Sony Pictures Television acquires Playmaker Media
| 03 December 2014
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has bought a majority stake in Australian independent production company Playmaker Media.
Playmaker produces political thriller The Code, which has aired on the BBC in the UK, and DirecTV in the US – as well as Nine Network's House Husbands, which is set for adaption in France and Italy in 2015. Playmaker has also produced coming-of-age drama Love Child and is now working on forthcoming witness protection series Hiding.
Its founders and co-managing directors David Taylor and David Maher will now report to Andrea Wong, president, international production for SPT and will continue to run the company from its Sydney office.
"Playmaker is having fantastic success creating the next generation of distinctive, high quality Australian television drama," said Wong. "They are a great addition to our international production group."
Taylor and Maher said the deal "presents new opportunities to increase the quality and reach of our content both locally and in the international marketplace".
SPT will now have a foothold in Australia, as well as distributing Playmaker's series and formats globally.
The move follows the acquisition in 2011 by rival Hollywood studio NBC Universal of Australia's Matchbox Pictures – the producer of Devil's Playground.