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Matchbox Pictures

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Matchbox Pictures
Company typeSubsidiary
GenreTelevision production
Area served
Key people
Alastair McKinnon
(managing director)
ServicesFilm and television program production
ParentUniversal International Studios
SubsidiariesBig & Little Films
Tony Ayres Productions[1]

Matchbox Pictures is a film and television production company headquartered in Sydney with production houses in Sydney, Melbourne, and Singapore.[2][3] It was formed in 2008 by Tony Ayres, Penny Chapman, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon and Helen Panckhurst. In 2011, NBCUniversal took a majority stake in Matchbox Pictures, and full ownership by January 2014.[4]

Matchbox Pictures is led by Alastair McKinnon (managing director), Matthew Vitins (COO), Debbie Lee (Director of Scripted Development), Penny Chapman (Producer), Helen Panckhurst (Head of Production), Michael McMahon (Producer), and Kate O'Connell (Finance Director).

On 16 July 2018, Matchbox Pictures and NBCUniversal backed co-founder Tony Ayres' new company, Tony Ayres Productions.[1]

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Current or upcoming productions are listed in bold text.



  Programs with a shaded background indicate the program is still in production.

Title Network Years Notes
Anatomy ABC TV 2008–2013
Darwin's Lost Paradise 2009 Documentary
Saved Tele-movie
My Place ABC Me 2009–2011
Miss South Sudan Australia ABC TV 2010
Leaky Boat 2011
Sex: An Unnatural History SBS
The Slap ABC TV
The Straits 2012
Underground: The Julian Assange Story Network Ten Tele-movie
Next Stop Hollywood ABC TV 2013
Camp NBC co-production with BermanBraun, Selfish Mermaid and Universal Television
Formal Wars Seven Network
Zuzu & the Supernuffs KidsCo
Nowhere Boys ABC Me 2013–2018
Young, Lazy and Driving Us Crazy Seven Network 2014
Old School ABC TV 2014
Devil's Playground Showcase 2014
The Real Housewives of Melbourne Fox Arena 2014–present
The Slap US NBC 2015 co-production with Universal Television, P+M Image Nation and Scratchpad Productions
Room 101 SBS
Maximum Choppage ABC TV Plus
Deadline Gallipoli Fox Showcase Limited series. Co-production with Full Clip Productions
Glitch ABC TV 2015–2019 Second season co-production with Netflix[5]
The Family Law SBS 2016–2019
Wanted Seven Network 2016–2018 co-production with R&R Productions
Secret City Fox Showcase 2016–2019
The Real Housewives of Auckland Bravo 2016
The Real Housewives of Sydney Arena 2017
Mustangs FC ABC Me 2017–present
Australian Spartan[6] Seven Network 2018–2019
Safe Harbour SBS 2018
Everyone's a Critic ABC TV
The Heights 2019–2020 co-production with For Pete's Sake Productions
Stateless 2020
Hungry Ghosts SBS
Young Rock NBC 2021–2023 co-production with World Wrestling Entertainment, Grit & Superstition, Fierce Baby Productions, Seven Bucks Productions and Universal Television
Clickbait Netflix 2021 Filming suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7] Co-production with Tony Ayres Productions, Heyday Television and NBCUniversal International Studios
Making It Australia Network 10 co-production with Eureka Productions
Fires ABC TV co-production with Tony Ayres Productions and NBCUniversal International Studios
La Brea NBC 2021–present co-production with Bad Apple, Keshet Studios and Universal Television
Joe vs. Carole Peacock 2022 co-production with Universal Content Productions and Wondery
Irreverent[8] Netflix
Bad Behaviour Stan 2023
Class of '07 Amazon Prime Video 2023–present
Turn Up The Volume[10] ABC Me 2023–present co-production with Film Camp


  1. ^ a b "NBCUniversal International Studios, Matchbox Pictures Back Glitch Producer Tony Ayres' New Label". The Hollywood Reporter. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  2. ^ Groves, Don. "Matchbox Venture into Asia". If. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  3. ^ Groves, Don. "The Slap Producers Open Queensland Office". If. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  4. ^ Roxborough, Scott (29 January 2014). "NBCUniversal Takes Full Control of Australia's Matchbox Pictures". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (14 October 2016). "'Glitch' Gets Second Season For Global Distribution On Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  6. ^ Carmody, Broede (3 August 2017). "Seven Network poised to capitalise on Nine's Australian Ninja Warrior success". Sydney Morning Herald. No. Online. Fairfax media. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  7. ^ Knox, David (16 March 2020). "Netflix drama Clickbait halts production in Melbourne". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Irreverent to shoot at Mission Beach". TV Tonight. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 27 April 2023.
  9. ^ "Australia-Set Crime Drama 'Irreverent' Gets Straight-To-Order At Peacock, Co-Pro With Netflix Australia". Deadline. 21 August 2023. Retrieved 27 April 2023.
  10. ^ "Cameras roll on Turn Up The Volume for ABC Me". TV Tonight. 18 July 2022. Retrieved 13 June 2023.
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