NBCU invests in Aussie producers

NBCUniversal International has invested in Matchbox Pictures, producers of The Slap, My Place, and the upcoming ABC series The Straits. The deal has been in the works for 10 months.

NBCU will have rights to the upcoming kids’ drama The Lost Boys and all future projects.

The production company is steered by Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden, Penny Chapman, Michael McMahon, and Helen Panckhurst.

NBCU’s investment comes two months after president of international TV production, Michael Edelstein, interviewed candidates in Sydney with plans to establish a US production company here.

Penny Chapman told The Australian: “Certainly we don’t see ourselves as their production operation in Australia. It’s an investment in us.”

Edelstein said in a statement Matchbox Pictures shared “our vision to produce amazing television in Australia and around the world. Matchbox’s team have great taste, with an inventive ability to tell compelling stories.”

Michael McMahon recently told TV Tonight, about another upcoming Matchbox project.

“In the second half of the year we’ll be going into production on an observational documentary series called Aussiewood which follows 6 young actors going through Pilot season in LA next year,” he said.

“There will be a mix of actors for the ABC.”


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