EXCLUSIVE: The ABC has secured the services of highly respected TV producer Nick Hayden.
Hayden joins the ABC as one of four Executive Producers of Entertainment at the public broadcaster.
The appointment was confirmed to this website by the ABC’s Head Entertainment Jon Casimir:
"Very excited to have Nick on board. Obviously I've worked with him before, on Hungry Beast, so I know very well how much talent he has."
The Entertainment division at the ABC are responsible for overseeing production on programs such as Gruen, Home Delivery, The Weekly, Mad as Hell, Kitchen Cabinet and The Chaser.
Hayden has an extensive TV career, but is best known for his work as creator, show-runner and executive producer of The Feed for SBS, where he developed TV talent such as Marc Fennell, Patrick Abboud, Jeanette Francis and Andy Park, as well as turning newsreader Lee Lin Chin into a Gold Logie nominated comedy superstar.
Acknowledging his departure, Managing Director of SBS, Michael Ebeid told this website:
"Nick is a outstanding and creative executive producer, was the driving force behind The Feed and has perfectly executed on the vision we had for the program."
"Nick has built a talented team of people working on The Feed who will continue doing the great work they are in telling the news in new and interesting ways."
"Nick will be missed at SBS, but we wish him all the best in his new role and thank him for all his dedication in what he has created for SBS viewers."
Hayden has also previously been involved with producing Breakfast and The Project for Network Ten, and producer/editing roles on Hungry Beast and Gruen for the ABC.