News 21.07.21

BYRON STUDIOS APPOINTS FORMER VIACOMCBS, NETWORK TEN EXECUTIVE PAUL ANDERSON AS CEO



New Ausfilm Member, Byron Studios has appointed Paul Anderson as its Chief Executive Officer.

Based in the Northern Rivers, Anderson joins Byron Studios following a seventeen year career with Network Ten, where he was most recently Chief Executive Officer, Network Ten and Executive Vice President ViacomCBS Networks Australia and New Zealand.

Byron Studios Founder, Will Gammon said, “the Byron Studios board and team are exceptionally proud to welcome Paul as our Chief Executive Officer as we approach a new era in the company’s growth. Paul brings a tremendous wealth of screen industry experience to our executive team and a personal passion for the content sector that will be an exceptional asset to the development of our studio plans and the Northern Rivers creative industries business community at large.”

Anderson will work alongside founders Will Gammon and Mark Holden to position and grow Byron Studios as a key driver in creating a sustainable creative industry in the region. Located in the idyllic Northern Rivers, Byron Studios is the first and only film studio in the area with four studios across locations in Byron Bay and Alstonville.

“I am extremely excited to be taking on this new opportunity in the dynamic screen industry hub of the Northern Rivers. I look forward to working with community and industry stakeholders to accelerate the role Byron Studios has to play in not only attracting and servicing high profile local and international productions to this growth corridor of the Northern Rivers, but importantly developing sustainable long term opportunities in the creative industries sector in our region.”

Paul Anderson, CEO, Byron Studios
Paul Anderson. Courtesy of Byron Studios.

Along with the appointment of Anderson, the company is delighted to formally announce the appointment of Charlotte Brigel as General Manager and National and International Marketing & Sales Executive. Brigel joined Byron Studios in 2020 from Endeavor (IMG) after a 20 year career where she held various roles such including Vice President and Head of Sales and Operations.  The management team is rounded out with Steve Mitchell as Director of Operations & Engineering. Mitchell is a seasoned international outside broadcast specialist and headed up the Broadcast Operation for the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, as part of the Organising Committee and remains involved in other major international projects. Byron Studios also appointed operations manager Steve Bocking to run the Alstonville Studio complex.

Byron Studios currently offers four distinct studio facilities, catering to a range of production needs, budgets and locations around the Northern Rivers areas of Alstonville and the Byron Bay industrial estate.  The current Alstonville studio complex contains two soundstages 975 sqm (10,500 sqft) – 10.0m high (33ft) and 400sqm (4,300sqft) – 4.5m high (14.8ft) with vast pillarless spans and a 45,000 sqm (485,000 sqft) backlot area that have provided clients including Netflix with the opportunity to create of modular size and scale.

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