Former Foxtel executive returns to Australia this month in leadership role

• Louise Schultze, founder and chief executive officer of Australian Production House comments

Aussie expat Paul Macionis (pictured) returns to Australia this month to take up a senior leadership role at Australian Media House (AMH).

He has been appointed chief operating officer to work across Australia Media Houses’ stable of multimedia companies operating under the Australian Production House (APH) banner.

Macionis worked with Matchbox Productions and NBCU Networks in Sydney in 2016/17 in senior legal and business affairs consultant roles. He left Australia in 2017 for a senior legal and executive role with business channel CNBC.

Most recently, he has held the position of vice president, legal & business affairs, Asia at NBCUniversal Media in Singapore.

From 2007, Macionis spent 10 years with Foxtel in Sydney. He served in several roles including legal counsel (production & acquisition) and head of business affairs (production & distribution).

He was actively involved in creating investment models and commercial negotiations for Foxtel local productions including scripted drama series Wentworthand A Place to Call Home.

Louise Schultze, founder and chief executive officer of Australian Production House, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Paul to the senior team. His expertise as a talented media executive and entertainment lawyer will contribute to and build on our industry-leading work.

“His role includes full oversight of all commercial aspects of APH companies building local and overseas strategic partnerships, and maximising asset and business performance.

“Paul will also be a driving force in growing our global profile and create new opportunities for our entire slate and the world first, fully interactive online digital network, Oz Kids Network.”

The newly created role of chief operating officer for the companies is based in Sydney.

Macionis was a member of Asia Video Industry Association and a mentor for student, and graduate lawyers. He is a member of Screen Producers Association of Australia.

Australian Production House is a Melbourne film & television production company.

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