Producer joins Tony Ayres Productions as head of development

• Denholm has worked as a story producer, executive producer and creative producer.

Tony Ayres Productions (TAP) has secured experienced creative producer Andrea Denholm (pictured) as head of development. Denholm, who officially starts next week, will help drive TAP’s current slate of shows and work with Tony Ayres and his collaborators to deliver ambitious international scripted drama projects.

Ayres said of the appointment: “Andrea has been a friend for many years and is one of the most impressive creative producers in the country. I’m thrilled that we will now be partners in bringing the ambitious and eclectic TAP slate from development into production.”

Denholm has worked as a story producer, executive producer and creative producer.  She has been a principal and senior executive in a number of leading independent production companies. Most recently as a partner at Princess Pictures, Denholm collaborated the award-winning Wrong Kind of Black, based on the life of Boori Monty Pryor; Joanna Murray-Smith and Elena Kats-Chernin’s screen opera The Divorce; and Peter Helliar’s comedy series How to Stay Married and It’s A Date. Denholm also currently sits on the Board of Film Victoria and is deputy chair of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

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Andrea Denholm said of joining TAP: “Tony is a superstar and a beautiful human being. The content he creates and champions reflects his brilliant imagination, curiosity, humour and humanity. It’s a privilege to be in his orbit and incredibly exciting to be working with him across TAP’s distinctive and diverse slate of original projects and adaptations.”

TAP is the new production company of Matchbox Pictures founding member and award-winning creator, showrunner, writer and director Tony Ayres. Backed by NBCUniversal International Studios and Matchbox Pictures, the company specialises in high-end scripted drama and feature films for both Australian and international audiences.

Continuing his longstanding creative collaboration with Matchbox Pictures, Ayres continues as executive producer on the upcoming final season of paranormal drama Glitch (ABC/Netflix). Ayres is also currently working as co-creator and executive producer with Matchbox Pictures and Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton’s Dirty Films on the six-part drama Stateless for the ABC, starring Yvonne Strahovski, Dominic West and Cate Blanchett.

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