Rachel Millar becomes new ABC Head of Entertainment

Rachel Millar becomes new ABC Head of Entertainment

ABC has appointed Rachel Millar as the new Head of Entertainment, effective immediately.

Millar has been with ABC since 2021, first as Executive Producer: Entertainment & Comedy, and since August as acting Head of Entertainment, following the departure of Nick Hayden.

Millar has developed and produced comedy and entertainment programming for both the independent production sector and for the ABC, with credits including Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell, Rove, (Andrew Denton’s) Interview, Spicks and Specks, Kath and Kim and Aunty Donna.

She will now oversee programs such as Hard Quiz, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Gruen and the Fresh Blood comedy initiative.

Rachel Millar said: “I fell in love with Entertainment shows growing up watching the ABC, so it’s an honour to be given the opportunity to take on the role of Head of Entertainment. The ABC has been the home of so many groundbreaking entertainment programs over the years, it’s a thrill to be able to continue the tradition of fostering great Australian talent, both in front of and behind the camera.”

Jennifer Collins, herself a former Head of Entertainment at ABC and now as ABC’s Head of Screen Content, welcomed Rachel’s appointment: “I am thrilled to have Rachel at the helm of our entertainment slate. She is one of the best and most highly respected creative entertainment execs in this country and I can’t wait for her to get her hands on the development slate for our ABC audiences who love their comedy & entertainment”.

ABC Chief Content Officer Chris Oliver-Taylor said: “I am delighted that with Rachel’s appointment, the ABC’s Entertainment, Factual, Arts, Music & Events, Children’s and Family and Scripted teams are all led by female leaders. It is a wonderful testament to Jen Collins as Head of Screen and her leadership that we have managed to attract and retain colleagues of the calibre of Susie Jones, Libbie Doherty, Kath Earle, Rachel Okine and now joined by Rachel Millar.”