Matchbox Pictures

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Matchbox Pictures
Type Subsidiary
Industry Television
Genre Television production
Area served
Key people
Alastair McKinnon
(managing director)
ServicesFilm and television program production
Owner NBCUniversal
Parent NBCUniversal International Group
Subsidiaries 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]


Current or upcoming productions are listed in bold text.



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

Anatomy ABC 2008-2013
Darwin's Lost ParadiseN/A2009Documentary
My Place ABC3 2009—2011
Miss South Sudan AustraliaABC2010
Leaky BoatABC2011
Sex: An Unnatural HistorySBS2011
The Slap ABC2011
The Straits ABC2012
Underground: The Julian Assange Story Network Ten 2012Tele-movie
Next Stop Hollywood ABC2013
Camp NBC 2013Co-production with BermanBraun, Selfish Mermaid and Universal Television
Formal Wars Seven Network 2013
Zuzu & the Supernuffs KidsCo 2013
Nowhere Boys ABC ME 2013–2018
Young, Lazy and Driving Us Crazy Seven Network2014
Old School ABC2014
Devil's Playground Showcase 2014
The Real Housewives of Melbourne Arena 2014–present
Maximum Choppage ABC2 2015
Room 101 SBS2015
Deadline Gallipoli Showcase2015Limited series. Co-production with Full Clip Productions
Glitch ABC2015–presentSecond season co-production with Netflix [5]
The Family Law SBS 2016–2019
Wanted Seven Network 2016–2018Co-production with R&R Productions
Secret City Showcase2016 and 2019
The Real Housewives of Auckland Bravo 2016
The Real Housewives of Sydney Arena2017
Mustangs FC ABC Me 2017–present
Australian Spartan [6] Seven Network 2018–2019
Safe Harbour SBS2018
Everyone's a CriticABC2018
The Heights ABC2019–present
Stateless ABC2020
Hungry Ghosts SBS2020
Clickbait Netflix 2021Filming suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [7]
Making It Australia Network 10 2021–presentCo-production with Eureka Productions
Fires ABC2021Co-production with Tony Ayres Productions
La Brea NBC2021–presentCo-production with Bad Apple, Keshet Studios and Universal Television

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