ABC appoints Michael O’Neill commissioning editor for factual

Michael O'Neill.

Michael O’Neill is headed to the ABC as the national broadcaster's new commissioning editor, factual.

O'Neill was most recently VP of unscripted development at Essential Media's LA office. For Essential in Australia he worked on Dingo: Wild Dog at War (ABC1), Getting Frank Gehry (ABC1), Maddie Parry: Inside the Clinic (ABC2), Australia: The Story of Us (Channel 7) and What’s The Catch? (SBS1).

O'Neill's previous credits include serving as the co-executive producer on National Geographic’s The Human Experiment and the EP of restoration series Restored.

He's developed projects for Discovery Canada, Discovery Networks International, Animal Planet, National Geographic, Disney, HGTV, DIY, Arte and Smithsonian Channel, and won a Digital Emmy Award for Scorched (2009) and a Golden Panda Award for The Grammar of Happiness (2013).

“I’m delighted to welcome Michael to the Factual team", ABC TV Head of Factual Steve Bibb said.

"His passion for storytelling and his ability to spot a really good idea will help cement ABC TV’s position as Australia’s leading factual and documentary destination. He joins a dynamic and ambitious team.”

O'Neill commences April 4.