Former CEO of Nine Entertainment Hugh Marks and Endemol Shine Australia co-founder Carl Fennessy announced the launch of Dreamchaser, Australia’s first full-service production and distribution studio based in Sydney, Australia. Marks and Fennessy will serve as co-CEOs.
The new studio will provide a unique home for Dreamchaser to partner with established and emerging creators to develop programming slates, cultivate creative identities and showcase the next generation of Australian stories to the world.
Backed by global content studio Endeavor Content, Dreamchaser will establish a collection of creative partnerships across scripted, factual and entertainment genres under one portfolio, with a focus on releasing global projects from the Australian market.
Co-CEOs Marks and Fennessy said: “We are seeing an explosion in global demand for premium content from new and traditional television platforms that shows no signs of slowing down. At the same time, Australian creatives are at the forefront of many of the biggest shows in the world. There has never been a greater opportunity for global content to be developed and sold from this market.
“With Endeavor Content’s strategic partnership, Dreamchaser will be a one-stop home for our creative partners to realize all of their ambitions and for content curators to have confidence that Dreamchaser will be the Australian studio where those ambitions can be realized.”
Co-CEO of Endeavor Content Chris Rice and Graham Taylor mentioned “We are delighted that Hugh and Carl are bringing their combined industry expertise to launch Dreamchaser, tapping into Australia’s thriving creative and production communities.
“With Dreamchaser, Australia strengthens its position as a major global destination for best-in-class content, bringing next-level storytelling of new and established voices from the continent to export there and to the world beyond.”
Founders Marks and Fennessy bring a mix of experiences to the company, from Marks’ five-year tenure as CEO of Nine Entertainment – which recently completed the transformation of Nine Entertainment Co.’s business into a future making facing $5 billion market power – to Fennessy’s recent position as co-CEO of Endemol Shine Australia – the southern hemisphere’s largest content production company, which he co-founded with his brother To mark. Since 2010, programs produced under Fennessy’s direction have collectively been recognized with 12 Logies, 34 AACTA Awards and an International Emmy Award.
Joining Marks and Fennessy are an experienced management team comprising Sara Horn as Chief Operating Officer, Megan Rees-Williams as Chief Financial Officer and Monique Keller as head of development.
“We are grateful to the incredible and very experienced team who agreed to take this journey with us,” said Marks and Fennessy. “Their expertise and proven track record will help fulfill Dreamchaser’s ambition to bring Australian creatives and their stories to the world.”
In the coming months, Dreamchaser will announce a number of new projects, as well as first-look and multi-title deals with top Australian creators. For more information, visit www.dreamchaser.com.au.