Screentime, a Banijay Group company, is a specialist television production company with an outstanding list of productions. Its award-winning and celebrated dramas include six series of Underbelly, the mini-series:Janet King, Fat Tony & Coand ANZAC Girls, as well as The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant, Society Murders, Jessica, My Husband My Killer, A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne, Breakers, MDA, Crownies, Brothers In Armsand the critically-acclaimed, Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet. In 2016, the television series Wolf Creekpremiered on Stan to rave reviews, and The Secret Daughterwas a rating success for Channel 7.
With a strong heritage in light entertainment and factual production, Screentime produced the observational documentary series Outback Coronerfor FOXTEL, two series of Village Vetsfor the Lifestyle Channel, RBTfor the NINE Network, the observational documentary series Taking on the Chocolate Frogfor STUDIO, Undressedfor SBS and Flying Miners, Outback ER, two series of Stop Laughing…this is Serious, How Not to Behave, Todd Sampson’s Life on the Lineand Anh’s Brush with Famefor ABC TV.
Screentime has most recently produced Pine Gapand Making Child Prodigiesfor ABC, Date Night, Wife Swap for Seven, Eat Well For Lessfor Nine, and Hughesy, We Have A Problemfor TEN. It has also recently delivered a local version of SAS: Who Dares Wins for Seven.
Rory Callaghan joined Screentime Group in 2015 as CEOhaving previously been Executive Director at Shine Australia, and Chief Executive Officer at Southern Star. As CEO of Southern Star, Callaghan oversaw major growth in Southern Star’s drama output and consolidated Southern Stars’ non-scripted output with the continued success of Deal Or No Deal, and reality franchises Beauty and the Geekand Undercover Boss. Formerly Director of Programs at Endemol Southern Star (ESS), he was later promoted to Managing Director of ESS and was made CEO when Endemol acquired 100% of the independent production company in 2009. Prior to Southern Star, Rory was Managing Director of Granada Productions, the local arm of ITV. There he brought Dancing With The Stars to Australia and developed a varied slate of formats. He also spent 10 years at the Nine Network producing content.
Noel Mpofu has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Screentime.
With extensive experience in finance in the media sector, Noel joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in 2017. Previously Group Financial Controller at Southern Star Entertainment (now Endemol Shine Australia) he went on to establish his own agency specialising in television production royalty and residuals management, with clients including Screen Australia, SPA, AWG, as well as numerous production companies and networks.
Anthony Ellis joins Screentime as Head of Scripted working alongside Head of Production (Scripted) Kerrie Mainwaring.
One of Australia’s most experienced script executives, throughout his career Ellis has been involved in some of our most iconic productions including writing the pilot, co-developing and script producing Always Greener for Channel Seven, before being appointed Network Script Executive at Channel Nine where he oversaw the scripting of numerous productions including McLeod’s Daughters and Stingers. He then returned to Channel Seven where he co-developed, wrote the pilot and script produced the hugely successful Packed To The Rafters. Appointed Head of Scripted Content at Fremantle Media in 2012, Ellis was instrumental in the scripting of the multi-award-winning Wentworth, supervised scripting on both Wonderland and the telemovie Mary: The Making of a Princess, as well as the acclaimed six-part drama Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Prior to arriving in Australia, Johnny Lowry worked in London for five years on entertainment and comedy television for ITV, Channel 4 and a variety of channels at Flextech.
He has since produced, created and developed a raft of shows for all Australian Networks, Foxtel, and Paramount Comedy, whilst working at Channel Seven, ITV Studios, Endemol Australia and Screentime.
Career highlights include Leigh Francis’s Whatever I Want, seminal comedy stunt series Banzai, The Monday Dump with Roy and HG, Merrick and Rosso Unplanned, The Merrick and Rosso Show, comedy hypnosis series The Power of One, Mesmerised and the Celebrity Super Powers specials, reality series Beauty and the Geek Australia, comedy panel show You Have Been Watching, the award winning ratings smash Balls of Steel Australia, and comedian Nazeem Hussain’s critically acclaimed Legally Brown.
Recent production slate includes, Anh’s Brush with Fame (Series 1-5), Hughesy, We Have a Problem (Series 1-4), Driving Test, Trial By Kyle and Orange Is The New Brown and the upcoming SAS Who Dares Wins.