Tony Ayres Productions appoints Head of Development

Producer Andrea Denholm has departed Princess Pictures and is joining Tony Ayres Productions (TAP)  as Head of Development.

Denholm has been a principal and senior executive in a number of production companies and has credits as story producer, executive producer and creative producer including Wrong Kind of Black, The Divorce, How to Stay Married and It’s A Date. She currently sits on the Board of Film Victoria and is Deputy Chair of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

At TAP she will oversee development of international scripted drama projects with Tony Ayres and his collaborators.

“Andrea has been a friend for many years and is one of the most impressive creative producers in the country. I’m thrilled that we will now be partners in bringing the ambitious and eclectic TAP slate from development into production,” said Ayres.

Denholm added, “Tony is a superstar and a beautiful human being. The content he creates and champions reflects his brilliant imagination, curiosity, humour and humanity. It’s a privilege to be in his orbit and incredibly exciting to be working with him across TAP’s distinctive and diverse slate of original projects and adaptations.”

She begins next week.

TAP is the new production company of Matchbox Pictures founding member and award-winning creator, showrunner, writer and director Tony Ayres. Backed by NBCUniversal International Studios and Matchbox Pictures, the company specialises in high-end scripted drama and feature films for both Australian and international audiences.

Continuing his longstanding creative collaboration with Matchbox Pictures, Ayres continues as Executive Producer on the upcoming final season of paranormal drama Glitch (ABC/Netflix). Ayres is also currently working as co-creator and Executive Producer with Matchbox Pictures and Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton’s Dirty Films on the six-part drama Stateless for the ABC, starring Yvonne Strahovski, Dominic West and Cate Blanchett.

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