AFC Chief Executive Kim Dalton has resigned to take up a senior appointment with the ABC as Head of Television. His last day at the AFC will be 24 February.
AFC Chair Maureen Barron said, "Kim has been an outstanding leader of the AFC during a period of change and has created a new organisation with a broader remit and national profile. His knowledge, instincts and industry experience and relationships will be assets to him and the ABC in his new role."
"A search will begin immediately for a new chief executive to lead the integrated AFC and continue its important role as a national cultural institution."
The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator the Hon Rod Kemp issued a media release paying tribute to Mr Dalton and his contribution to the Commission and the film, television and interactive digital media industry during his time there:
RESIGNATION OF AFC CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERThe Australian Government Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp, today paid tribute to the work of the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Film Commission (AFC), Mr Kim Dalton, who has announced that he will be resigning to take up a new position with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
"I am sorry to see Kim Dalton leave the AFC and I would like to congratulate him on his many achievements during his time at the AFC. He has made an enormous contribution to the Australian film industry as CEO of the AFC since August 1999", Senator Kemp said.
"During his term Mr Dalton successfully introduced new and effective programs of support for script and professional development and production, at a time of rapid industry change. He has taken a strong interest in the impact of new technologies and has managed the expansion of the AFC's screen culture programs. Mr Dalton has guided the AFC through a restructure, overseen the integration of the AFC and the National Film and Sound Archive, and was a key adviser to the Government during the negotiation of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement.
"I wish Mr Dalton every success in his future endeavours."
12 January 2006
Media contact: Adrian Chippindale
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Download the media release below.