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Roadshow announces new Aussie TV production company

John Edwards

John Edwards, one of Australia’s most successful TV producers, will join Roadshow Films to create original long-form TV & Film content.

John Edwards, one of Australia’s most successful and prolific TV producers, will join Roadshow Films to form Roadshow Rough Diamond along with his son, former ITV Studios and Endemol executive, Dan Edwards. The new production company will create original long-form television and feature film content for domestic and international audiences from this month.

With a primary focus on quality drama, Roadshow Rough Diamond will launch with an impressive slate of productions already in development – including event mini-series, long-form drama series, feature films, docudramas and documentaries.

Edwards has been responsible for the creation of such distinguished series as Gallipoli, Offspring, Puberty Blues, Tangle, Rush, Love My Way, The Secret Life of Us and Police Rescue; and mini-series including The Beautiful Lie, Beaconsfield, Howzat: Kerry Packer’s War and Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo.

The mission of Roadshow Rough Diamond is to take the finest Australian talent to audiences across the globe.

“John Edwards is without peer in the Australian television landscape – probably one of our country’s few ‘brand name’ producers who creates benchmark series for every network. We are thrilled to have his expertise and eye steering our course as Roadshow re-enters the television production arena,” said Chris Chard, co-CEO of the Roadshow Group.

“The pedigree John brings is impressive and without parallel,” continues fellow co-CEO, Joel Pearlman. “He has crafted more than 600 hours of television drama, with 30 production credits to his name…as well as a string of Logie, AACTA and ASTRA awards.”

John Edwards said, “In the collaborative world of television production, it is great to have found partners who share our vision of creating and celebrating unique Australian stories, with the aim of bringing them to the world. Both Roadshow and Rough Diamond are 100% Australian in our heritage and vision, so it’s thrilling that we can garner both our resources to create what we believe will be a true new powerhouse of Australian drama.”

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