Business07 December 2021
Since the inception of Netflix's ANZ Content team in July 2020, we’ve wasted no time working with the local screen sector to commission and develop awesome Australian titles, announcing three so far, with plenty more to come.
As we build up and roll out this growing slate of local content, the ANZ team that helps bring it all life is also on the grow.
The next stage to ensure Netflix is delivering stories our members will love is to bring on a partner to support our vision for local content creation, and help optimise and drive our strategic investment in the sector.
So I‘m beyond excited to share that is going to join the ANZ team in a newly created role heading our Physical Production team. Chris joins Netflix from Fremantle, where he has been CEO Asia Pacific since 2018 (check out his full bio at the bottom of this post). I can't wait to work alongside Chris in 2022!
Chris is a hugely respected industry leader, and comes with unmatched experience, strategic thinking and the ability to GET IT DONE. The partnership between Content and Physical Production is core to our success, and I can think of no better collaborator and ally in our goal to secure and innovate the future of our screen industry, and to help make Netflix ANZ the best partner for local creators.
In leading Physical Production, Chris will be responsible for driving all aspects of productions of Netflix content in Australia and New Zealand. It’s a dynamic, multi-functional role that will oversee the making of our local and international titles here, including production management, post production, visual effects, studio strategy, and resourcing. He’ll also play an important role in contributing strategy to the Asia Pacific Physical Production team which is led by , Netflix VP of Physical Production.
We’re in a time of exciting reinvention. Our mission is to make our local members feel seen, heard and understood through brilliant and entertaining Australian stories. We want to explore and celebrate our culture on a global stage. We will support creative vision, invest in talent and generational change, all through a lens of inclusion across every aspect of our work.
With Chris coming on board, we’re levelling it all up! So watch this space and gird your loins for 2022.
"I am absolutely delighted to be joining Netflix at a time of significant local investment, and working with some of our most talented creators in taking Australian and New Zealand content to the world.“It is a huge honour for me and I am still pinching myself that this is happening! Working at Fremantle has given me the privilege of leading one of the biggest and best production companies across Asia Pacific and I will be forever thankful to Jen Mullin and the Global Board of Fremantle for that opportunity."Chris Oliver-Taylor
“I’m thrilled to welcome Chris to Netflix to lead the Physical Production team in ANZ. He brings a wealth of production experience, and I’m excited to work with him as we continue to position Netflix for its next stage of growth and success in the region.”Anna Mallett, Netflix VP of Physical Production
Chris Oliver-Taylor bio
Chris Oliver-Taylor leads Physical Production at Netflix ANZ, and is responsible for overseeing production management, post production, visual effects, studio strategy, resourcing, and more, for Netflix titles produced in the region.
He started his career at the BBC in London, before emigrating to Australia in 2000. He worked in various senior production roles at ABC TV before becoming Head of Production in 2005 and then Head of Business & Operations in 2008. In 2011, Chris moved to the independent production sector as Managing Director of NBCUniversal’s Matchbox Pictures. During this period, Matchbox produced a highly acclaimed slate of programming, garnering numerous Australian and international awards, including three time Producer of the Year. Chris’ Executive Producer credits include THE SLAP (NBC/ABC Australia), THE HEIGHTS (ABC Australia), GLITCH (Netflix/ABC Australia) and WANTED (Netflix/Seven Network Australia). Chris was also the Lead Executive in Australia for US commissioned series, CAMP (NBC) and HUNTERS (Syfy).
In 2018, Chris was appointed Fremantle’s CEO Asia Pacific. During his time at Fremantle, the company won commissions for multiple series of Australia’s Got Talent, Indian Idol, X-Factor Indonesia, The Farmer Wants A Wife and a return of the iconic series Australian Idol. In Drama, Fremantle won multiple commissions at Viacom, Netflix, Foxtel, the ABC, Sundance and STAN and set series up at Amazon, HBOMax and SBS. Chris’ Executive Producer credits whilst at Fremantle include HEARTBREAK HIGH (Netflix), THE PM’s DAUGHTER (ABC), BARONS (ABC), BAY OF FIRES (ABC), LIE WITH ME (CHANNEL 5), SIGNIFICANT OTHERS (ABC) and ROCK ISLAND MYSTERIES (Nickelodeon).