Former Warner Bros Australia head of television Shaun Murphy today announced the launch of television and film production company Big Owl Pictures.
Backed by private equity group Balance Vector, the new team will develop and produce unscripted content, as well as selected scripted and cinematic projects for national platforms and the international market. Murphy will serve as CEO and executive producer.
Murphy spent three years as executive producer at Shine Australia and six years as director of television at Warner Bros Australia, where he was responsible for The Masked Singer, The Bachelorette, First Dates, Who Do You Think You Are, Back In Time For Dinner, Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelorette, Little Big Shots, Dancing With The Stars and much more. He also produced Australia’s next top model, dying for Everestthe union member Coolfuel road trip and product Crips & Bloods: Made in America.
“Whether it’s an intimate story or a giant global format, at Big Owl we’ll view everything as a story that can be incorporated into something beautiful. Our strategic partnership with Balance Vector, led by the phenomenal Steve Luczo, gives us access to a huge range of content ideas to explore in the areas of sports, real estate, communications, technology and talent,” he said.
Balance Vector will take a stake in Big Owl and Chairman Steve Luczo will act as lead advisor.
Steve Luczo said, “Shaun is a world-class content creator and leader, with his teams known for delivering the highest quality. Having previously worked on content with Shaun and seen him and his teams boost so many of the world’s major formats, we’re thrilled to see the team grow their roster and be part of the Big Owl adventure.
“With Shaun’s leadership style and such a wealth of creative talent in Australia, we look forward to working with the best producers and connecting with the best global partners, to bring Big Owl to life.”
A management team and new projects will be announced in the coming months.