TEN appoints new drama exec

TEN has appointed Rick Maier as its Head of Drama following the resignation last month by Sue Masters.

Maier has a long history of writing including scripts for Corelli, Murder Call, Sweat, Sons and Daughters, Prisoner and Neighbours. He was an executive producer on Sit Down, Shut Up.

Significantly, Maier retains his his current role supporting TEN’s executive producers in light entertainment and factual programming.

Maier said it was going to be challenging, rewarding and fun, especially at a time when Australian drama was being so well-received.

“TEN has a clean and unmistakable brand in the market. I’m looking forward to identifying programs that cut through, and to work with the best in the business,” he said.

Press Release:

Network Ten has appointed Rick Maier executive producer – drama and production, effective immediately.

Reporting to TEN’s chief programming officer, David Mott, Mr Maier will take responsibility for current and future drama for the network, including new acquisitions, and will help develop new primetime series.

Mr Maier will continue in his current role supporting TEN’s executive producers across light entertainment and factual programming.

Mr Mott said: “We are fortunate that someone of Rick’s calibre has accepted the new role.

“He has a wealth of experience, and undoubted respect from the drama community – all the right credentials to spearhead TEN’s drama.

“Giving him overall responsibility for drama makes sense. His knowledge, passion and
judgment will ensure we continue to deliver original drama of high quality.”

Since returning to TEN early last year as executive producer – development, he has been working with TEN’s production team across all genres.

Mr Maier has a long history in television having worked for all the major production companies in Australia.

Before joining TEN, he was a consultant with dSp Beyond, Screentime, Ambience Entertainment and the Omnilab Group.

On accepting a broader role, Mr Maier said it was going to be challenging, rewarding and fun, especially at a time when Australian drama was being so well-received.

“TEN has a clean and unmistakable brand in the market. I’m looking forward to identifying programs that cut through, and to work with the best in the business,” he said.

Mr Maier replaces Sue Masters whose resignation from TEN was announced last month.

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