Beyond returns to drama after 11 years

Veteran writer and executive producer David Ogilvy has been appointed head of Beyond’s new scripted drama division, marking the company's return to the genre after 11 years.

The former ABC executive will develop scripted content across a broad range of genres for local and international markets, working with emerging and established writing, directing and producing talent.

Beyond's last drama series was Stingers, which wrapped production in 2004 after eight seasons on the Nine Network.

Ogilvy joins from ABC TV where he was commissioning editor of fiction since 2012. His credits as EP at the ABC include The Code, Rake, ANZAC Girls, Janet King, Hiding, Mabo, An Accidental Soldier, Paper Giants: Magazine Wars and The Straits.

Previously he worked as a writer and script producer on a broad range of adult and children’s drama.  His writing credits include East West 101, The Strip, Young Lions, Lockie Leonard, Dance Academy, Outriders, Blue Water High and Escape from Jupiter.

Beyond MD and CEO Mikael Borglund said, “His extensive experience in scripted content will be the cornerstone of Beyond’s push to deliver the quality drama to audiences in Australia and internationally."

Ogilvy said, “Having been a dedicated fan of Beyond’s acclaimed dramas Halifax F.P. and Stingers in the formative years of my career, it’s a wonderful opportunity to join the company at such a dynamic time for scripted production."