Oz's ABC ups Dear to drama chief


SYDNEY -- As the Australian Broadcasting Corp. continues to lift its level of local drama production from a record low of 20 hours in 2005, the national broadcaster's director of television, Kim Dalton, announced Miranda Dear's promotion to head of drama.

Dear, formerly executive producer of drama, takes over the role held by Scott Meek, who resigned last year only months after Dalton was appointed director of television in May.

A former production and acquisitions consultant at the U.K.'s Channel 4 and Film Four, Dear has been at the ABC since August 2005 and has co-executive produced dramas "The Silence," "Stepfather of the Bride," "Curtin" and "Bastard Boys" as well as the currently-in-production series "Valentine's Day," "Rain Shadow," "Librarians" and "East of Everything".

"Miranda brings a fresh perspective and energy to our drama, at a time when we are significantly increasing our level of production," Dalton said in announcing the appointment. "Miranda has a long association with the development and production of diverse and high-quality film and television drama."

Prior to joining the ABC, Dear was a senior commissioning editor at Australia's other public broadcaster, SBS.