Playmaker Media

Sony’s Playmaker Media hires Fremantle Oz scripted chief Jo Porter as MD

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has appointed Fremantle Australia’s director of scripted Jo Porter to lead its Sydney-based producer Playmaker Media. Porter will become MD at the Aussie company next year, following eight years in charge of scripted at Fremantle in Oz. During her stint with the global producer, she gained credits on shows including Foxtel’s […]

Sony’s ‘Reckoning’ prodco Playmaker eyes chief as co-founders step down

Sony Pictures Television (SPT)-owned Australian producer Playmaker Media is looking for a new creative chief after co-founders David Maher and David Taylor revealed they are to step down from the company. The duo, who founded Playmaker in 2009 before selling it to Sony in 2014, will continue to lead the company over the coming months […]

Sony acquires Code prodco Playmaker

Sony Pictures Television has acquired Australian drama producer Playmaker Media, which is behind series including House Husbands, Love Child and The Code. The deal, financial terms of which were not released, means Sony Corp.-owned SPT will now distribute Playmaker’s programming internationally. Formed in 2009 by producers David Taylor and David Maher, Playmaker has quickly established […]

B’casters unlock deals for Australian drama The Code

Arte has acquired Australian drama The Code for France and Germany. The series is distributed by DCD Rights, which has built a slate of premium Australian drama in recent years including Rake, The Slap and The Moody’s. Six-part thriller The Code is produced by Australian indie Playmaker Media. It has also been bought by RUV […]

Content crunch – the fight for rights

As the pace of consolidation quickens, competition for rights is fiercer than ever. Stewart Clarke talks to distributors about the changing face of the business and how, in the hyper competitive world of TV, they are gaining access to content. First-look deals, overall deals, development deals, output deals, umbrella deals and pod deals: all are […]

All3Media makes major Aussie investment ahead of Cannes

All3Media International has picked up raft of new Australian-produced content that it will launch in Cannes next week. The distributor has an Australia-focussed investment programme and is picking up rights to Australian-originated drama as its appeal grows among international buyers. It already distributes Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries from indie prodco Every Cloud. It has now […]

Screen Australia backs raft of TV drama

Screen Australia is investing A$11.4 million in a raft of new TV series and features. The Australian film and TV agency said the investment will trigger A$64 million of TV and film production. The TV series include Shine Australia’s INXS two-parter Never Tear us Apart for Network Seven and a six part thriller for public […]