commercial partnerships. Peacock, who most recently served as brand partnerships manager at Seven Network Australia, will be tasked with securing and managing commercial agreements across the Kew Media Group-owned business’s production slate, which includes The Pacific in […]

Dahill exits as Keo Films Australia closes

Former ABC exec Brendan Dahill is exiting Keo Films Australia, which is to be closed down following a review. UK-based Keo Films confirmed the Australian wing would shutter on December 31 despite recent success with the ABCs’ War on Waste and SBS’s top-performing local series Struggle Street. This comes after an operational review, and the […]

Foxtel exec fills vacant unscripted role at ABC

A senior Foxtel executive has taken over non-scripted production at the ABC in Australia. Josie Mason-Campbell (pictured) has been hired as head of non-scripted, in effect taking over the role Brendan Dahill vacated when he joined Keo Films’ Aussie arm. The post puts her in control of ABC TV’s factual, entertainment, arts and events slate. […]

Dahill leaves ABC for KEO

The Australian arm of indie prodco KEO Films has hired Brendan Dahill as its new CEO. He joins from local pubcaster the ABC where he was head of non-scripted production. Dahill started his TV career in the UK at ITV and then Discovery, before joining BBC Worldwide. At the ABC he has been head of […]

Major restructure at Australia’s ABC

The ABC is implementing a wide-ranging restructure that will see all programming responsibility come under the control of a new role, head of audience and digital. Rebecca Heap, formerly head of strategy and digital products, will take the role at the Australian public broadcaster. ABC said the reorganisation was a reaction to ‘dramatic audience behaviour […]

Aussie net goes Inside the Commons

The ABC in Australia has tapped UK indie Atlantic Productions for 4x60mins doc series Inside the Commons. The series, from political filmmaker Michael Cockerell, will air on the Australian pubcaster later this month, with Atlantic taking it to MIPTV in April. The show goes behind the scenes of Britain’s parliament buildings in Westminster, London. It […]

ABC Australia rejigs management, ditches controller roles

Australian public broadcaster the ABC has reorganised its senior management structure and is dispensing with the role of individual channel controllers. From 2014 the new structure will mean that a ‘head of programming’ position will replace the individual channel controller positions. Two channel managers will assist the new programming chief. Brendan Dahill, currently head of […]

Chris Lilley character returns in ABC, HBO, BBC comedy

Comic Chris Lilley has scored a new series for his schoolgirl bully character Ja’mie King via Australian pubcaster ABC1, HBO in the US and BBC Three in the UK. Australian-born Lilley played the role in previous series We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High and will now reprise the part in Ja’ime: Private School […]