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Byron Studios hires former ViacomCBS exec as CEO

Byron Studios has appointed former Viacom and CBS Networks executive Paul Anderson as its new CEO. Anderson (pictuered) joins the Northern Rivers-based studio after a 17-year career with Network 10 where he ...
July 27, 2021

Byron Studios has appointed former Viacom and CBS Networks executive Paul Anderson as its new CEO.

Anderson (pictuered) joins the Northern Rivers-based studio after a 17-year career with Network 10 where he was most recently CEO of Network 10 and executive vice-president of ViacomCBS Networks Australia & New Zealand.

“Paul brings a tremendous wealth of screen industry experience to our executive team and a personal passion for the content sector that will be an exceptional asset to the development of our studio plans and the Northern Rivers creative industries business community at large,” Byron Studios founder Will Gammon said in a release.

Anderson will work alongside Gammon and Byron Studios co-founder Mark Holden to grow the company as a key driver in creating a sustainable creative industry in Australia’s Northern Rivers region. Byron Studios is the first and only film studio in the area, with four studios across locations in Byron Bay and Alstonville. Byron Studios  was created in 2016 by Gammon, the founder of Cumulus VFX with Holden to address the need for world-class studio facilities, technical expertise, connectivity infrastructure and specialized crew in the region.

Byron Studios also appointed Charlotte Brigel as the company’s general manager, and national and international marketing & sales executive. Brigel joined Byron in 2020 from Endeavor after a 20-year career where she worked in various roles including vice president and head of sales and operations.

Byron Studios also announced it joined Ausfilm, an Australian government-industry partnership connecting the international film industry with Australian screen incentives, talent and facilities.

The move furthers Byron Studios’ development, and extends its reach within the international production community. Byron’s Alstonville complex includes two soundstages and has been used by clients like Netflix and Melissa McCarthy’s On the Day production company.

Byron Studios are also working with Ballina Council to develop a new state-of-the-art studio complex in the Ballina/Alstonville area that will create a future destination for the national and international film and TV industry.

“We are very fortunate to be in the position of making our dream of creating a globally competitive  state of the art studio in the Northern Rivers a reality,” Gammon said in a release.

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Jillian Morgan is the Associate Editor at Realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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