Matchbox Pictures has been named Independent Producer of the Year at the Screen Producer’s Conference in Sydney.
Helmed by Helen Bowden, Helen Panckhurst, Tony Ayres, Penny Chapman and Michael McMahon, Matchbox Pictures this year produced The Slap, My Place, Leaky Boat, Sex: An Unnatural History, and with upcoming projects including The Straits, Next Stop Hollywood and The Lost Boys.
Essential Media’s Rake won the Television Drama category while Cordell-Jigsaw’s Go Back to Where You Came From was named best Documentary and Shine Australia’s Junior MasterChef took out the Light Entertainment category.
The full list of winners (including film) at the 2011 SPAA Awards is:
SPAA Independent Producer of the Year
Maura Fay Award for Services to the Industry
Category: Feature Film See-Saw Films
Production: The King’s Speech
Category: Children’s Television Sticky Pictures
Production: The Dukes of Broxstonia
Category: Television Drama Essential Media & Entertainment
Category: Television Light Entertainment Shine Australia
Production: Junior Masterchef
Category: Documentary Jigsaw Cordell
Production: Go Back To Where You Came From
Category: New Media Blue Rocket Productions
Production: My Place website
Category: Breakthrough Julian Harvey & Enzo Tedeschi
Production: The Tunnel
Category: Service and Facilities