As Head of Scripted for the leading Australian production company Essential Media & Entertainment, Ian is the producer and a co-creator of Doctor Doctor, Nine Network’s highest rating new drama of 2016 with a second series underway (internationally titled The Heart Guy); and of The Principal, the 4x1hr drama selected to screen at the Mannheim (Germany) and the Séries Mania (France) Film Festivals ahead of its release on SBS, as well as being one of Netflix’s ‘Top Series to Watch’. He has two further series in active development with SBS. He has produced four seasons of the AWG and AFI award winning ABC TV (plus an American version for Fox) comedy Rake, starring Richard Roxburgh and guest starring Toni Collette, Cate Blanchett, Rachel Griffiths, Hugo Weaving and Sam Neill; also three telemovies plus a 6x1hr drama series of Jack Irish, based on the award-winning books by crime novelist Peter Temple; and the APRA, ADG and AFI Award winning telemovie The Broken Shore, also based on a Peter Temple classic.
Ian is internationally renowned for producing the Oscar/BAFTA nominated Disney biopic Saving Mr Banks, starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson. In 2011, he produced On Trial a five-part documentary series filming criminal trials in the NSW District and WA Supreme Courts – the first time cameras have been granted access to film a murder trial; and was executive producer on the co-production Australia on Trial. In 2010 Ian series-produced the cross platform social history project The Making of Modern Australia for the ABC with a tie-in website and book by William McInnes. His other credits include the telemovies Stepfather of the Bride and Hell Has Harbour Views, and various drama docs and documentaries including Whatever! The Science of Teenagers, Rogue Nation, The Catalpa Rescue, A Case for the Coroner, Art House, The Shadow of Mary Poppins, and The Original Mermaid. Prior to television Ian worked a solicitor for Slater and Gordon and Cashman and Partners, and later as executive director for the Arts Law Centre of Australia.