Renowned producer John Edwards is partnering with Roadshow Films, to form Roadshow Rough Diamond, with his son former ITV Studios and Endemol executive, Dan Edwards.
The new production company will create original long-form television and feature film content for domestic and international audiences from July 1st.
The partnership sees Roadshow return to television production after a lengthy break, having previously produced Brides of Christ, GP, Law of the Land, True Believers, The Fremantle Conspiracy, and A Long Way from Home. Film credits include Mad Max: Fury Road, Red Dog, The Castle and Happy Feet.
Edwards’ formidable credits include Gallipoli, Offspring, Puberty Blues, Tangle, Rush, Love My Way, The Secret Life Of Us, Police Rescue, The Beautiful Lie, Beaconsfield, Howzat: Kerry Packer’s War and Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo.
“John Edwards is without peer in the Australian television landscape – probably one of our country’s few ‘brand name’ producers who creates benchmark series for every network. We are thrilled to have his expertise and eye steering our course as Roadshow re-enters the television production arena. We intend to bring the same level of quality and commitment to our TV productions as we do with our films,” said Roadshow co-CEO Chris Chard.
“The pedigree John brings is impressive and without parallel – he has crafted more than 600 hours of television drama, with 30 production credits to his name…as well as a string of Logie, AACTA and ASTRA awards. His TV series are beloved household names and we are greatly looking forward to collaborating with John and Dan on what will be an incredibly exciting and ambitious slate,” Co-CEO Joel Pearlman added.
John Edwards said, “In the collaborative world of television production, it is great to have found partners who share our vision of creating and celebrating unique Australian stories, with the aim of bringing them to the world. Both Roadshow and Rough Diamond are 100% Australian in our heritage and vision, so it’s thrilling that we can garner both our resources to create what we believe will be a true new powerhouse of Australian drama.”
Meanwhile, Edwards is currently overseeing production on The High Road miniseries for Seven, a sequel to Blue Murder, through Endemol Shine.