Michael McMahon, executive chairman of NBCUniversal-owned Australian prodco Matchbox Pictures, will be honored at the 18th annual Screen Producers Australia Awards with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
McMahon’s (pictured) career in the Australian film and television industry has spanned more than 30 years. He started as an entertainment lawyer and went on to produce his first short film, Cruel Youth, in 1988 and has continued to produce in Australia since, with credits including Ali’s Wedding (2017), The Slap (2011) and Nowhere Boys (2013).
He formed Big and Little Films with Tony Ayres in 1999, and would go on to co-found Matchbox Pictures with Ayres, Helen Bowden, Penny Chapman and Helen Panckhurst in 2009, where he is now is now executive chairman and executive producer.
McMahon has served on boards for Screen Tasmania and Film Victoria, and more recently began teaching at Swinburne University and the University of South Australia.
“The Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges an individual’s lifetime contribution to enriching Australian culture through their work in the screen industry,” said Screen Producers Australia CEO Matthew Deaner, in a statement. “Michael has a passion for social justice and a reputation for championing stories that highlight the diversity of human experience, and I congratulate him on this latest accolade.”
The SPA Awards ceremony takes place at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on Nov. 22, the final night of Screen Forever.