Channel 4’s Tabitha Jackson will be moving to Los Angeles in December to start her new role as the Director of the Documentary Film Program at the Sundance Institute. She recently served as Commissioning Editor, Arts for one of London’s most popular television channels. Her work included commissioning shows and documentaries such as “Random Acts” and “Burma VJ”.
She will be responsible for overseeing all activities of the documentary film program, including planning and implementing strategic partnerships, granting $1.8 million to independent documentaries and hosting five annual labs for filmmakers.
“Tabitha’s professional experience, demonstrated leadership, and passion for the field make her an ideal candidate to lead our documentary program at this time,” Executive Director Keri Putnam told IndieWire. “We were impressed with her infectious enthusiasm and fresh approach to storytelling, creating engaging content, and discovering new voices. I am confident that Tabitha will be a great leader in service of our core mission and will advance and deepen our impact and reach on a global level.”
She replaces Cara Mertes who now heads the Ford Foundation’s film projects.