Endemol Australia

Endemol Australia
Industry Animation
Television production
Founded 1972 (1972)
Founder Neil Balnaves
Headquarters Sydney, Australia
Key people
Mark and Carl Fennessy (CEO)
Parent Taft Broadcasting (1972–1988)
Hamlyn Group (50%) (1974–1978)
James Hardie Industries (50%) (1978–1988)
Independent (1988–2004)
Southern Cross Broadcasting (2004–2007)
Fairfax Media (2007–2009)
Endemol (2009–present)
Endemol Shine Australia (2015-present)
Website endemol.com.au

Endemol Australia[1] (formerly known as Southern Star Group,Southern Star Productions, Southern Star/Hanna-Barbera Australia & Taft-Hardie Group Pty. Ltd.) is Australia's largest independent television production and distribution group. The company is currently a subsidiary of Endemol and has been since 2009.


Former Southern Star Group logo, used from 1994 to 2013.

The company began in 1972 as Hanna-Barbera Pty. Ltd. (Australia), an Australian division of Hanna-Barbera. In 1974, the Hamlyn Group acquired 50% of Hanna-Barbera Australia and appointed Neil Balnaves as managing director. In 1978, James Hardie Industries acquired the Hamlyn Group, and in 1979, Balnaves was promoted to managing director of the entire Hamlyn Group.[2]

In 1983, James Hardie Industries and Hanna-Barbera corporate parent Taft Broadcasting reorganized the division as Taft-Hardie Group Pty. Ltd. In 1984, the company established a division in Los Angeles known as Southern Star Productions, headed by Buzz Potamkin. Programs produced by this division would be animated at Hanna-Barbera's studios in Sydney, and carried the name Southern Star/Hanna-Barbera Australia.

In 1988, Neil Balnaves led an A$11 million management buyout of Taft-Hardie, reorganizing the company as Southern Star Group. The Sydney animation facilities were also sold, while the Los Angeles division continued to operate until 1991 when it was sold to Turner Broadcasting System.

In April 2004, the company was acquired by Southern Cross Broadcasting and in 2007, by Fairfax Media.

In January 2009, Endemol acquired Southern Star Factual from Fairfax Media in a transaction worth A$75 million,[3][4] forming a division known as Endemol Southern Star.

On 11 December 2013, Southern Star announced it would re-brand as Endemol Australia.[1] Current Chief Executive Officer, Janeen Faithfull,[5] stated "As Endemol Australia we’ll continue to build on the heritage and successes of Southern Star."[1]

On 15 november 2016, Mark and Carl Fennessy become both new CEO of Endemol Australia and suceeds to Janeen Faithfull.[6]


Prime-time drama






  1. 1 2 3 "SOUTHERN STAR ENTERTAINMENT TO BECOME ENDEMOL AUSTRALIA". Endemol distribution news. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  2. http://www.southernstargroup.com/content/readnews.aspx?id=1510
  3. Prior, Alex (21 January 2009). "Southern Star: sold to Endemol (apart from some bits)". Screen Hub. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  4. Tabakoff, Nick (21 January 2009). "Berlusconi to own Fairfax's TV producer". The Australian. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  5. Tartaglione, Nancy (22 February 2012). "Australia's Southern Star Names TV Industry Vet Janeen Faithfull To CEO Post". Deadline. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  6. Endemol shine names Fennessy brothers as Joint Heads of Australian Unit, 15 november 2016, hollywoodreporter.com

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