Paramount ANZ Drama Head Takes on New Role


Rick Maier, head of drama and executive production at Paramount Australia & New Zealand (ANZ), is moving into a newly created role as creative advisor for drama.

The newly created post will provide Maier more time to oversee and represent Paramount across key local dramas and advise on international dramas for co-productions and acquisitions, including series such as NCIS: Sydney, Last King of The Cross and Neighbours.

Over the last 16 years, Maier has overseen the commissioning, casting, script, production and postproduction of several drama series, TV movies and event miniseries.

Maier will take up his new role early next year.

Beverley McGarvey, executive VP, chief content officer and head of Paramount+ at Paramount ANZ, said: “I am thrilled Rick has agreed to stay and be part of our team as he transitions to the next stage of his career.

“Not only has Rick been an outstanding leader in the scripted space over many years, but he has been a critical member of the content leadership team and a great colleague, mentor and friend to me and many others.”

Maier said: “As a curious writer, I came to 10 wanting to understand how networks operate. Fair to say it’s still a mystery. But in a good way. I’m grateful to everyone at 10 for their enduring friendship, with hopefully many more great challenges ahead in this new role.”