Playmaker Media Founders Step Down


David Maher and David Taylor are stepping away from the management of Playmaker Media, the company they founded in 2009 and sold to Sony Pictures Television (SPT) in 2014.

Maher and Taylor will continue to lead the company over the coming months as they and SPT look for a new creative executive team to take the reins. Under their leadership, Playmaker has garnered awards and international critical acclaim with shows such as the Emmy-nominated Slide (Foxtel), Reckoning (Netflix) and the Mandarin-language version of thriller series Chosen (iQiyi).

Maher and Taylor and SPT will continue to co-develop and co-produce a number of projects that they have built up together through Playmaker and, going forward, on a case-by-case basis with new projects that they develop.

Wayne Garvie, president of international production at Sony Pictures Television, said: “After 11 highly successful years building Playmaker into a world-class indie, we fully support David’s Maher and Taylor in their decision to go back to working as independent producers, and look forward to working with them in their new capacity while continuing to invest in and build Playmaker under a new management team.”

Maher and Taylor added: “We’ve loved our time at Playmaker and with Sony Pictures Television, producing over 200 hours of drama we’re immensely proud of. We’d like to thank Wayne, SPT International, and especially our brilliant team at Playmaker for that experience. It continues to be an exciting time to produce drama and we’re looking forward to whatever comes next.”