The Australian Film Commission today announced the appointment of Kim Dalton as its new Chief Executive.
Kim will take up his position on a full-time basis from August 2. Until then he will be available to the Commission to work on its restructure recommendations which are currently subject to industry consultations.
"Kim brings to the Australian Film Commission a broad perspective on the nature of the Australian film and television production industry and the issues it currently faces. That broad perspective is gained from experience in production, management of a screen culture organisation, and key roles in the Australian Film Finance Corporation and in distribution and acquisitions," said Maureen Barron, Chair of the Australian Film Commission.
"Kim has a valuable blend of formal business qualifications and industry experience and has a keen understanding of the policy and practical underpinnings of the Australian industry."
Kim Dalton will take over from Catherine Robinson who, after nine years in the position, leaves the Commission on August 6.
Kim is currently Manager of Acquisitions and Development at Beyond International Limited. He has worked as an independent producer, including managing his own production company which produced the television program The Magistrate for the ABC, and UK and Italian Broadcasters; he was General Manager of the Melbourne-based production and training organisation Open Channel from 1984 to 1987. During five years living in London, Kim completed a post graduate Diploma in Arts Administration. In 1992 he became the Australian Film Finance Corporation's Melbourne Investment Manager.
He joined Beyond in 1995 and over four and a half years has been involved in the development financing and production of a large number of television and feature film projects. He was Executive Producer of the children's television series Li'l Monsters and the award winning natural history series Wild Ones. He has also been involved in acquisition and international release by Beyond of a number of feature films including the AFC funded Love and Other Catastrophes.
"I have had a stimulating and productive time at Beyond and it has been difficult making the decision to move out of the production and distribution area. However, I am also very committed to the central role that a government funding organisation such as the AFC plays in our industry. The AFC is in a period of transition and that presents a challenge and possibilities I have not been able to resist," Kim said.