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Matchbox Pictures Awarded Media Super Production Business Of The Year 2015

Screen Producers Australia has announced Matchbox Pictures as the Media Super Production Business of the Year at the 15th annual Screen Producers Australia Awards, hosted by television and radio presenter James Mathison at Melbourne’s Palladium at Crown during the 30th SCREEN FOREVER Conference.

Film and television production company Matchbox Pictures was founded by Australian producers Tony Ayres, Penny Chapman, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon and Helen Panckhurst in 2008, and acquired by NBC Universal in 2014. With a diverse output, Matchbox specialises in television drama, children’s programming, factual and entertainment content, animation and feature films for the domestic and international marketplace. Most recently, Matchbox has produced the popular reality television series Real Housewives of Melbourne, feature film Ali’s Wedding, Lally Katz’s comedy mini-series Stories I Want To Tell You In Person for the ABC, and the youth television drama series Nowhere Boys for ABC Television, which was honoured with the Screen Australia Children’s Television Production of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Our CEO, Matthew Deaner said: “The Screen Producers Australia Awards were born from a desire to recognise and honour Australian screen businesses who create and support high quality and outstanding screen content. Matchbox Pictures have established themselves as one of Australia’s most successful production companies, consistently producing original and entertaining stories for television audiences both locally and internationally.”

A special highlight of the 2015 Screen Producers Australia Awards was the inclusion of the Short Film Production of the Year category, which provides a platform for Australia’s emerging and mid-career producers.

The Lifetime Achievement Award, was received by Natalie Miller AO, a pioneer of Australian art house cinema for over half a century. A visionary distributor, Miller is best known for being the first independent woman distributor in Australia as the Executive Director of Sharmill Films, which she established in 1967, as well as the successful co-founder of the iconic Cinema Nova in Melbourne, of which she is currently Co-Managing Partner. Previously, Miller was Executive Director of the Longford cinema for 17 years.

The full list of Award recipients of the 2015 Screen Producers Australia Awards are:

Media Super Production Business of the Year

Matchbox Pictures

Lifetime Achievement Award

Natalie Miller AO

Drama Television Production of the Year

The Code, Playmaker Media

Comedy Television Production of the Year

Please Like Me S2, Guesswork Television

Documentary Television Production of the Year

Go Back To Where You Came From, Cordell Jigsaw Productions

Children’s Television Production of the Year

Nowhere Boys S2, Matchbox Pictures

Light Entertainment Television Production of the Year

Agony, High Wire Films

Reality Television Production of the Year

The X Factor S5, Fremantle Media Australia

Telemovie or Mini Series Production of the Year

The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment

Feature Film Production of the Year

Holding The Man, Goalpost Pictures

Feature Documentary Production of the Year

That Sugar Film, Madman Production Company

Short Film Production of the Year
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Emo (The Musical), Matthewswood Productions

Interactive and Online Production of the Year (tied)

How To Talk Australians, Jason Byrne Productions

Interactive and Online Production of the Year (tied)

Sherlock: The Network, The Project Factory

Breakthrough Business of the Year

Brindle Films

Services and Facilities Business of the Year

Fox Studios Australia for work on Endemol Shine Australia's
Shark Tank

The Screen Producers Australia Awards recognise the creation of outstanding screen content by Australian businesses and provide a great opportunity to celebrate the industry.

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