The ABC has confirmed that Greer Simpkin, Deputy Head of Fiction, will leave the organisation on February 27 to join the independent production sector as a Creative Producer.
Greer has been a key player in setting the vision for ABC Television’s Fiction slate. She oversaw the financing, budgeting, commissioning and production of a wide range of award-winning and critically acclaimed drama and narrative comedy programs including The Slap, Rake, Jack Irish, Mabo, Janet King, Upper Middle Bogan, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Please Like Me, Carlotta, Paper Giants and Devil’s Dust.
Greer was also an Executive Producer for the award-winning series The Code, the telemovie Parer’s War, the gripping family drama Hiding, the upcoming mini-series The Secret River, and the major co-production Serangoon Road.
Greer Simpkin said: “It’s been a privilege to work with some of Australia’s finest producers, directors and writers to create some truly distinctive drama and comedy. I’ve loved my time at the ABC and I look forward to continuing to tell Australian stories from within the independent sector.”
Richard Finlayson, ABC Director of Television, said: “Greer will be greatly missed at the ABC. Her creative and strategic skills, business acumen, passion and commitment to great Australian drama and comedy have been invaluable to the work of TV Fiction. We wish her the very best in her new role as an independent Creative Producer and look forward to seeing some wonderful work.”