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Netflix boards Cate Blanchett’s ‘Stateless’

Netflix has boarded Cate Blanchett-starrer Stateless, in a deal announced on the eve of the immigration drama’s world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this week. The six-part limited series will launch on the ABC in Australia on March 1st and will premiere on Netflix in the rest of world later this year. NBCUniversal Global […]

Media Ranch gameshow format optioned in Germany, France and Oz

Media Ranch’s gameshow format Watch! from Survivor producers Dan Munday and John Kirhoffer has been optioned in Germany, France and Australia. Talpa Germany, WeMake in France and NBCUniversal International Studios-owned Matchbox Pictures in Australia have all optioned the format, which was created by Munday and Kirhoffer, who worked together with Survivor creator Mark Burnett. The […]

Netflix greenlights Australia-produced thriller ‘Clickbait’

Global streamer Netflix has ordered an eight-part thriller entitled Clickbait from Australia-based producers Matchbox Pictures and Tony Ayres Productions. Working on the series in partnership with Heyday Television, they will produce the series out of studios in Melbourne. Clickbait is described as a character-based thriller that “explores the ways in which our most dangerous and uncontrolled impulses […]

ABC readies Blanchett-fronted ‘Stateless’ immigration drama

Cate Blanchett is to star in Stateless,  a six-part drama about the Australian immigration system that she has co-created for Australian broadcaster ABC. Co-created by Blanchett, Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie, the series centres on four strangers in an immigration detention centre in the Australian desert: an airline hostess escaping a suburban cult; an Afghan […]

NBC exec to lead unscripted at Matchbox Pictures

NBC exec Dan Munday has been named head of unscripted at Australian prodco Matchbox Pictures. The exec, who has more than 20 years’ experience both in the US and Australia, is to join the NBCUniversal International Studios-backed firm in June, based out of Sydney. He will oversee the creation, development and management of all Matchbox […]

ABC Australia exec joins Matchbox Pictures as MD

NBCUniversal-owned Safe Harbour producer Matchbox Pictures has appointed ABC Australia exec Alastair McKinnon (pictured, right) as managing director. The exec was most recently head of content investment and planning at the public broadcaster, where he was responsible for overseeing content production, business and planning activities across all genres and platforms for ABC’s entertainment and specialist […]

BBC Studios hires Washington to head up Aussie production arm

BBC Studios has hired Matchbox Pictures’ director of unscripted Kylie Washington as its first director of production in Australia. The new director will join BBC Studios in the coming months and report into its international production division, led by Anna Mallett, managing director, production and COO at BBC Studios. She will work closely with Jon […]

Fremantle Oz hires Matchbox MD to replace Hogg as CEO

FremantleMedia Australia (FMA) has appointed Matchbox Pictures managing director Chris Oliver-Taylor (pictured) as its new CEO after the departure of Ian Hogg this January. Hogg had acted as Asia Pacific boss for nearly a decade, first taking the helm at FMA in 2009 and picking up a wider role with Asia Pacific in 2011, but […]

NBCU’s Matchbox hires Endemol Shine scripted exec

NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS)-owned Australian producer Matchbox Pictures has hired well-known exec Mimi Butler. She has hired in a role that will see her work across development and production at the prodco, which is behind scripted series such as The Slap (pictured) and Deadline Gallipoli. Butler will be based in Sydney and takes on a permanent post. She […]

ABC3 locates Nowhere Boys movie

Australian kids channel ABC3 is bringing a feature-length version of its live-action series Nowhere Boys to television. The property, which Matchbox Pictures produces, has been successful as a series the ABC’s kids division, which is set to lose its controller, Deidre Brennan. Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows will now debut on ABC3 on Sunday, […]

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