Australian Broadcasting Corporation executive Alastair McKinnon is to join Matchbox Pictures as managing director this December.
Based in Sydney, McKinnon will be tasked with oversight of all strategic and operational aspects of the NBCUniversal International Studios-owned production outfit, while also helping to build Matchbox’s stable of Australian content with global appeal.
In addition, McKinnon will be responsible for expanding the company’s global footprint by “fostering creative and commercial opportunities across international markets” while working alongside its parent company and various production partners.
McKinnon will join Matchbox from ABC, where he most recently served as head of content investment and planning. During his three-year tenure at the Aussie pubcaster, McKinnon oversaw content production, business and planning activities across all genres and platforms for ABC’s entertainment and specialist division.
McKinnon boarded ABC in 2015 as deputy head of fiction, before being promoted to head of production a year later. He also held senior strategic and legal roles at SBS Australia, Screen Australia, Ausfilm and the Australian Film Commission.
Matchbox was launched in 2008 by Tony Ayres, Penny Chapman, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon and Helen Panckhurst. With offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Adelaide, the studio develops and produces a diverse slate across drama, children’s, factual entertainment, animation and feature films for global audiences.