Screen NSW names Sophia Zachariou Head of Development and Production

24 May, 2016 by Staff Writer

Sophia Zachariou.


Sophia Zachariou has been appointed Screen NSW's new Head of Development and Production only three months after she became Screen NSW Production and Development Executive.

Prior to that Zachariou was Deputy Head of Entertainment at ABC TV, where she developed iView comedy series Fresh Blood as well as Canberra Al Desko with Annabel Crabb, and was the network EP on Kitchen Cabinet with Annabel Crabb, Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey, The Chaser's Media Circus, The Chaser’s War on Everything, Saturday Night Crack Up, Agony, The Checkout and At the Movies.

She replaces Mark Hamlyn, who has resigned to return to active production after four years in the post.

“Sophia has a brilliant film and television brain, a deep respect for screen creatives and a passion for innovation", said Screen NSW CEO Courtney Gibson.

"She will bring tremendous energy to the work we do and we’re thrilled she’s moving into this senior role."

Zachariou herself said that “It’s an exciting time to be at Screen NSW and I’m delighted I’ll be working with some of the best creative producers, directors and writers in the country. As Head of Development and Production I fully intend to harness and support the incredible talent we have in the state, from the emerging sector as well as more experienced practitioners.”

Filmmakers Sofya Gollan and Karen Radzyner are also joining Screen NSW as Development and Production executives, beginning May 30.

Gollan is best known as a presenter on ABC TV’s Play School, while Radzyner produced mini-series Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo as well as the TV series Two Twisted.