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Channel 4 arts head Tabitha Jackson to leave post

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Chanel 4 arts commissioner Tabitha Jackson, whose most recent credits include The Sound of Musicals, is leaving the broadcaster to join the Sundance Institute.

Based in the US, Jackson will head up Sundance Institute’s documentary film programme and will leave at the end of the year.

Jackson took up her post as arts commissioner at Channel 4 in March, 2010, replacing Jan Younghusband.

In her post she has commissioned shows such as Random Acts and Frankenstein: The Making of a Myth, which used Danny Boyle’s National Theatre production of Frankenstein to explore Mary Shelley’s story.

Ralph Lee, head of factual at Channel 4, said: “Tabitha has made the arts on Channel 4 truly distinctive with original commissions like Random Acts, House Party, Street Summer and the BAFTA-winning In The Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry. She also made a real mark in documentaries backing The Arbour, The Imposter and Dreams of a Life.  We’ll miss her unique output and her presence as a colleague but we wish all the best at Sundance.”

Prior to joining the arts team Jackson was editor of digital channel More4.

The broadcaster will now begin a search to replace Jackson.

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