NBCUniversal International Studios and Matchbox Pictures are backing a new production company being launched by writer, director and producer Tony Ayres.
Headquartered in Australia, Tony Ayres Productions (TAP) will specialize in high-end scripted drama and feature films for both Australian and international audiences. NBCUniversal will have a first look at feature film projects developed and/or produced by Ayres through TAP. Ayres will remain executive producer on a number of Matchbox projects, including season four of the children’s drama Nowhere Boys.
Ayres has created, produced or executive produced shows such as The Slap (ABC), Glitch (ABC/Netflix), Barracuda (ABC), Seven Types of Ambiguity (ABC), Nowhere Boys (ABC/Netflix), The Family Law (SBS), Underground (TEN) and Wanted (Seven).
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, commented: “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.”