Jennifer Collins, Head of Factual at ABC: ‘documentaries shape our lives’

Documentaries give a voice to those who might not be heard, says ABC's Head of Factual and Culture.
Documentaries 'educate, shape, and enrich our lives,' says Jennifer Collins. Image: ABC

Hi Jennifer, can you tell us a bit about yourself and what your role as Head of Factual and Culture involves? 

‘I’m an exec of 30 years experience. I’ve enjoyed a rewarding career at the ABC, where I’ve worked across all genres of production, scripted and unscripted, from producing to executive producing, and then into management roles.  I left the ABC from the role of Head of Entertainment, previously having been Head of Factual/Documentaries. I was Head of Non-Scripted at Screentime, followed by Director of Content at Fremantle, and now back at the ABC as Head of Factual and Culture. 

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Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites