Sundance picks exec from Britain’s Channel 4 to run documentary fund
Tabitha Jackson, arts commissiner for British TV network Channel 4, is leaving that job to become director of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program and Fund.
A Sundance spokesperson confirmed Thursday that the institute has selected Jackson, "but her hire is pending approval for a work visa. We look forward to making a formal announcement as soon as that process has been resolved."
At Channel 4, Jackson shepherded documentary and reality series — most recently the documentary series "The Sound of Musicals," which debuted this week in the UK, and follows the behind-the-scenes work staging a West End version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
Jackson will take the position at Sundance recently vacated by Cara Mertes, who has taken a job with the Ford Foundation.
In a statement, 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."
UPDATE: Jackson's visa went through Friday, so her job at Sundance is now official. Here's the release.