EXCLUSIVE: Seven’s Head of Drama, John Holmes, will move into a new role which frees him up from the day-to-day machinations of overseeing the network’s drama output and allows him to focus on creating drama with long-term collaborator, Bevan Lee.
From January Julie McGauran, currently with Southern Star Entertainment, will become Seven’s new Head of Drama.
McGauran is best known as co-creator and co-producer of Wild Boys and Rescue Special Ops.
Holmes has an exemplary track record in producing drama for Seven having been Head of Drama since 1994. Under his helm he has executive produced a raft of Seven productions including Blue Heelers, Home and Away, All Saints, Last Man Standing, Packed to the Rafters, City Homicide, Winners & Losers and Wild Boys.
His work in the industry stems back 30 years, joining Seven in the film department and progessing through roles as a stagehand, floor manager, in-house producer. In 1982 he joined Grundys Organisation, where he produced Sons and Daughters and Neighbours, later producing the Home and Away pilot for Seven.
In addition to stints with Nine and TEN, Holmes has also overseen Seven’s enviable in-house production model.
“The last 17 years have been an absolute blast and I am looking forward to working alongside Julie and Bevan, two of the sharpest professionals in television today,” Holmes said.
Seven’s Director of Programming and Production, Tim Worner said, “You only need to look at John’s credits to understand his gift for storytelling. His instincts are supreme. And together with Bevan Lee he’s part of the best creative partnership in the business.
“Julie’s arrival ensures that Seven will continue to be the country’s most successful producer of Australian drama. She has acumen, energy and skill and her leadership will enable John and Bevan to concentrate on finding and telling Aussie stories.”
Julie McGauran has a long background of working under the Holmes / Lee team including as Series Producer on Home and Away for five years. Her other television credits include All Saints, Behind The Scenes Of Blue Heelers Live, Back To The Bay (UK) and Out of the Blue. She will remain with Southern Star until December 2011.
The new structure will allow Holmes to remain with the network’s Drama output for many more years. He will take up his new position in February 2012.