Entertainment director and ABC pundit Michael Carrington has resigned, heralding a return to the production business.
Carrington first joined the broadcaster in 2016 as Head of Children and Education, before being formally promoted to his current role in 2019.
During his time at the ABC, he commissioned series such as the International Emmy Award-winning Bluey and Retirement home for 4 year oldsas good as Fisk and The newsreader. At the start of COVID-19, Carrington was instrumental in launching the $5 million Fresh Start Fund, which has supported the development of over 200 productions and content ideas. The executive has also been the driving force behind the broadcaster’s diversity and inclusion command guidelines.
Prior to joining the ABC, Carrington was the CEO of Zodiak Kids Studios, working in London and Paris. He has also held positions at HIT Entertainment, Cartoon Network, the BBC, LEGO Media, Discovery Communications, Amazon Films and Network Ten.
ABC General Manager David Anderson praised Carrington for his accomplishments.
“Michael is a thoughtful, inclusive and creative leader, and the impact of his decisions can be seen in the dynamic range of programs the ABC has delivered to audiences under his leadership.
“Many of these decisions were made in response to the COVID pandemic and Michael has shown great leadership during this time.
“Michael is highly regarded and I know everyone at the ABC wishes him well on the next stage of his already dynamic career.”
Carrington will finish at the ABC next month, with fact and culture manager Jennifer Collins serving as entertainment director and specialist during the transition period.
“We have built a strong foundation to connect and create new audiences, including strengthening our creative teams, aligning our linear and digital platforms, scaling ABC iview, improving our operations and, most importantly, launching a long list new and compelling Australian content,” said Carrington.
“In 2020, the ABC announced a five-year plan to grow from a traditional broadcaster into the country’s most trusted and beloved digital content provider across all platforms. That plan is on track – I’m proud to the contribution of the entire E&S team and I thank them for their dedication.
“I also owe a huge thank you to the world-class independent producers, writers and performers I have had the privilege of working with over the years. The ABC will always be an inspiration to me and I am grateful to have had this experience.