The company, which has produced such titles as The Slap, Nowhere Boys, The Straits, The Devil’s Playground, Camp and The Real Housewives of Melbourne, was already part-owned by NBCU following an equity stake in 2011.
The announcement was made by Michael Edelstein, President, NBCUniversal International Television Production, will open up opportunities internationally and growth in scripted and unscripted content.
Matchbox Pictures will continue to operate under Managing Director Chris Oliver Taylor with founders Penny Chapman and Tony Ayres on the scripted side of the business, and Kylie Washington on unscripted content.
Michael Edelstein said: “Matchbox is one of the most exciting and dynamic production companies we have encountered. Penny Chapman, Tony Ayres and Kylie Washington have a fantastic creative track record and are incredibly well respected. We are excited by what the future holds and are keen to help their programs reach audiences around the world.”
Chris Oliver-Taylor added: “We are thrilled to cement our successful relationship with NBCUniversal. The fact that NBCU have decided to fully-own the company is testament to both the wonderfully talented staff here at Matchbox and NBCU’s confidence in Australia’s creative industry, of which we are immensely proud to be a part.”
Matchbox launched in 2008 and produces TV drama, comedy, documentary, young adult television and feature films, including upcoming projects for Foxtel and ABC1.