Exec to replace Ikin as evaluation manager

SYDNEY — Scott Meek has been tapped to replace Bridget Ikin as an evaluation manager at the Film Finance Corp., just a month after ankling the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Meek disagreed with new ABC TV topper Kim Dalton’s push to create long-running series, preferring to spend pubcaster’s meager resources on a smaller slate of minis and telepics.

Appointment was approved by the FFC board on Wednesday and announced by topper Brian Rosen.

The evaluation positions were created in 2004 when the FFC revised its investment policies. This has allowed the org to take a more active role in evaluating the creative merit and audience potential of the films in which it invests.

Before moving Down Under in 2004, Meek was a founder of Blighty’s Deep Indigo Prods. after a long career at Zenith.

He developed and raised financing for pics including “Prick Up Your Ears,” “Sid and Nancy” and “Velvet Goldmine.”

At the ABC he exec-produced “The Silence,” “Stepfather of the Bride,” “Curtin,” “Answered by Fire” and “Bastard Boys,” half of which have not yet aired.

Meek joins Tait Brady, a former Palace Film exec who has been an evaluation manager for two years.

Ikin, producer of “Look Both Ways,” returns to independent production.

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