ABC Australia names new head of kids

Libbie Doherty is tasked with commissioning more than 350 hours of content per year across its children's channels.
June 4, 2019

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has promoted Libbie Doherty (pictured) to head of children’s production.

Doherty had been serving as acting head of children’s content since June 2018 after the net’s former kids chief Michael Carrington was upped to acting director of entertainment and specialist.

In her new role, she will be responsible for commissioning more than 350 hours of children’s animation and live-action content across ABC Kids, ABC Me and preschool audio app ABC Kids Listen, as well as other digital and third-party platforms.

She will oversee in-house development and production for ABC’s children’s platforms and will also look to bring on external producing partners.

Since joining the ABC in 2015 as commissioning editor, Doherty has been instrumental in creating and launching top-rated kids programs, such as Mustangs FC, My Year 7 Life, Grace Beside MeHardball and ABC’s upcoming Netflix co-commission, The Unlisted. Additionally, she has helmed diversity programs including International Day of the Girl and DisRupted.

Prior to the ABC, she worked as a producer and director for a number of indie Australian prodcos, including Cheeky Little Media, Sticky Pictures and Blink Films. She also previously held producing roles in London at the BBC, Razorfish and Sky Television.

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