In a rare move for an Australian writer / producer Tony Ayres (Glitch, Nowhere Boys, The Slap, Barracuda, Seven Types of Ambiguity, The Family Law, Underground and Wanted) is to set up a new production company, Tony Ayres Productions, with the backing of NBCUniversal International Studios and Matchbox Pictures.
The new company will operate as an independent company, creating its own slate of TV programmes and feature films, working in partnership with both companies. NBCUniversal will also have a first look over its feature film projects.
Ayres, a founding member of the NBCU-owned Matchbox Pictures, will remain as Executive Producer on a number of Matchbox projects, including season four of Nowhere Boys.
Tony Ayres said: “For the past few years, I’ve been keen to focus on more international-facing drama in television and film. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with NBCU International Studios to develop a new slate of global projects with my key collaborators. I’m also very pleased to continue working with the super-talented people at Matchbox.”
Matt Vitins, Interim Managing Director for Matchbox added: “Tony has been so integral to Matchbox’ success since the start. So we are thrilled that he will set up his new company alongside Matchbox. We are really excited to embark on this new chapter with him and extend our partnership further.”
Jeff Wachtel, President of NBCUniversal International Studios also added: “Tony is one of the most inspirational and talented creatives this industry has to offer. His commitment and dedication to Matchbox over the past decade has been invaluable. We’re delighted to be able to support him on his new venture and to work with him to bring his vision directly to the global market.”