Chris Oliver-Taylor appointed ABC Chief Content Officer

Chris Oliver-Taylor has joined the ABC in the newly created role of Chief Content Officer.

This position will report to the Managing Director and be responsible for the new Content division created from the merger of the current Entertainment & Specialist and Regional & Local divisions.

Currently Netflix’s Director of Production for Australia and New Zealand, Oliver-Taylor brings a unique skill set and experience to the ABC that has had him at the forefront of the screen industry.

In the past, Chris has had roles at the BBCNBCUniversal’s Matchbox Pictures and Fremantle Asia Pacific where he was CEO.

“This is a critically important role for the ABC and I am absolutely thrilled to bring my experience of leading incredibly talented people to the ABC at a vital time in its history,” Chris said.

“In a time of infinite choice across screen, audio and digital, we must deliver high quality and impactful content that resonates with all Australians, and I know to deliver this impact you can only do it with an amazing team.”

“I am very much looking forward to working with David, the Leadership Team and all the talented people at the ABC to ensure the ABC continues to be trusted, relevant and valued into the future.”

David Anderson said the appointment to this unique role comes at an important time in the ABC’s history.

“Chris is one of the most experienced, both locally and internationally, content leaders in the industry with a well-honed sense of audience expectations and creative trends across platforms and technologies,” David said.

“The ABC Chief Content Officer is a role that requires leadership across all content platforms – screen, audio and digital – and must have the right creative approach to support the work of all our content teams and deliver for the Australian public.

“I am very pleased that a leader of Chris’ experience and calibre is joining us for the next stage of the ABC’s story.”

Anderson thanked Jennifer Collins, who has acted as Director, Entertainment & Specialist for the past nine months.

“Jennifer is an outstanding leader and has done a wonderful job,” David said.

 “Chris and I both look forward to Jen performing a significant senior content role in the newly merged Content division, leading the content strategy into the future.”

He also acknowledged Warwick Tiernan and Lee Glendinning for their excellent work acting as Director, Regional & Local since Judith Whelan took up the role of Editorial Director earlier this year.

Anna Mallett, Netflix VP Production for APAC/EMEA/UK said: “Chris is hugely talented and has made significant contributions leading our studio in Australia and New Zealand since joining Netflix. We are enormously grateful to Chris, wish him every success for the future and look forward to working with him again as a content partner.”

Both Jennifer and Warwick will continue in those roles, reporting to Oliver-Taylor when he commences in late March, until the new Content division comes into effect from 1 July 2023.

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