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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, […]

SBS launches comedy series on Facebook

Australian pubcaster SBS has launched the first episode of its new comedy series The Family Law on Facebook. The linear debut of the comedy series follows next Thursday. The series opener was put on Facebook yesterday and will remain on the social media platform until midnight Sunday. The linear series, meanwhile, will go out in […]

Matchbox’s Bowden, ex-Fremantle exec form Lingo

The founder of Matchbox Pictures and a former FremantleMedia Australia creative director have created a Sydney-based production company, Lingo Pictures. Helen Bowden, who was NBCUniversal-owned Matchbox’s managing director, and Jason Stephens have partnered to create the firm, which will produce scripted and unscripted content for the international and Australian markets. Bowden counts ABC drama The […]

Bravo entertains Melbourne’s Housewives

US cable channel Bravo has acquired Australian reality series The Real Housewives of Melbourne. The show will air each Sunday 12pm ET/PT from August 3 following the deal with Bravo stablemate NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution, which sells NBCU-owned programming in the US and Canada. Bravo, part of the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment group, is […]

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