Sophia Zachariou Departing Bunya Entertainment


Sophia Zachariou has revealed that she will be departing Bunya Entertainment after five years as co-managing director.

Bunya Entertainment was established in 2019 by Zachariou, David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin, when Zachariou joined the Bunya Group. In 2020, Zachariou created the Bunya Talent Indigenous Hub in partnership with Netflix and Screen Australia, which funded and developed ten First Nations writers and directors to further develop their TV projects. The Hub was later extended to include a partnership with SAFC, Screen NT and Screen NSW to develop emerging First Nations talent.

Zachariou is currently in postproduction on The Office (Prime Video) and Ladies in Black (ABC) and will deliver these series before she departs.

Jowsey and Simpkin will continue as co-managing directors of Bunya Entertainment. The separate Bunya Group entities Bunya Productions (Mystery Road, Sweet Country, Limbo) and distribution company Dark Matter will remain under their stewardship.

“I’m so proud of what Greer, David and I have all built together at Bunya Entertainment over the last five years, and I feel like now is the right time to step aside and pursue other challenges,” Zachariou said “Bunya’s reputation as a groundbreaking and unique production company with diversity at its core was what first attracted me to join the company, and I feel that I leave it now with an exciting slate of productions that will continue to entertain and engage audiences around the world.”

Simpkin and Jowsey commented, “As co-managing director, Sophia was absolutely integral to the launch of our company Bunya Entertainment. Sophia brings an energy, a confidence and an intelligence to everything she does, and we have loved her vibrant contribution over the past five years. She leaves the company in great shape, with a strong production and development slate. We wish Sophia every success with her future endeavors.”