Matchbox Pictures Names New Creative Producer


LONDON: Matchbox Pictures, an NBCUniversal International Studios production label, has named Australian producer, writer and executive Amanda Higgs as its new creative producer.

Higgs, who was script editor of Matchbox Pictures/ABC TV’s drama The Slap, joins the company from the independent sector. She co-created and produced Network 10’s The Secret Life of Us, and is currently producing Matchbox’s new drama series Barracuda, which is due out down under in 2016.

Michael Edelstein, the president of NBCUniversal International Studios, said: “Amanda is a passionate storyteller and talented producer. We are delighted that she is joining Matchbox and the NBCU International Studios scripted team. Matchbox is very highly regarded amongst the Australian production community, and with the addition of Amanda, we are continuing to attract and support the best creative minds working in Australian television.”

Chris Oliver-Taylor, the managing director of Matchbox Pictures, said: “Matchbox prides itself on working with the best creative talent in Australia, and we are thrilled that Amanda has agreed to join us. Amanda’s track record is formidable, and combining her talents with those of Tony Ayres, Penny Chapman, Debbie Lee and our entire scripted team will allow us to create and showcase even more amazing stories for Australian and audiences to enjoy.”

Higgs added: “I am delighted to be joining Matchbox at such an exciting time. The talent at the company is first rate, as is the caliber and diversity of their scripted content. I cannot wait to work alongside such industry luminaries as Tony and Penny.”