Stephen Oliver (AUS)
Manager Documentary

Stephen started his commissioning career at the ABC with the AACTA and Logie Award-winning 'War on Waste' (2017).

Previously an award-winning filmmaker, Stephen is now Manager of Documentaries at the ABC and oversees many of the national broadcaster’s biggest hits, including Fight for Planet A, Big Weather, Australia’s Ocean Odyssey, Revelation, War on Waste and Love on the Spectrum. Stephen is passionate about telling stories with real world impact. In 2020, he headed up several ground-breaking shows and game-changing impact campaigns around climate and the environment. As from mid-2020 Stephen also manages much of the Arts slate and the popular science series Catalyst.

The ABC Factual team consistently produces high quality, award winning programs across a wide range of genres that connect with audiences on a variety of ABC platforms.

ABC Factual is responsible for thought-provoking and inspiring programs such as Reef Live, Fight for Planet A, Revelation, Old People’s Home for 4 Year Old’s, Love on the Spectrum, Employable Me, Anh’s Brush With Fame, War on Waste, Restoration Australia, Magical Land of Oz, Aftermath: Beyond Black Saturday, Back In Time For Dinner, Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane and Don’t Stop the Music.

We’re looking for bold stories that are relevant to all Australians: contemporary stories that are accessible and grab the attention of a broad audience and ignite national conversations and create meaningful change.

Above all, exceptional storytelling, strong directing and solid journalism are paramount. Our programs must inspire and have a reason to exist right now. We want our stories to look and sound like contemporary Australia, from a diverse range of content makers. We encourage you to be brave, ambitious, relevant, challenging, compelling, distinctive and thought provoking. Find a way to bring your story to life in surprising ways.

Our broadcast slots on the main channel are mostly Tuesday from 8 – 9:30pm [with half hour and 1 hour programs in the mix] and prime time on Sunday nights. Our shows are prime time offers with a broad audience reach.


CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR: Bold and ambitious ideas that can spark national conversations and potentially lead to behavioural change. New diverse talent in front of and behind the camera.

STYLES: Creative Doc, Hybrid, Observational documentary, Presenter Led/Participatory

GENRES: Arts, Biographies, Crime, Culture, Current Affairs and Investigative, Environment, Factual Entertainment, Gender, Geopolitics, History, Human Interest, Indigenous, Music, Natural History and Wildlife, Politics, Race, Religion and Ethics, Science

FORMAT: Feature, Single/One-off, Series, Format, 30’, 52’/60’, 70+ mins