Matchbox Pictures takes home the top gong at 2017 SPA Awards

The Matchbox team with their award. 

Matchbox Pictures has been crowned the 2017 Production Business of the Year at the Screen Producers Australia Awards, held last night at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne.

The award recognises a successful 12 months for the company, who had packed drama slate which included season three of Nowhere Boys (which also won the SPA Award for Children’s Series of the Year), second seasons of both Wanted and Glitch, Hyde and Seek and mini series Seven Types of Ambiguity. In unscripted Matchbox produced SBS’s Date My Race and expanded the Housewives franchise via Real Housewives of Sydney.

Congratulating Matchbox team on their win, SPA CEO Matthew Deaner said: “We are delighted to see such a powerhouse talented group such as Matchbox Pictures take out best production company. They continue to expand and forge new pathways in the industry allowing Australian stories to be told through multiple partners on a local and global level.”

Other winners on the night included See-Saw Films, who took home both Feature Film of the Year for Lion and Telemovie or Mini-Series of the Year for Top of the Lake: China Girl. Goalpost Pictures won Drama of the Year for Cleverman, while FremantleMedia Australia and Every Cloud Productions shared in the Screen Business Export Award.           

The full list of winners:

Media Super Production Business of the Year                

Matchbox Pictures

Lifetime Achievement Award                                             

Pam Barnes

Drama Series of the Year

Goalpost Pictures

Feature Film of the Year                                                      

See-Saw Films

Comedy Series of the Year

Please Like Me
Guesswork Television

Series Documentary of the Year  

Occupation: Native
Brindle Films

Single Documentary of the Year

The Go-Betweens: Right Here
Essential Media and Entertainment

Animated Series of the Year                                               

Winston Steinburger & Sir Dudley Ding Dong
Sticky Pictures

Children’s Series of the Year    

Nowhere Boys: Two Moons Rising
Matchbox Pictures

Light Entertainment of the Year                                          

Anh’s Brush With Fame

Online Series of the Year                                                     

Ludo Studio

Reality Series of the Year                                                    

The Voice Australia
ITV Studios Australia

Telemovie or Mini Series of the Year                                

Top of the Lake: China Girl
See-Saw Films

Interactive or Game Production of the Year                      

Inside Manus

Short Film of the Year                                                          

Mrs McCutcheon
Buffalo Media

Breakthrough Business of the Year                                  

Factor 30 Films

Screen Business Export Award           

Tie: Every Cloud Productions and FremantleMedia Australia

Services and Facilities Business of the Year                    

Film Finances

Ones To Watch Screen Internship                                      

Ann Megalla

Ones To Watch SBS First Look Grant                               

Joel Kohn