Australian production outfit Matchbox Pictures, a division of NBCUniversal International Studios, has named Dan Munday as head of unscripted.
In the role, Munday will oversee the creation, development and management of all Matchbox Pictures’ unscripted projects as the company seeks to build on its production footprint both locally and internationally. He is set to join the company’s Sydney offices this June.
Matchbox’s unscripted team had been reporting to managing director Alastair McKinnon since the May 2018 departure of former director of unscripted, Kylie Washington. Washington exited the company to become director of production at BBC Studios Australia.
The executive, who has more than 20 years of experience in the U.S. and Australia, has previously spent nearly three years as an exec producer and development exec with NBC’s Universal Television Alternative Studio in Los Angeles, developing and producing unscripted content including The Awesome Show hosted by Chris Hardwick.
Prior to this, the Australian-born Munday spent 14 years with producer Mark Burnett, helping to develop and producer numerous series including Survivor, The Apprentice, The Contender and Steve Harvey’s Funderdome.
“Dan is an ideas powerhouse, with a proven track record in the global industry. Dan’s vision, energy and enthusiasm make him the perfect choice to position our business for further growth both in Australia and internationally,” McKinnon said in a statement.
“Dan is a super smart and energetic executive with a ton of producing experience, in both the U.S. and Australia,” Jeff Wachtel, president of NBCUniversal International Studios added. “We are very fortunate to be able to bring him into our family as he relocates back to his home country. Dan and Alastair will spearhead Matchbox’s major push into unscripted programming, creating great projects for their home market that we believe will resonate around the world.”
With files from Daniele Alcinii